Month: October 2015

Being Listened To Myself Allowed Me To See The Bigger Picture!

I was getting more and more frustrated one weekend, over my son being so distracted, unfocused and generally annoying! In particular his lack of focus when eating was driving me mad! He would spin around in his chair, dropping food all over the floor, eat with his hands, not his cutlery even though I had

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What Are You Waiting For?

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Setting Limits With A Child To Not Put Things In Her Mouth

Note: The limits expressed in this blog post represent the feelings of the author and may be different from the limits in your family. Whatever the limit may need to be, how it is set, and how you handle the way your child feels about that limit are the important thing to focus on. You

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The 5 Keys to Raising Siblings Who Get Along

Your kiddos don’t want to fight with each other or constantly feel like things are unfair. At their core, siblings want to be friends and get along. But here’s the catch — they need your help to do so. In this video, Patty describes a 5-point approach to supporting cooperative and harmonious sibling relationships. Once

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The Best Policy for Helping Siblings Share

When your kiddos fight over the tire swing, what they really want is something much deeper. What your kids are longing for is a close relationship with one another where they get along really well.  But the secret is … they need your help to do that. This video explains the one intervention you can

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Getting Support As You Raise Siblings

When our children hurt each other, we need help ourselves Seeing one sibling hurt another is one of the most trying times in our lives as parents. It makes us feel like we aren’t succeeding at the really important part of parenting. And often, it sets us up to be harsh toward the child who

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When One Sibling is Harsh toward Another

Children who touch too roughly, hug too tightly, or hit or poke or hurt their siblings are sending clear signals that they have some upsets that need to be listened to. Even very young children can be gentle with younger ones, as long as they feel “filled up” with attention and relaxed. So any sign

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sister and brother laughing together

Three Steps To Stop Sibling Rivalry Before it Happens

It’s the one thing we hope won’t happen when another child arrives in our families, but for most of us, sibling rivalry is a real issue. Here are three steps you can take to calm those sibling stresses. 1. Watch for Triggers An important strategy for parents of siblings is to notice what the likely

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When your child needs you and you can’t help

When your child needs you and you can’t help

When children cry for more closeness or get upset because you can’t help them right away, it can be an excellent chance to help them fully release the sadness they feel. Once the crying has begun, a loving look or a tender word, an invitation to come and snuggle, to sit on your feet or

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A Policy for Reducing Tension When Children Won’t Share

A policy that helps children share The policy I like best about helping children share disputed items is that the child who has the item gets to keep it until they are done. Meanwhile, the parent “helps the other child wait” by making sure they are gently stopped if they try to grab the desired

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Foster More Good Moments Between Siblings

Raising children in our fast-paced, adult-oriented society is challenging enough with one child, but adding siblings to the mix brings a unique set of joys and difficulties. Sibling rivalry can quickly arise, leading to tension and conflict. However, with a few important strategies, we as parents and caregivers can nurture a loving and playful relationship

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Games to Help Your Older Child Feel Special - Tackling Sibling Rivalry

Games to Help Your Older Child Feel Special

After a new sibling has arrived, an older child’s feelings will be both large with love and wonder, and tight with upset about their sibling’s intrusion into their relationship and time with you. One of the more fruitful ways to handle this is to find a way to play “I want you!” games with your

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Your Ultimate Sibling Rivalry Survival Guide

Raising one child is challenging in our fast-paced and adult-oriented society. Raising more than one child brings added joys, and often, difficult feelings that start with the older child and eventually infect the younger child too. Those feelings of sibling rivalry can be lifted by a few important strategies which, employed early and often, can

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When We Mess Up As Parents – Replay

Join special guest Dr. Lawrence Cohen and Hand in Hand founder Patty Wipfler in this free teleseminar, as they explore the concrete steps we parents can take to rebuild our self-confidence and our relationships when we’re responsible for a hard spell. With good tools and understandings, we can move ourselves out of troubled interactions, so we and our

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