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How 10 minutes Play Turned Thanksgiving Around

  By Kirsten Nottleson On Thanksgiving morning, my husband and I were both feeling a stressed trying to get the turkey, pie, cranberry relish, and salad ready to pack in the car. We were off to

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

20 Things to Say To Your Child Instead of Don’t Cry

What if every time your child cries or tantrums, they are actually doing something highly worthwhile? We don’t always appreciate it when our children begin to cry, but what they are actually doing is making

16 Questions You Can Use To Help Heal Family Tensions

  Listening Time  There’s nothing like raising kids to bring tension into a family. Right from pregnancy it can seem like every decision you make comes under scrutiny, and then feeding, sleeping, schooling, behavior and

Does My Child Read Too Much?

Dear Hand in Hand, My daughter’s school is really pushing reading. They constantly say how reading opens the world and makes for a more ready and open learner. I’ve always thought I was quite lucky

Games For Parents That Are Too Tired to Play

Dear Hand in Hand, Since the new year, i’m trying to play more with my children. We’ve been playing lots of hide and seek and roughhousing, and it feels great most of the time, but sometimes

Kids Know What They Need

We know that babies cries alert parents to their needs. How else could we know when they need comfort, food, changing? But children are just as in touch with what they need to survive and

An Alternative to Shouting During Morning Upsets

I have done a lot of limit setting and Staylistening with my 5-year-old since learning Hand in Hand Parenting’s five tools, and I’ll admit that Staylistening has been a work in progress. Staylistening comes from

“Put the Blocks Away!” How To Get Your Kids to Listen

  Pots are simmering, it’s almost time for dinner. But when you tell your three-year-old that it’s tidy up time she barely looks up from her blocks. Kids refusals to listen can be frustrating and infuriating

Why Should Parents Take A Class?

It’s the most important job we’ll ever take on, but forget about winning awards or recognition when you apply. Parenting is without manuals or certification and there are no real guidelines, except, maybe, to survive.

Listening: One Simple Question that Blew My Mind

If you could have a break from parenting, what would it look like? “I imagined myself taking this long, unhurried walk by myself. I made up the scene as it came into my mind: How I would find this one, perfect quiet spot, and just sit there, noticing everything around me.”

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