Month: September 2017

Tantrums: Should I Talk About Them With My Child?

Dear Hand in Hand I’ve worked really hard to support my daughter when she cries recently. When I hold her and tell her I’m listening she does come to a point when her tears clear, and she seems happy and fine to move on. But I’m worried that after she goes off we have no

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12 ways to beat homework battles

Too often kids and parents meet in battle over the homework table, but believe it or not, says Hand in Hand’s Abigail Wald, homework can be, and should be, a time for connection. Talking to Parent Pump Radio host Jacqueline T.D Huynh, Abigail explained the different viewpoints that parents and kids come regarding homework and how

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Como a ayudar nuestros niños

Conoce al Instructor: Marilupe de la Calle, mamá mexicana afortunada de vivir en los Estados Unidos con su esposo y sus dos maravillosas nenas. Leer más en Marilupe: El Papel del Miedo en Nuestra Vida Ponte en contacto con ella a través del correo [email protected] o en FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Parenting-by-Connection-with-Marilupe-883688461751059/ Save

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How Play Helped When My Child Got Scared At Bedtime

My 6-year-old recently asked me to sleep next to her at bedtime. It was unusual because she usually has no problems going to sleep by herself. I thought that maybe she needed some connection time because she had missed me that day and so I stayed close. Pretty soon she looked at me and whispered,

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3 of the Best Ways For Kids to Play

As they move from play dough to playground and from dress up to dodgeball, it may seem like our children spend their whole day playing. And that’s great. But some of the best ways to play will be the play they do with you. We know that play has many benefits for children. Play is

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10 Games for Kids That Won’t Brush Their Teeth

They say “choose your battles wisely,” and getting teeth brushed in most houses is one many of us struggle with. But with up to 530 million children with poor dental health worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, this is one fight that we can’t ignore. Getting teeth clean doesn’t have to mean daily yelling,

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Four Ways To Play To Boost Your Child’s Confidence

One summer day I was playing outside with a four-year old while his parents were busy. It was the first time that we had played together, so I didn’t know him well, but he was outgoing and I knew that he loved nature and insects, so we were having a good time exploring. His father

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Why Does My Child Always Want Mom?

Our son is nearly three years old. He still goes through some separation anxiety when he’s without his mom. We usually put him to bed together, but the other night, my wife needed a break. So our routine began. I read him a book, tucked him in and said goodnight. The minute the lights went

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Ten Ways to Connect With Your Child Everyday

We all know that food and drink are essential for humans to survive. Connection is less thought about. But humans are wired for connection. When your child comes off the slide with a bump, what is the first thing he does, even before he cries? He looks to his parent. He looks for his safe

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How Play Helps Keep Kids on Task

My partner’s son has to do one hour of eye exercises each night. Needless to say they are the last thing he wants to do. To give my partner a break from the limit setting and listening that followed I told him I would do the exercises with his son instead. When I approached his

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Using the Hand in Hand Parenting Tools with Highly-Stressed Families Replay

You may already know how incredibly helpful Hand in Hand Parenting’s tools can be for the average family, but did you know these tools are just as effective even when families are facing highly stressful situations? Join Hand in Hand Founder and Program Director, Patty Wipfler, and Instructors Megha Mawandia and Ceci Hyoun, for this inspiring discussion on

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Helping Kids Get Along: How Laughter Can Bring Friends Together

  When my daughter was around 4 or 5, she had a friend over for a playdate. The girls were playing very well for a while until they pulled out the dress-up clothes. “I’m the most beautiful-est!” I heard one say. “No, I’m the most beautiful-est!” the other replied.  “No, I’m the most beautiful-est!” the

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10 Signs That Your Child Is Stressed By School

We all want our kids to come home from school chattering happily about their day, but that doesn’t happen too often. Separation can feel very different and very real for children, especially at the start of a school year, and when they are taking on so many new challenges. Among the list of things that

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15 Great Games to Play When Your Kids Say No

Science shows that one of the first ways children show you they feel stressed, tense or anxious is in their behavior. You may see tears or crying, but very often, the signs aren’t so obvious. Often, these feelings show up as what you might call difficult or challenging behaviors. Whining, tattling, or not being able

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A Simple Strategy To Help Kids Face Their Challenges

As little as five or 10 minutes following a child in play can transform many of the big challenges parents face raising little ones today. If you want to set a limit on behavior, transition smoothly to a new routine or situation, or guide your child through hurdles including homework, tidy up, or taking medication,

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