feelings

The Gift in Slowing Down to a Child’s Pace

May 24, 2014

Tabitha writes, “I wanted to share an experience from my family’s first vacation. I just returned form a two-week stay in Mexico with my husband and 15 month old daughter. The first week was shared with my entire extended family as we celebrated the wedding of my younger sister. I was extremely excited to introduce […]

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No Ifs, Ands, or Buts: Setting Limits With Empathy

April 12, 2014

Calmly setting and holding to necessary limits can be trying for parents, especially in the face of a toddler’s strong feelings of displeasure or upset. One of the most frequent questions I receive from parents is “How do I set or hold  a limit when my child is upset?” For instance, “It’s time to get […]

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Myth Busting- Babies and Depression

May 3, 2011

Today is  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day , so I thought it might be appropriate to do some myth busting around babies and mental health issues: Myth: Infants and Toddlers aren’t at risk for developing mental health problems such as depression. Fact: In February of this year,  the American Psychological Association published research indicating that infants and toddlers […]

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When Times Are Hard

August 14, 2008

Some days are just hard, and no matter what you do or say, your toddler may not be able to co-operate. Try to remember on those days that your toddler is ‘having a hard time’ not ‘giving you a hard time’, and he needs you in his corner more than ever. It is never wrong […]

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Temper Tantrums

August 11, 2008

Update: The eighth post in a series of ten on effective gentle discipline methods. This was one of my favorite posts to write.            “Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.” -Calvin & Hobbes         We’ve been having thunder storms here for days now. […]

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