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The “YES” List

Too often, we tell our children what they can’t do when they are mad!  No hitting, no pushing your brother, and no swearing!  However, children think in the “can do” creative stage, not the “can’t do” of more non-tangible abstract … Continue reading

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Calm-Down Tools: 70 Ways to Calm Down and Reclaim Patience in the Heat of Anger

Children need an adult’s help to calm down just as they need an adult’s help to learn Math. We don’t give a child a math book and send them to their room and tell them to come out when they … Continue reading

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How to Survive Morning Madness and Afternoon Arsenic Hour

For many parents, getting out the door with children and all the day’s supplies is the most stressful time of the day.  It’s a constant challenge to get out on time, without yelling and damaging that all important parenting relationship … Continue reading

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Alternatives To Saying “No!” and Avoiding the Meltdown

One day it happens. Your cute, adorable, cuddly baby has turned into a toddler. And she’s discovered the word, “NO”! Emphatic, heart stopping, and powerful. The word no is a favorite among children because they hear it so often from … Continue reading

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What is Your Child Really Saying? Translating Attitude

Attitude is sarcastic anger. Sometimes, it’s a snarky I-statement or You-statement. If you look underneath, often, it’s a sign that your child is ready for more independence and feels thwarted in some way. Does she have reasonable choices? Can you … Continue reading

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