Category: Parenting

Rebuilding Hope When We Are Shocked or Scared by World Events

Hand in Hand Parenting Podcast for Parents, Episode 18: Rebuilding Hope When We Are Shocked or Scared by World Events When shocking events or natural disasters leave us raw and overwhelmed parenting can feel tougher than usual. Today Abigail and Elle share Hand in Hand’s ideas for caring well for ourselves and our children when events

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Care Package for Shocking Events

Articles for Parents Helping Children Exposed to Shocking Events Talking to Your Child About Disasters and Violence Childhood Trauma: How To Overcome It A 7 Step Guide to Building Safety and Connection at Home Audio & Video Resources for Parents One Basic Secret of Reducing Parenting Stress (video) Helping Children Face an Uncertain World (audio)

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What’s Going Well in your Parenting?

That’s right! What’s going well? It’s easy to tear yourself apart over parenting, questioning what’s going wrong, and becoming overwhelmed with doubts and disappointments. But this week Abigail and Elle  – and right in time for Valentines – look at the value of taking a moment or two to see what’s going good for you

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6 Things I Learned When I Brought Connection into the Classroom

Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor Sarah Charlton works as a learning support assistant with secondary school-aged children in the UK and has seen the benefits of bringing connection tools into the classroom, with teachers and pupils. Here are six illuminating lessons she learned along the way. 6 Things I Learned When I Brought Connection into

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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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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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late mom with time anxiety

“Hurry up!” Working On My Fears of Being Late

I am almost never late. I have this fear of things going horribly wrong if I am late. Even for the school run, where they’re quite relaxed about lateness, I’m always 20 minutes early. As for classes and social events, I am always desperately worried that I’m going to miss something, and what if that

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