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Your Calm is Their Calm

Dear Parents:  During this time of stress and change, please care for yourselves well so that your children can feel “calm” and “safety” exuding from you. ♡ With all the changes in our daily lives because of the coronavirus, and many parents finding themselves at home with kids—either trying to work with kids around, or …

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Whose Job Is It Anyways?

It’s always the parent’s (or teacher’s) job to take responsibility for creating connection with a child; it’s never the child’s responsibility to initiate connection. I see this get turned around sometimes, when parents or teachers use a child’s behaviour to justify their own disconnecting actions. For instance, a child speaks “rudely” to the parent or …

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17 Strategies for Staying Connected to Your (Rebellious) Teen

It can be tempting to let go of a teen who suddenly seems to be rebelling and resisting against everything. But they need us to hold on more than ever. When our teens rebel with big energy, we sometimes buy into the widespread belief that there isn’t anything we can do to help, and so …

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How to Get Your Kids to Listen Without Rewards and Threats

Photo Credit: Ulriki Mai When I tried to stop using reward and punishments, my son totally ignored most things I asked him to do. I was SO frustrated, and couldn’t figure out why the strategies I was learning in books weren’t working. I now know that I hadn’t yet learned the other skills I needed …

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Parenting Strategies for Tantrums that Will Make Your Holidays More Peaceful

The holiday season is almost upon us, and with the busy-ness of the season, sometimes kids are more prone to tantrums or emotional outbursts. Here are some strategies for calming your child’s tantrums with skill and confidence, and also for preventing them over the holiday season. The strategies not only help calm your child in-the-moment, …

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Why Teaching Your Kids to “Be Nice” Blocks Their Empathy

I’ve always cringed at the idea of telling my son to “be nice” or to “be good” because to me, those instructions are intended to get your child to change his behavior to meet someone else’s approval, regardless of how he’s feeling or what he needs.  Perhaps that’s not every parent’s intention, but because my …

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This is How to Help Your Kids Set Boundaries

As parents, we want our kids to be authentic—to recognize their unique gifts and use them to create a meaningful life for themselves, rather than caving in to peer pressure because they lack confidence or don’t set boundaries. Perfectionism makes it difficult for our children to set boundaries and be their authentic selves because perfectionists …

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How to Calm Your Child at Bedtime: One Simple Practice

If you have difficulty settling your child at bedtime because he’s hyperactive or excited, this game will help bring him into a more regulated state conducive to sleep. It can also help calm him after a tantrum, or when he’s emotionally distraught or unable to control his behaviour. This game helps you to tap directly …

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1 Sure and Easy Practice to Connect with your Kids

On days when it feels like your relationship with your child is falling apart, a strong foundational parent-child connection makes your relationship resilient enough to endure the conflict, and enables you to repair with more ease. All parents need a “tool kit” that contains simple regular daily practices for building a deep connection with their …

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Fortnite: Tips to Limit Video Gaming

I read an article* about the new video game, Fortnite, the other day. According to the article, the game has some parents worried because their kids seem to have more difficulty turning it off than other video games. It prompted me to jot down a few tips to support you and your kids as you …

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