Month: August 2016

Calm Parenting Big Families

Parenting challenges multiply in larger families. The grocery list is bigger for sure. The laundry takes longer. And there’s always some little person pulling at your hand demanding to be heard. In her recent book Listen: Five Tools to Meet your Everyday Parenting Challenges, author and Hand in Hand founder Patty Wipfler outlines a set of five

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One Simple Way to Build Cooperation with your Child

We’re often terribly frustrated when we try to get our children to cooperate. On this issue, there seem to be two camps. Many of us get so fed up with our inability to control our kids that we give up. We just pick up the toys or clear the table ourselves, but resentment builds over

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Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges Replay

Join Hand in Hand Founder, Patty Wipfler, and her co-author, Tosha Schore, Your Partner in Parenting, for this free parenting call that will explain five simple, practical skills even the most harried parent can use. These tools will help you strengthen your connection with your child and help build your child’s intelligence, cooperation, and ability

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What To Do When Your Child Wants to Quit

Classes are opening and tryouts are on. But what happens if your child refuses to go? Are you respecting their wishes if you agree, or are you holding them back from opportunity? Here, one mother faces just that dilemma when her son wants to quit baseball. As she digs deeper she discovers it wasn’t the sport

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Get Listen Heard! A Call for Help…

“Every parent I’ve listened to has done their best to love their child,” – Patty Wipfler Where were you in your parenting journey when you discovered Hand in Hand? Flipping between parenting styles? Unhappy with the discipline you were using? Shouting, threatening, stressed? That was about where Patty Wipfler was, as a young parent, with two

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5 Ways To Play Away Parenting Struggles

Giggles and laughter are stress dissolvers, making play a great way to tackle many everyday parenting challenges. In her book Listen: Five Tools To Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, Patty Wipfler lists Playlistening as one of five essential parenting tools for calm, connected parenting. When parents use the Playlistening tool, they act goofy, promoting laughter and

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How Can I Help my Shy Kid Get to Class?

    Q: Dear Hand in Hand Parenting My five year old girl acts shy at school. Although she knows everyone in her class, and they’ve been patient and warm with her, she can never make eye contact of speak to anyone that greets her when we arrive to her class each morning. She does

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Handling Sibling Sibling Battles with Empathy

“This afternoon I could tell that my four-year-old was going off track. His behavior was erratic, and he couldn’t seem to settle. I didn’t exactly see what happened, but I heard my seventeen-month-old daughter crying. I walked over and my son said, “She just fell,” which he has been saying sometimes when he hurts her.

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Learn Five Tools That Will Transform The Way You Parent In One Week

Discover Hand in Hand’s approach and an introduction to the Five Tools for calmer, connected parenting in Days 1-6 and then see how the tools work for real-life families on Days 7 and 8. Day 1: Five Tools To Transform Your ParentingDay 2: Special Time: Building Connection in MinutesDay 3: Three Steps to Setting LimitsDay 4: Staylistening: How Does Crying

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5 Reasons to Start a Listen Bookclub

If you ever felt you craved a real parenting community, a place where you and like-minded parents could gather and discuss your experiences? Then start a Listen Bookclub. A Listen Bookclub is a chance to explore the book’s Five Tools in the company of others, and a way to progress your parenting in a relaxed and

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Are Secret Fears Driving Your Child’s Aggression?

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 8 In the last of our series of Listen Launch Posts, Patty Wipfler talks about how children’s deep down fears can erupt in patterns of aggression and how releasing those fears comes through a loving and supportive presence. Unlocking Secret Fears Fear underlies many of our children’s persistent struggles.

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Five Types of Bad Behavior and Why They Happen

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 7  Does it seem that disagreements rise up out of nowhere in your family? Tantrums, upsets, and arguments may seem to happen over such small occurrences but are often caused by a built up store of worry and fears. We often call children’s outbursts “bad behavior” but in

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What is Hand in Hand Parenting’s Playlistening tool?

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 5 Play is the safe cradle in which our children experiment, express themselves, and explore their world. Whatever the activity, your child is playing when her actions are spontaneous, she controls her role, and there’s no pressure to reach a goal. Play is its own reward, and is

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What is a Listening Partnership and Why Do I Need One?

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 6 You’ve seen your children release their feelings of hurt and tension. They’re naturals! The minute something challenging happens, they dive right in to expel the tension. With a Listening Partnership, it’s your turn. So, What is a Listening Partnership? Listening Partnerships are simple to do. You choose someone

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Staylistening – How Does Crying Help You and Your Child?

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 4 Understandably, parents often become annoyed by crying and use all kinds of strategies to hush their child up. In my family, the stock threat was, “If you don’t stop your crying right now, I’ll give you something to cry about!” The policy was dead straight: “No crying

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