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

Positive Parenting: What it Takes to Set a Limit with Kindness

Positive Parenting: What it Takes to Set a Limit with Kindness

Setting limits can be done in a kind, firm and non threatening manner.  The thing is, sometimes it can be tricky to find the balance between kindness and permissiveness. I really find that having limits, particularly with three children is really important.  Wanting to set a limit without provoking any sort of upset sometimes is…

Helping Your Toddler Self Regulate and Learn to Manage Anger and Aggression

Helping Your Toddler Self Regulate and Learn to Manage Anger and Aggression

Inside: Understand the feelings behind aggressive behaviors and help your toddler manage big meltdowns and fits of anger. 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…

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

Taking a positive approach to discipline for toddlers from the very start. There is a lot of information out there on how to best discipline toddlers but did you know, the best discipline strategy already starts in the baby years?  Parents often spend a great deal of time in the early days invested in attending…

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 To Do When Consequences Don’t Work

What To Do When Consequences Don’t Work

Three Parenting Strategies To Try when Consequences Stop Working and your Child is Misbehaving Does this scenario feel familiar? It’s getting close to the end of the day, and you are expecting your child to clean up toys, wash up, help set the table, get ready for bed and go to sleep. Only problem is,…

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 To Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child

How To Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Emotionally intelligent children not only recognize and manage their own feelings, they are also able to understand emotional states of others.  Emotional intelligence is also important for healthy development.

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.

Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits

Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits

Most parents have great intentions when they come up with limits and boundaries. Which rules to set and why they are important are usually clear.  The power struggles and negotiation start when parents find that  keeping those limits, following through, just doesn’t go so well. While most children will not actually admit to wanting or…

Positive Parenting: Why Keeping Our Limits When Children Become Upset is Important

Positive Parenting: Why Keeping Our Limits When Children Become Upset is Important

When we let go of punitive parenting and authority over the child style of parenting, setting a limit with kindness and consistency and then actually holding it may at first feel similar to punishing or being authoritarian. With time and practice though, it is possible to be confident, calm and consistent in a way that conveys that the limits are about creating safety, building trust and guidance.

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