Category: Setting Limits

Mad Love: or Why We Let Our Kids Get Angry

Teaching kids healthy ways to deal with anger is challenging. It means caring for myself, asking for help through the hardest parts, pushing hard against the door and letting myself growl, “how dare they act like this after all I have done for them today!?!”

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Helping My Son While He Misses His Playmate

instead of telling him what to feel, I simply tried to make myself available for him and really listen. I let him take his time, while reassuring him that I was right there, fully listening to him and accepting him and his feelings just the way they were.

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Setting Limits and Building Family Cooperation – Replay

Consequences? Time Out? A more conscious, peaceful approach? What really works to set the limits kids need and build cooperation at home? Join us for this free parenting call led by Certified Instructor, Kathy Gordon, and Hand in Hand Trainer, Julianne Idleman to hear about a practical new way of setting limits that you and

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Why Your Child Acts up on Vacation

When a child displays off track and unreasonable behavior, they are often asking for us to bring a limit to help them stop. Bringing a limit to off track behavior can provide the emotional release children need and return them to their balanced, fun loving selves.

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help a child's aggressive behaviour

No More Hitting: Help With A Child’s Aggressive Behaviour

Of course we parents worry that if we show warmth and even humour when a child is acting aggressively, he won’t learn to govern his behaviour. This concern is rooted in the idea that the child who lashes out is choosing to do so. In fact, the child who hits out feels trapped an emotional corner, and is in what Patty Wipfler calls an “emotional emergency.”

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A Fun Way to Get Bedtime to Happen

Having a power struggle at bedtime is hard on everyone. By using Playlistening, my son could save face and get to practice having some power in the situation, which small children rarely do.

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Why Are We So Scared of Big Feelings?

When our children express emotion why is it that we want those big feelings to go away, and why is it that crying or tantrums irk us so much? A big part of it may be how our own feelings were dealt with when we were younger.

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4 Reasons Punishment Is for the Birds

a guest post by Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW I have been in the field of education, child care, or social work for the past 20 years. I have spent my entire life working with young children and their families. This work, paired with hundreds of books, and many trainings on trauma, crisis intervention, behavior management, developmentally

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Getting Kids to Listen Replay

Ever feel like life would be so much easier if you could just get your child to listen? Are you frustrated by seeing the same difficult behavior over and over again? Listen to this free parenting call with Certified Hand in Hand Instructor Kathy Gordon as she shares thoughtful insight and practical tools to help

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Ages and Stages: What Crying Means

Ages and Stages: What Crying Means

  When young and old babies cry it can trigger or activate our own emotional learning experiences from childhood. We feel a deep desire to know what is causing them distress and how to help. Children cry for lots of reasons, but some are particular to their stage of learning at a certain point. Here

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Setting Limits With A Child To Not Put Things In Her Mouth

Note: The limits expressed in this blog post represent the feelings of the author and may be different from the limits in your family. Whatever the limit may need to be, how it is set, and how you handle the way your child feels about that limit are the important thing to focus on. You

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