Tag: Listening to Children

Setting Limits after a Playdate

It was one of those necessary limits that we parents set every day and I liked the process as it didn’t build up tension in him or in myself, instead, it diffused it. I didn’t resort to threats or bribes, and I didn’t raise my voice. It made us close and playful.

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Wanting Mama

She has a strong mama “preference” and almost never chooses to be with me rather than with her mother.

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Carpool Playlistening

Due to a budget cut, we don’t have a school bus at our school.  So my neighborhood organized a carpool when our children entered kindergarten.  It  saves gas, time and creates a sweet sense of community, and a special bonding of parents and children among families. However, about two years ago when we first started carpooling, we

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Help Your Child Offload Kindergarten Stress

This was my first experience with Stay Listening and I loved it! No need to say the right thing, counsel, negotiate, or give advice. Being present, listening, and trusting my son’s emotional processing – this felt right!

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Listen, Limit, Listen

I sat there thinking how Mother’s Day was an hour away, I would be getting up at 7 and driving to South San Francisco with my daughter and right now I am probably the absolute LAST person she wants to be with. Sigh. A Mother’s Day to look forward to.

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Happy Hiking

A part of me just wanted to push through and get it over with, but then I thought maybe a little impromptu special time might shift the mood.

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Pillow Fighting Saves the Day

I thought, “No, we aren’t going to be able to handle a big upset right now!” so I got her to let him go, and we kept on pillowfighting and wrestling for a long time–10 or 15 minutes.

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