Month: October 2016

How I Faced Bedtime Fears With Play

My five-year-old son had been having trouble getting to sleep on his own. We had several weeks of him resisting bed time. He didn’t want to be alone in his room and kept coming up with lots things he “had to have” before he could sleep. My husband and I were curious about what had changed, but

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5 Parenting Tricks To Make Halloween A Real Treat

Halloween is a time for fun, thrills and excitement, but it’s also a time for costumes, candy and chaos. No wonder children can become a little, er, “ghoulish.”

Here’s how you can use Hand in Hand’s Playlistening and Staylistening tools to overcome 5 common Halloween hurdles.

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Working with Separation Anxiety Replay

Join Hand in Hand Instructors Shelley Macy and Laura Minnigerode as they share their experience helping early childhood educators, and many others, ease separation struggles and help parents and children to be able to enjoy their time apart. Looking for a great online course on Separation Anxiety? Say no more – We have a Self-Guided

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How To Reconnect with your Child After Time Apart

  Several times when I come to pick up my sons after they’ve spent an afternoon with my mother, one will look at me severely and tell me “Oh! Not you!” Through Hand in Hand Parenting I’ve discovered that these type of responses come when one of my son’s feels our connection is lost, and so I

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A No-Fuss Way to Set Limits on Screen Time

My four-year-old son LOVES garbage trucks. He is obsessed with them, and not just the trucks. He loves everything to do with garbage disposal: garbage cans, recycling, compost, trips to the landfill, and the garbage itself. He sorts all of our trash and puts our cans on the curb. He wakes up an hour early

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Why Special Time Helps You and Your Tween

This week my 12-year-old son and I took a few days off school. He is recovering from a heavy cold and I took the time off to look after him. I was also hoping to fill my own cup following some low-level ailments. Yesterday, we took a little walk out in the sunshine. He was

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Help Your Children with Fear

Hand in Hand Certified Instructors Michelle Kokel and Shaheen Merali talk about the parenting tools you can use to support your child through fear. Find out how to strengthen your child’s sense of connection so they can begin to offload their fear, regain their confidence, and feel more at ease with all the world has to offer.  

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How to Help Kids Face Their Fears with Play

Halloween might be scare season, but kids get scared even by everyday experiences. The teacher who gives a stern look could mean a child gets anxious about going to school. A trip to the doctors office for shots is never nice, but for some kids equals pure terror. Another child in the park calling your son

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Preschooler Crying: Amazing Transformation When a Teacher Listens

By Laura Minnigerode When I was a co-teacher in a 2-year-old class at a half-day preschool, one of the oldest children was Ryan. He was very sweet and sensitive. In free play at school Ryan did fine, but he had a lot of feelings about his dad that came up during circle time, which came immediately after. He often cried

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Cum vindecam frica de separare – Healing the Fear of Separation (In Romanian)

In acest teleseminar gratuit, oferit in limba romana, Anca Deaconu si Irina Nichifiriuc, Instructori Certificati Hand in Hand Parenting, vor discuta despre modalitatile in care va puteti ajuta copiii sa faca mai usor fata schimbarilor si sa isi vindece fricile de separare, oferindu-va atat instrumente practice de parentaj prin conectare, cat si povesti personale, care

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How To Help Your Child Overcome Fear Using Play

By Andrea McCracken My daughter was 7, nearly 8, and developing more concerns about the world. At bedtime, she would lay quietly and think about the mysteries of illnesses, aliens and other potentially scary things. They must have churned around her head because she would come out of bed to talk to me about it, asking

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Play with My Preteen: Relieving Pre-Performance Jitters

My preteen son is preparing for his first leading role in a school play, and the pre-performance nerves are really starting to kick in now. I decided that an opportunity to laugh off some of those jitters and have some really good connection time would be a good idea. This morning I took him out

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Helping the Homeless Parent with Connection

On the cartoon stuck to my refrigerator, someone hides under the bedcovers and a speech bubble says, “I don’t want to go to school. The teachers hate me and the kids make fun of me.” A mother figure stands in the doorway. She responds: “John. You have to go. You’re the principal.” I chuckled at

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When a Listening Partnership Feels Like a First Date

A good friend of mine is following my work with Hand in Hand with great admiration, so one day I asked her if she’d be interested in doing a Listening Partnership. She said yes, but reluctantly, because she did not have too much information about it. Our first session went terribly! We couldn’t find any subject to

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Special Time Helps a Preteen Open Up

  By Sarah Charlton We had just returned from a big family wedding in another part of the country and even though it had been a really good trip, we hadn’t had a lot of connection time to ourselves. We were feeling tired, so getting my son off to school the following morning had been

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Before Parents Can Parent with Empathy They Need Empathy

Your son just throttled your baby on the head. The baby is screaming. You hoist them up, and scream at your child. “Why did you do that?!” They start crying, so now there’s two of them bawling. You messed up. You overreacted. You already yelled when your toddler  emptied the diaper bag. You forgot your

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