Preschool

Resilience: A parenting buzzword gone bad

The Burden of “Resilience” I recently read another feel-good post about letting go of grievances and how important this skill is for children. Certainly, carrying an unresolved grievance—even those that are morally understandable—is a burden. But, asserting the importance of “letting go” without a hint of “how to” is just […]

Halloween Holiday Help

Halloween can be fun for both children and adults. However, when children are toddlers and preschoolers, it can be a season with great challenges. For older children, it’s a time when discussions may turn to issues of independence and appropriateness. Here are just a few things for you to consider beyond what costume to choose.

Sudden Change of Behavior

With an abrupt behavior change we often look for an event, an environment or a physical demand that has become stressful to the child.

When Friends Won’t Share

It is a part of being human to have to sort through experiences that disappoint or frustrate us. Here are suggestions to help you coach and guide as your child works through the challenges of having an independent social life.

When Time Out Isn’t

When Time Out Isn't

Constant supervision is not Time Out; it’s Time Together. What makes Time Out an effective and appropriate teaching strategy? When is it not the best strategy?

“I Hate Mommy”

Quite common in young children. We help by giving names to the desires and emotions underlying their “hate yous” and by offering ways to cope.

Baby & Sibling Safe Play

Supporting a positive sibling relationship while also keeping a new baby safe is a common parenting challenge. Toddlers and preschoolers are still very much learning about body self-management, impulse control and boundaries. With your help, their developmental work will lead to higher levels of emotional intelligence that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Stranger Danger

To keep children safe but not, at the same time, teach them that the world is to be feared, we focus on developing the child’s own safety skills and we talk to them about who can help them.

“Hurt Over Nothing”

Despite what it looks like, this is not an issue of toughness or fragility. This one is about relationship. Your child is checking in, testing, confirming that “mom and dad are here for me.”

Discipline Skills

Discipline is one of the most complicated and challenging responsibilities of parenthood. It involves a mix of interlocking elements, all of which may

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