Category: Parenting

Your Tween’s Defiance Isn’t What You Think

Say the word “tantrum” and most likely you imagine a small child, arched-backed, screaming then throwing themselves on the floor. But what if not all tantrums look like that? For tweens, they often don’t. Tween tantrums looks like defiance. We know that when children “tantrum,” they are overcome by their feelings. We perhaps see this

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3 Reasons We Parents Can Suck at Setting Limits

Elle confesses that she really sucks at setting limits with her kids – and together she and Abigail suss out ways to make rules, boundaries and enforcing them a whole lot easier. Join us this week if you’ve ever battled with yourself about when to set limits, or found that whenever you do set limits

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Strengthening Boys’ Hearts: Raising Kind, Confident Sons

A Guest Post by Michael C. Reichert, PhD In the early years of my first son’s life, we lived in a row house neighborhood in Philadelphia. Right down the street was a small playground, where gangs of boys gathered for games of stickball and basketball. My son was an eager athlete and loved playing sports.

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What To Do When You Aren’t So Psyched to See Your Kids

We know we love our kids, but that doesn’t stop them being hard to like sometimes. This podcast is for you if you ever wondered how you were going to get through the next few hours with your kids close by. We talk about how we get to the point where the dread feels real

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Why Does my Child Only Listen When I Lose It?

This week Abigail and Elle respond to a mom who feels like she sees power struggles, aggression and kickback when she’s parenting the way she wants to, and compliance only once she gets mad. Are her efforts to parent kindly back-firing? And why would that be? On the podcast this week we talk about: What

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Setting Limits: The Hard No

You know about setting warm limits: Moving in calmly when you need to stop a behavior, but what happens when it feels like there is no chance to keep calm? Like, your child is about to stick their finger in the power socket. Or dashes out across a busy street. Then how do you set

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I Try to Listen, but my Child Screams “Go Away!”

What do I do if I want to be with my child and they won’t let me close? What do I do if I’m staylistening and he or she says go away? Here, Hand in Hand certified instructor Marilupe de la Calle answers. “This is a question that we get a lot! You’re there ready

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Help! My Kid Keeps Bragging

Where does the need to be competitive come from and why does it rub us parents up the wrong way? This week Abigail and Elle respond to one mom about her son’s competitive streak. On Help! My Kid Keeps Bragging we talk about: Is your child’s competitive streak signalling some other need? Competitiveness and confidence

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Why Mother’s Day Means So Much…

Feelings that come up on Mother’s day often stem from a deeper and almost forgotten place… I don’t know about you but I was full of feelings when I woke up on Mother’s day. I was feeling anxious that the day wouldn’t be special in any way and no one would give me that extra

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Finding Your Calm Place in Parenting (It Really Can Happen!)

So, you may be fairly new to Hand in Hand’s approach or maybe you’ve been trying out the tools for a few months, even years. But at some point you’ll probably – most likely when you are particularly tired or frustrated – ask, “Is Hand in Hand too hard???” We know! We’ve been there! This

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Talking To Your Children About School Shootings

Talking To Your Children About School Shootings

A Guest Post by Nancy Kislin, LCSW It’s maybe no surprise that children are being traumatized by the fear of being shot to death in school. Monthly lockdown drills, active shooter drills and evacuation drills are causing anxiety and depression in children. The sad reality is that school children today do live with long-lasting trauma

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Helping Children Overcome Trauma

ACES is growing as a recognised issue worldwide. This video explains the tools you can use in your work raising or guiding children who have experienced trau…

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