Preschool

Bite My Tongue or Speak Up? When adults disagree over parenting

Parenting encompasses so much more than just an adult to child relationship. In fact, new parents are often taken by surprise by just how much this new relationship with their child impacts their other close relationships. Of course, this is most obvious in the co-parent relationship, but also (and this […]

“Smart” is this label trapping your child?

If you encountered a magic fairy who promised wonderful things if you would only put your child in a box, would you put your child in a box? Before you shout “Of course, not!,” what if she told you, “It’s a beautiful box and others will envy you and your […]

Saying “No” with Love

A recent feature in the New York Times about spas that cater to children made me sad. But not exactly for the reasons you’d expect. It was because of this quote, from a mom of one of the pint-sized spa-goers: “I don’t want them to feel that my saying ‘No’ means that I don’t […]

I want, I want…gimme…gimme!

It can be hard to live with a chorus of “I want…gimme, gimme.” Whether expectations are based on advertising images of children with floor-to-ceiling wish lists or simply enjoying a friend’s toy or game, every parent at some time will face the expectations that children bring to the Christmas season. For […]

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.

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