Tag: Abigail Wald

How Do You Respond To Your Kid’s Questions?

Abigail responds to a mom who has difficulties answering her young daughter’s questions – most likely because it feels like answering will confirm her child’s worst suspicions! And Elle admits finding some of her kid’s simple questions difficult – especially when they ask her if she’s leaving for work. Even when she’s half out the

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What To Do When The Kids Go Wild!

Imagine this. Your kids are on a playdate. Everything is fine. There are a few giggles.  Some stomping. The next minute? The kids are laughing manically, and the house is so trashed it looks like it has seconds until it falls down around you. The kids have gone wild. What To Do When The Kids

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Parenting Consistently: A New Approach That Actually Works

Have you ever felt bound by the need to be consistent in your parenting, and then felt the failure when you couldn’t be? We’re often told that when we are consistent around schedules, eating, playing, tidying, sleeping, then all will run smooth. Yet, so often that isn’t what we see. And that can feel mighty

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The Politics of Parenting: Feeling Good About Your Role as a Parent

  If you read the title of our podcast this week and thought, “Huh? What does politics have to do with parenting,” you aren’t alone! Elle asks this too after Abigail gets an email about parenting feeling “radical.” Do we mean marching for rights, or championing parenting causes? Not exactly. We are talking about the

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Talking About Tweens (and their Tantrums)

This week on the podcast talk turns to tweens and what it takes to parent through what can bring some on turbulent times. With Abigail parenting a double tween household and Elle raising a 10-year-old, there’s plenty of personal stories about the various trials (and joys!) of having tweens at home. We look at some

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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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Staylistening Surprises: When Things Don’t Go As Planned

If you’ve discovered the simple and seemingly radical tool of Staylistening – of staying and listening through your child’s upset – you may have been amazed by how your child recovers from that tantrum or meltdown and returns to brightness and easy co-operate. Or, you may have not! Surprise! Staylistening doesn’t always go the way

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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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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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The Power of Rituals and Bringing Your Family Closer

It’s the season to be…making rituals? http://traffic.libsyn.com/handinhandparenting/Ep_9_Rituals_POST.mp3 What is a Ritual Anyway? Elle asks this week are rituals the same as routine and is implementing them just a lot of extra work? Abigail mentions some family rituals that may already be in place in a family and that will become meaningful even if they are (currently)

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Curb Off-track Behavior with A Secret Ninja Parenting Tool

This week on the podcast Abigail introduces a counter-intuitive ninja parenting tool! We talk about what offtrack behavior looks like early on, what it signals, and introduce a tool that helps when reasoning and requests don’t. Both hosts talk about the times they’ve used this tool with successful outcomes, even though it feels completely counter-intuitive at first.

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