Positive Parenting can help toddlers feel safe, loved, capable and cooperative. Toddlers love to test limits and say no. Sometimes toddlers may cry a lot. For that reason, toddlers get quite the reputation for being terrible… But the toddler years don’t have to be terrible. The so called terrible two’s can be in fact quite terrific.… Continue Reading

Helping Your Toddler Manage Anger and Aggression

Helping Your Toddler Manage Anger and Aggression

On a sunny, beautiful morning, Mariah was on the floor, in a pile of tears. Her little hands stretched wide reaching desperately for Jenny. More accurately, reaching for the apple and egg in Jenny’s hands. Because for Mariah, in that moment, only those two play food items were the right ones. All other toys in…

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

When children don’t listen, being calm and confident can take extra effort, but really it is the key to getting kids to listen. To encourage children to listen more, and stop yelling you can try these three steps.

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care Does your toddler like or dislike brushing teeth? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their…

How Can I Get My Kids to Listen?

How Can I Get My Kids to Listen?

How Parents Can Increase Cooperation with Positive Discipline How Can I get My Kids to Listen? This is by far one of the most frequent questions I am asked in my parent coaching practice. After ruling out a true hearing issue, I often remind parents of the saying “It’s not what you say, but how you…

Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?

Are Natural Consequences A Good Discipline Choice?

  Natural Consequences are often talked about as the go-to gentle alternative to punitive actions like time-outs or removing privileges. Using natural consequences can, in fact, be an excellent parenting tool, but sometimes resorting to natural consequences may be ineffective and downright dangerous. When used properly, children can learn a lot from natural consequences, however…

Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time Outs

Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time Outs

Here are twelve alternatives to time outs that give parents and children a chance to address choices and situations with the intention to offer guidance while maintaining a positive, respectful and peaceful connection. These alternatives are mostly geared towards children aged 1 to 6 years but also work well beyond that too.

Why Threats and Bribes Don’t Lead to Cooperation and What to Try Instead

Why Threats and Bribes Don’t Lead to Cooperation and What to Try Instead

How to discipline children in a way that is positive and effective without using bribes, threats or rewards. Getting children to cooperate can be tricky at times. Especially when you have more than one child and busy schedules. It’s not unusual to turn to quick fixes like threats and bribes to get children to listen…

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

These Six Positive Parenting strategies can help you respond to your child when they are behaving in defiant, disrespectful or unhelpful ways. Children often act out when they are lost, fearful and in need of guidance. A child that is being defiant needs to reconnect with you and find his way back to calm. And until…

Positive Parenting Tips for Easing Daily Transitions with Your Toddler

Positive Parenting Tips for Easing Daily Transitions with Your Toddler

Inside: How to Help Your Toddler Transition Well From One Activity to the Next without Tantrums It was time to close up playgroup, a classic toddler transition time that often ends up with one or more children crying. On this day it was no different. A little boy sat on a mini blue trike, holding…

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

To stop child tantrums it is best to understand why tantrums happen and what helps your child feel better.  Most children have tantrums during the toddler years. Tantrums can also happen during early childhood and are perfectly normal expressions of overwhelm, frustration and other emotions. Throwing a tantrum is part of learning to control impulses…

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