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Conquer Yelling & Overcome Anger: 2-Part Blog Series

Conquer Yelling & Overcome Anger: 2-Part Blog Series

Do you feel like screaming when your toddler takes too long to put on his shoes? Do you worry that your child is still hitting at school, or that your preteen just declared she’s going on a diet?

Most of us are triggered by our children multiple times a day. And it’s often our own behavior that makes things worse.
when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

Conquer Yelling & Overcome Anger: 2-Part Blog Series

Conquer Yelling & Overcome Anger: 2-Part Blog Series

Do you feel like screaming when your toddler takes too long to put on his shoes? Do you worry that your child is still hitting at school, or that your preteen just declared she’s going on a diet?

Most of us are triggered by our children multiple times a day. And it’s often our own behavior that makes things worse.
when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

Rebuilding After the Sibling Storm: Turning conflict into connection

Rebuilding After the Sibling Storm: Turning conflict into connection

Do you feel like screaming when your toddler takes too long to put on his shoes? Do you worry that your child is still hitting at school, or that your preteen just declared she’s going on a diet?

Most of us are triggered by our children multiple times a day. And it’s often our own behavior that makes things worse.
when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

Put A Lid On It

Put A Lid On It

Good listening is the cornerstone to good parenting. But so often, we find ourselves:
interrupting, negotiating, instructing, criticizing, or correcting our children.
Good listening doesn’t mean you have to give in to your child’s demands. You can set limits, and, in fact, limits are vital for children. But once you’ve set a limit, you don’t need to say much. You can briefly explain why they can’t have a bag of gummies in the check out line, but don’t get into a full blown argument with them, especially when they’re upset.
when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

One of the Most Important Things You Can Do this Year

One of the Most Important Things You Can Do this Year

Do you feel like screaming when your toddler takes too long to put on his shoes? Do you worry that your child is still hitting at school, or that your preteen just declared she’s going on a diet?

Most of us are triggered by our children multiple times a day. And it’s often our own behavior that makes things worse.
when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

Taming Parent Tantrums: 8 Keys to Quieting the Storm

Taming Parent Tantrums: 8 Keys to Quieting the Storm

Although our children notice when we yell, scream, or grab too tight, they are not at fault. As psychologist Laura Markham notes, “…no one ever really ‘triggers’ you. They’re your triggers, from your own childhood, from other traumas, or from your current stress. Your child has simply unearthed them and is giving you the opportunity to heal them.”

when parents need a time out
You can tame your tantrums. Here are eight things you can do when you’re in the grip of anger and need a time out.

Making a Good Mix: Seven Tips For Step-parenting and Blended Families

Making a Good Mix: Seven Tips For Step-parenting and Blended Families

Developing happy and harmonious relationships in any family comes with its challenges, but blending two different families has its own particular bumps and bright spots. It can take several years, or more, for stepfamilies to find a groove that is comfortable for everyone.

The early years can be particularly challenging. Not only are new couples getting to know each other and developing their own relationship, there are relationships with biological and stepchildren to nurture as well.

The Secret to Helping Your Baby’s Brain Grow

The Secret to Helping Your Baby’s Brain Grow

Although we parents might feel like we spend every moment with a new baby, our days are also filled with the work it takes to run a family. There is laundry to be done, meals to prepare, diapers to change, showers to slip into when we have a moment, and errands to run when we can. And so we get busy around our babies. Even when we’re with our babies hour after hour, sometimes 3:00 p.m. rolls around and we haven’t actually connected with them yet.

There is More to Sharing Than Taking Turns

Sometimes children love to share. A child passes out a cupcake to each friend at a party; offers his baby sister the toy he knows she’ll love; or asks grandma to buy something for her siblings in addition to her own gift when they are at the toy store together.

But sometimes…children are not so generous or loving. All children have trouble sharing at times. A child might hoard all of the “best” sandbox toys for herself, or run to snag the best seat in the car before his siblings get there.

The “do-nothing-say-nothing” Challenge

The “do-nothing-say-nothing” Challenge

OK, that’s it! Time out! And no more screen time for the rest of the week! Have  you tried time outs, punishments, or rewards lately? The problem with these parenting techniques is that they tend to increase your children’s anger and resentment. Your kids are actually...