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How to Discipline Through Connection Using Your Child’s Love Language

How to Discipline Through Connection Using Your Child’s Love Language

My arms were still sore from scrubbing the dark streaks of marker my toddler had happily scribbled, off our porous pine dining table. I turned toward my oldest daughter. “I just told you not to leave your special (read; nonwashable) markers out where your little brother can reach them!” Had I been talking to a… Continue Reading

Avoid Power Struggles using this Problem Solving Script

Avoid Power Struggles using this Problem Solving Script

The bathroom is getting steamy. The water has been flowing for minutes, and your child is still fully clothed, refusing to budge. Every night it’s the same battle. You say that he needs to shower. He refuses to shower. A power struggle begins. Some nights, you try to wrestle him out of his clothes. Other… Continue Reading

Your Blueprint for Transforming Yelling into Cooperation

Your Blueprint for Transforming Yelling into Cooperation

How to Put Positive Discipline Tools into Action and Encourage Your Child to Listen “He never listens to me!” “I have to tell him 10 times!” “She’ll only pay attention if I yell!” How many of you have ever felt this way? Chances are that nearly all of us have felt irritated by our child’s inability to listen… Continue Reading

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

Taking a positive approach to discipline from the very start. Parents often spend a great deal of time in the early days invested in attending and understanding their babies cries and cues. When baby cries, you try to figure out what is needed. When baby is hungry you offer nourishment. When baby is tired, you… Continue Reading

How Empathy Helps When Your Child Acts Out

How Empathy Helps When Your Child Acts Out

 Parenting Your Child through Big Emotions Can be Challenging. “You’re disappointed with my decision,” you say empathetically. “Yeah! It’s not fair! Everyone else gets to go…except me!” your child yells back. You extend your arms as a peace offering, attempting to connect through this difficult situation. Glaring at you, yelling, “This is the worst day ever!”… Continue Reading

How to Be a Confident Parent

How to Be a Confident Parent

Your son is on the floor, arms and legs flailing. Crying and screaming at the top of his lungs. He’s been like this for 10 minutes already. If you could read his mind in this moment, he might be thinking, “Mom! Please help me! I’m feeling so disappointed. I want to stop crying, but I… Continue Reading

What to Say When You Don’t Know WHAT to Say to Your Kids

What to Say When You Don’t Know WHAT to Say to Your Kids

Sometimes, our kids come to us with big problems. Big worries. Big confessions or difficult questions.  In a perfect world, we would have all of the answers. We’d know exactly how to respond and we’d say it with the ideal inflection and corresponding body language. But, in reality, big topics often turn into disastrous conversations… Continue Reading

Discipline: Teaching Through Love Instead of Fear

Discipline: Teaching Through Love Instead of Fear

“However we treat the child, the child will treat the world.” – Pam Leo Can you imagine threatening your partner or good friend by counting “One… two… three…” if he or she did not do what you wanted? One of the big issues in schools today is “bullying.” Parents and teachers struggle daily with how… Continue Reading

Helping your Child through Change or Difficult Transitions

Helping your Child through Change or Difficult Transitions

Moving house, starting a new school, the birth of a sibling or any other changes and transitions can be very challenging for some children. Change can bring on tears, fears, anxiety, worry and even “misbehaviors” or “acting out.” While parents often see the importance of helping their children through big transitions, such as the birth of a… Continue Reading