Why choose Positive Parenting? A positive approach to parenting helps children feel capable, cooperative, confident and connected to you.  Positive parenting is not just letting go of punishments. And it’s not permissive either. Positive Parenting is choosing to be actively involved in connecting with your child and supporting them to grow well. Children are very capable and willing to… Continue Reading

Toddler Misbehavior Improves with Positive Discipline

Toddler Misbehavior Improves with Positive Discipline

Inside: Defiance and misbehavior in the toddler years is very normal. Positive discipline makes it easier for you to stop unwanted behaviors and guide your toddler to behave in better ways.  Your misbehaving toddler might be giving you a headache or a hard time, but rest assured that toddler defiance is very normal.  In most…

How To Discipline Toddler Misbehavior Using Time In instead of Time Out

How To Discipline Toddler Misbehavior Using Time In instead of Time Out

Time Out is no longer recommended for managing toddler misbehavior. Here is a step by step guide on how to use Time In when disciplining your child.  Your hair fell off mama. I caught it for you. That’s what I heard one morning as I was waking up. Before me, stood my 2.5 year old, scissors in one…

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

Understanding why children tell lies and how to discipline in a way that fosters honesty and healthy development. “My room was full of flying dragons last night, they knocked over the books, not me!” Children often tell fibs, stretch a tale and blame mysterious creatures for misbehaviour. Lying, is actually a sign of intelligence. While…

Teach Your Child How To Be A Critical Thinker

Teach Your Child How To Be A Critical Thinker

Inside: Learn parenting strategies that support the development of critical thinking skills in childhood  “Mom. I made a mistake”said my seven year old. As the word mistake echoed around the two of us, I noticed my son’s scrunched up face. He was clearly worried so I sat down. Shoulder to shoulder with my son I said  “I’m listening.”…

Child Discipline: Patience and Warmth are More Likely to Stop Misbehavior Than Threats and Anger

Child Discipline: Patience and Warmth are More Likely to Stop Misbehavior Than Threats and Anger

Discipline for Children: Three effective ways to stay patient and talk so your child will listen and cooperate. Discipline for children is most effective when it’s aimed at creating cooperation and a sense of trust and respect. When parents focus on using discipline strategies that are respectful and positive, children thrive and grow well. One…

This Simple Change To How You Set Limits On Misbehavior Will Help Your Kids Listen To You

This Simple Change To How You Set Limits On Misbehavior Will Help Your Kids Listen To You

Eight Key Phrases for setting limits without having to raise your voice using Positive Discipline The idea of parenting with kindness and firmness at the same time sounded so appealing when I first heard it. But I still struggled: What does kind and firm parenting look like, in the moment, when my child is driving…

25 Questions That Get Kids to Talk About School

25 Questions That Get Kids to Talk About School

What are you looking forward to learning in school tomorrow/this month/this year? Talking to children about school gives us a really wonderful opportunity to discover how our children are doing, adjusting, learning and getting along with peers and teachers. So, has your child shared a special moment about school with you this year?

Trusting Your Parenting Intuition Might Be A Really Good Thing (Especially If You Help It Along)

Trusting Your Parenting Intuition Might Be A Really Good Thing (Especially If You Help It Along)

Many years ago, my mother-in-law told me that I was reading too many books about parenting. She said that I should trust my parenting intuition, because the right answers would just come to me. Her vote of confidence felt lovely…and yet, later that night, what “came to me” was a yelling match when my daughter…

10 Positive Parenting Tips For More Family Happiness

10 Positive Parenting Tips For More Family Happiness

Positive parenting can bring real joy into your home, improve cooperation and listening. There are many benefits to choosing a positive approach to parenting.  Several studies have shown that children feel safe and grow confident when parents treat them with respect and kindness (especially when correcting behaviors). These Ten Positive Parenting Tips can bring your…

Best Practices for Screen Time Management for Young Children

Best Practices for Screen Time Management for Young Children

Screen time management ideas to help you connect with your child and limit technology use in a positive way. For most kids, summer is a time of freedom – from classrooms, strict schedules and the general humdrum of the school year. But summer also means more screen time. Time on gaming devices, tablets and other…

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