Month: February 2017

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How to Hold a Limit Calmly Even When Your Child Is Melting Down

As parents, we do so much to support our children in their happiness. We make sure to get just the right balance of peanut butter and jelly on their sandwich, stock their favorite cereal, keep their comfiest pairs of socks washed and ready, and give them their favorite color cup at lunch, along with a

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Do You Know These Connection Tools for Trauma Intervention?

How does a therapist use play to reach kids and help them recover from trauma? They ask them to lead it. At least, that’s what happens when a therapist—or anyone working towards a trauma-informed environment around kids—is using the Hand in Hand approach. We call the play tool “Playlistening.” To do it, the therapist allocates

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12 Books for Children Dealing With Divorce

Divorce is hard for everyone involved, but it can be especially difficult on kids who do not have a support system. There are many helpful tips and strategies on dealing with the effects of divorce on children in this article, Helping Children with Divorce or Separation, from our founder Patty Wipfler, and is a must-read.

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What To Do When Your Child Won’t Nap

How often have you told your child that it’s naptime only to be met with complete disapproval? We know our children benefit from a rest midday, and may of us look forward to that window, either to get things done without another small person demanding attention, or just to rest up and prepare the afternoon and

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Why Kids Throw Big Tantrums Over Small Things

Have you ever got home from a really crap day where EVERYTHING went wrong? You see that your darling partner has accidentally left the milk out of the fridge and you just LOSE it, ranting and screaming. Seemingly this is over the milk being left out… Has your child ever “flipped their lid” because you

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Early Attachment and Bonding with Hand in Hand Parenting Replay

Join Hand in Hand Instructors Laura Minnigerode and Stephanie Parker in this recording for parents as they discuss: 1) The science supporting us in understanding what is actually going on in a child’s brain from the time they are born. 2) How we can respond to our baby’s/child’s needs and communication in a way that

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Five Truths Every New Parent Should Know

No matter how many books you read, how many people you talk to, holding your new baby in your arms is a life-changing moment. Depending on the birth experience you have, you may be elated or you may be exhausted. You may crest highs you’ve never known, or you may feel bleaker than the darkest

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Homework Struggles: Lightening the Homework Load

Humans are inclined toward fun and conviviality. We love to play. We love our free time — parents no less than the children. But after vacations or time off, parents have to find a way to squeeze their little band of loved ones into the strictures of a school-and work-oriented schedule. In many families, the biggest pinch

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“I Need Space, Mama!”: When Your Child Tells You To Go Away

We were on our way home from a festival weekend where we had camped out. We’d been on the road for an hour or so. My 3-year-old daughter was busy drawing and I was sitting in the back seat with her. She started to get frustrated trying to write some letters. I offered to help,

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4 Essential Tools for A Trauma-Sensitive Care Program

Listening Tools in Therapy Jack arrived at 36 weeks, having experienced a foetal distress that sent his system into survival mode. Doctors, acting fast, used vigorous suctioning in a stressful birth and it was soon discovered that Jack had respiratory issues that required a week’s stay in the NICU. There he was jaundiced and had difficulty feeding. For much of

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Why Won’t My Partner Open Up?

Do you find yourself pushing your feelings down because your partner always seems to tense up and over react when you try and tell him? Are you worried to ask your partner his feelings because he clamps down, and you feel like you never get anywhere? You aren’t alone. While more women than ever are

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Sharing the Love: 6 Ways to Love Valentine’s As A Family

Before the diapers and the laundry, the meal-planning and the playdate planning, there was actual time for Valentine’s Day. Way back then pre-children, time spent counting cards and arranging grand romantic gestures was special. Now, it might feel enough just to make it to the sofa at the end of the day with a glass of

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How Closer Connection Created a Calmer Classroom

I work as a learning assistant in a large comprehensive school supporting children who have a variety of special educational needs. One of the most challenging is an English class with 13 and 14 year olds. About ten children really struggle to engage or focus. One girl in particular has a reputation for being very

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Professionals Intensive Q&A Replay

Listen in for answers to common questions other professionals like you have about the upcoming training. Join us for an eight-week intensive course in Hand in Hand Parenting, designed for psychologists, therapists, social workers, teachers, early childhood professionals, medical professionals, members of the clergy, and parent outreach workers. Your choice of class sessions. CEUs available

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What Playful Limits Look Like at School

Sarah Charlton on Setting Loving Limits  I recently begun working as a learning support assistant in a UK secondary school. The job’s going well but there is one girl that I support who has been highly resistant to any help, from me or any of the other learning support assistants. She covers up her work

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How I Turned off My Emotional Alarms (and got some rest)

I have a weekly appointment with a Listening Partner and I know that this scheduled time helps me work deeply on topics that feel heavy to me in my family life. But it happens quite regularly that during a week various different situations might awaken strong feelings and I feel a great amount of parenting stress.

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