WE CAN WORK IT OUT! 6 Steps to Help Children Resolve Conflicts and Solve Problems

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Conflict resolution and problem solving are two of the most important skills we can teach our children. Think about it … Being able to work out a problem with a peer and come to a reasonable resolution is something that helps us in work and personal relationships throughout our lives. Here are few tips to help you teach problem solving skills with children starting as young as three years old. Taking a little time to follow these steps will translate into much less time bickering and fighting and more time to do the fun things. Not only that, but you… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on February 7, 2017

11 Tips for Handling Your Child’s Anger

Adoption/Post-Adoption
Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

“Do not teach your children never to be angry. Teach them how to be angry.” Wise words from theologian and author, Lyman Abbott (1835-1922) How do we as parents support our child’s difficult feelings of anger while also taking care of ourselves? Author, mom, and parenting coach, Barbara Joy, has some great tips! Validate and help your child name their feelings: “I can see how angry you are. Would you like to tell me about it? Or, “You’re angry because …”  Reflect what you think your child is feeling. Help to set boundaries around inappropriate expressions of anger, and explain appropriate… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on February 6, 2017

Are You a “Good Enough” Parent?

Parents Tips

What makes the job of being a parent so exhausting for so many of us? We love our children deeply, we cherish the connection and moments of joy that come from our special and unique families. Yet our children can push our buttons, frustrate us, and bring us to a level of anger that is often surprising and guilt producing. I believe much of this comes from our unrealistic expectations of ourselves and of our children. How do we better align our expectations with reality? This is a tall order! Here are some reminders that might help in those moments… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on January 25, 2017

5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Shootings in schools, movie theaters, and airports. War and terrorism. Car accidents, plane crashes, earthquakes … The list of horrible things that can happen is endless. And the fact that the world can be very dangerous is in stark contrast to one of our jobs as parents—to give our children safe space to explore the world and become independent individuals. But how do we do this when we can’t guarantee their safety all the time? And how do we respond to our kids when they’re frightened by the very real dangers of today’s world? Kids may respond to feeling unsafe… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on January 19, 2017

From Greed to Gratitude: The 6 Things You Can Do to Raise Kids Who Feel Empowered But Not Entitled

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Even with the holiday gift-giving frenzy behind us now, kids seem to have an insatiable appetite for stuff—the must-have toys, the most on-trend clothes, or the latest tech gadget. Maybe you give in because you want your kids to have the kinds of things that you missed out on as a kid. Or perhaps you feel ambivalent about setting limits. Or maybe you don’t want your kids to feel disappointment. We all want our children to be happy but constantly giving in can make it difficult to teach them what truly matters in life. If you’ve ever wondered, “How much… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on January 9, 2017

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