Month: January 2018

Are Natural Consequences Actually Punishment?

What role do consequences play in your parenting? On this week’s Podcast for Parents Abigail and Elle talk about when consequences become punishments. Are Consequences Punishment? Natural consequences sound like a good idea – and can be wonderful – but often when we, as parents, get involved in issuing consequences they can get skewed and

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This New Way of Responding To My Teen Brought Us So Much Closer

My 16-year-old participates in many activities at school as well as extracurricular lessons at an educational center outside. She’s chosen these activities all by herself, and I didn’t force her to go into any of them, but one day, she’d just had it, she said and got really upset. “I’m not going to the center

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Why I Let My Child Hit During Her Upsets

“My daughter, who is seven, always wanted to sleep in my bed. She went through a period of crying every night about sleeping alone. I listened to her cry each time, hoping it was doing some good, but I saw little relief or change. “One night, however, she became very mad and started trying to

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Three Gentle Ways to Fight A Child’s Resistance to Bedtime or Sleep

Many children go through phases where they resist sleep, either in the day, at night or both! “How can I get my child to nap?” This question came to us from a parent recently. The mom’s child refused to take naps because she could tell it was daytime. Good Mama, here are three ideas: Three Gentle

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Playful Parenting Improves Your Child’s Manners

A Guest Post by Michelle Hartop My daughter’s manners got lost somewhere between 5 and 6 years old. Once the reigning “thank-you queen,” by school-age, she seemed bothered even receiving a gift, let alone actually thanking the giver, and my approach to use logic and discuss the importance of saying thank you and showing gratitude

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Why My Boy’s Upsets Are Actually Good For Him

My nine-year-old gave himself a fabulous therapy session last night. I actually feel relieved when I hear him working himself up into a good cry these days, because the older he gets the less he tends to cry, but I know how restorative it is. I think he was triggered by making a mistake with

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Making Changes: New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Succeed

It’s 2018 already! Happy New Year! This week’s podcast has a New Year’s flavor as Elle and Abigail talk about bringing change to yours and your family’s lives. What is the secret to making habits stick? Abigail reveals she’s big into studying how habits work and reveals the three-step process she’s used to help keep resolutions

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