Month: March 2016

10 Tips For Being A Good Listener

When we were young there was little understanding of the importance of listening to children with warmth and patience, so our parents couldn’t give us a model of how to do this. Our unheard feelings from our own childhood get triggered in challenging moments with our children.

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Reflections on Sibling Rivalry – Recording

Listen in on Certified Hand in Hand Instructor Kristen Volk and Hand in Hand trainer Juliannne Idleman as they share ideas about how to defuse the hard feelings that lead siblings to have a hard time with each other. We will also look at strategies to be used in “hot” situations – strategies that will help

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Your Child Really Does Want to Cooperate

So your child won’t listen cooperate when asked to do something? Welcome to messy, loud, real-life parenting! Check out our newest video below to learn how you can playfully bring out the cooperator your child. Was this video helpful for you? If so, leave a comment below!

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Mad Love: or Why We Let Our Kids Get Angry

Teaching kids healthy ways to deal with anger is challenging. It means caring for myself, asking for help through the hardest parts, pushing hard against the door and letting myself growl, “how dare they act like this after all I have done for them today!?!”

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Imperfect Is Good Enough

He reminds me that no one expects me to be perfect except myself. And I lose it over how much pressure I put on myself… and how I’m failing my children…

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Monday Blues are Cured by Special Time

His fear is real. His tears are real. This is my son, trusting me, showing me how he feels. And I honor the chance that he offers me, that of being there for him. We’re together in this.

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15 Tips To Stop Shouting at Your Children

  We’ve all been through it. That moment where you catch yourself saying things that you regret later. We all say things that don’t exactly sound like the loving, peaceful parent that we intend to be. It can feel like we are channelling an adult from our distant past, and we wonder why we have

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5 Simple Tips to Keep Connected (and joyful) Over The Holidays

“Agh!!! Same stuff, different scenery!!” This is NOT the kind of holiday I was expecting or used to! Being of the persistent kind of character I am, I did not give up the notion of fun, relaxing, enjoyable FAMILY holidays and charged onwards. Booking and planning family holidays until we got it right (I know

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Helping My Son While He Misses His Playmate

instead of telling him what to feel, I simply tried to make myself available for him and really listen. I let him take his time, while reassuring him that I was right there, fully listening to him and accepting him and his feelings just the way they were.

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How Children Heal Fear Through Play

Our parenting will never be perfect. Our children will inherit some hurts and fears from us. But play is a wonderful way children can make sense of their world, and tell stories. When we can play with them we can pick up on what makes them laugh, and help them release fear and upset.

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15 Playful Tips To Help ‘Shy’ Children Shine

  a guest post from Kate Orson, a Hand in Hand Parent Shyness is a label, often put on children, but actually it’s just a set of reactions to a certain situation. Who has a ‘shy’ child who can act totally confident and extrovert in some situations but not others? Have you noticed that sometimes

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