Parenting Topics

Parenting Topics

  • Do your children have parents or competitors?
    Shiny, Happier People To describe the vast and varied role of the parent we turn to a whole list of occupations—doctor, police officer, counselor, game...
  • 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...
  • Sleep–Your Parenting Matters: Your 3-8 year old
    Sleep Although every child is different, there are average sleep requirements for children Most preschool children need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep in...
  • Climate Change: Is it raining on your family's parade?
    Climate Change: Is it raining on your family’s parade?
    Families can be stormy. Some are so full of conflict that children and adults face various levels of assault–verbal, emotional or physical–on a regular basis....
  • "Pity Playdate Offer"
    “Pity Playdate Offer”
    Facing disappointment is hard no matter what our age. But when the other child calls later to make mutual plans it is not a “pity...
  • Halloween Holiday Help
    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...
  • Sudden Change of Behavior
    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
    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...
  • 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...
  • "I Hate Mommy"
    “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
    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...
  • Stranger Danger
    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...
  • "Hurt Over Nothing"
    “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,...
  • Discipline Skills
    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...
  • Daycare or Preschool Refusal
    Daycare or Preschool Refusal
    It can be confusing when what was once fine, suddenly isn’t. Yet every one of us knows how it feels to have to do something...
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