• What To Do When Children Whine
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    A whining child can be a challenge for parents. There is something about that high pitch sound that can drive even the most cool headed parents up the wall. Let’s face it whining is annoying and usually we just want to make it stop. The interesting thing is that we are willing to do almost anything

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  • The Post-election Parenting Conversation
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    Like many children – my children woke wanting to know who had won. When I told them their eyes widened and their mouths dropped and the first question was the one I wasn’t sure how I would answer. I had shielded them from as much of this election as I could, but even a child can tell that

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  • Parents’ Needs MATTER!—The Art of Self-Care and Respectful Parenting
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    Your baby takes SO long to fall asleep every night and isn’t napping. You’re so tired, but you don’t want her to cry!

    It seems like your toddler ALWAYS wants to be held! You can’t even get a minute to use the bathroom.

    Your two-year-old has never been a “good sleeper” and you

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  • 3 P.E.T. Recordings that Might Help You Active Listen and Problem Solve with Kids
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    Here a 3 P.E.T. conversations I had with my kids ALL IN ONE CAR RIDE! I made some errors, but as you can hear I recovered and peace was restored. It was a rough morning! For context – my daughter is 4 and my son is 7. Let me know in the comment section if listening to these was valuable and

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  • How Active Listening is Like Magic for Ray Romano (and me!)
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    Active Listening –the phrase sounds so technical and jargony, maybe even a little insincere or formal. At least this is what I thought at first, but then I heard it done so incredibly naturally I didn’t even know it was happening. It was like magic, helping me understand my own thoughts and coming

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  • One Simple Change That Helped My Child With Anxiety
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    It allows them to think of the best solution for themselves, not for the parent. ( I never would have thought of a schedule because - gag! Not my style!) But this is why it works and is honored by the child - it’s the solution that works for the child as their own person. It IS my son’s style and well, he’s not me. I could have easily imposed something that he “had to” stick to, but because this solution is an intrinsic thought, the follow through is pretty reliable and done with pride and self-awareness.