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Feel Confident in Your Connected Parenting–Even when your child is misbehaving

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If you’re wondering if you’re failing because your child’s behavior isn’t what you’ve been aiming for, and you’ve been learning to use a connected parenting approach but you think maybe it’s not “working”–how can you feel confident in your connected parenting and know that you’re doing a good job? And how can you feel reassured …

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Stop Forcing Your Child to Say Sorry, and What To Do Instead

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Parents often try to teach their kids to say “sorry” by insisting they say it, but forcing your child to say sorry never teaches genuine remorse or regret–especially if your child is upset and doesn’t want to. Parents who take this approach may: I get it! And I agree that it’s important for kids to …

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Holiday Season: Less Stress, More Connection and Nostalgia

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The holiday season brings mixed feelings for many, especially Moms who often carry the brunt of the workload for creating a wonderful or magical experience for others. I thought I’d share a few things that I’m either doing this Christmas, or have done over the years, to create a little less stress and more connection …

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Am I a Bad Parent? How to Let Go of Parenting Guilt

Parents who are committed to being the best parent they can be are often also hard on themselves and find it difficult to let go of parenting guilt. However, self-judgment or guilt never help us to be our best. Here’s a different approach to take in your parenting practice that can help you become the …

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How to Avoid Undermining Your Parenting Partner

Parents of sensitive spirited kids who want to avoid undermining your parenting partner—As you’re learning to use a connected parenting approach, but maybe your co-parent or partner wants to focus more on behavior or rewards/consequences and feels undermined when you use a connecting approach ➡️ I’ve got connected strategies for you! ✨✨❣️❣️ 🔥 Here are …

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Build Your Child’s Self-Confidence

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One of the most regulating and affirming practices we can offer our child is to “see them and hear them”. It can build your child’s self-confidence and also calm them. Here’s why many parents struggle with this. We’re most capable of seeing and hearing our child when we have our own need to be seen …

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How to Break the Cycle of Shame with Your Child

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Shame is one of the most painful human feelings, and it tends to be passed from generation to generation. As a parent, the last thing you want is for your child experience the same shame pain you’ve experienced, so you want to know how to break the cycle of shame with your child. Your child’s …

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3 Reasons Why Teenagers Rebel

In this post, I’ll share 3 reasons why teenagers rebel, and what you can do about it. The teen years. Some parents start dreading this phase early on, when their kids are still toddlers and they experience the first inkling of their child resisting their guidance. For me, the worry that I may not always …

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How to Help Kids Who Are Too Hard on Themselves

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It’s heartbreaking to watch kids who are too hard on themselves. Maybe your child compares themselves to others and feels they’re not good enough in some way (e.g., “I hate my curly hair!”, “I’m stupid”, “I’m terrible at math” or “nobody likes me”). Or perhaps they’re so anxious about performing poorly that they won’t try …

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