bartlebyBehavior & Discipline

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Surefire Way Your Kids Can Problem Solve (and Get Along!)
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    Children and conflict—it’s inevitable. As adults we often assume it is our job to solve these conflicts for them. However, what if that isn’t our job? What if the kids are capable? By solving their own problems they can become confident problem solvers that need less and less adult “help” to solve minor and, sometimes, not-so-minor problems. This approach works great with siblings, but I recently had the chance to try this out with a larger group of children and the result was just as cool
  • The Gift of Silence and How it Solved our Shoe Problems
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    In our house a lot of power is given to shoes.  All the transitional stress of leaving the house revolves around them. Sometimes they are too tight, sometimes they are too loose, sometimes the socks have lumps, sometimes they are itchy, and sometimes they just don’t feel right. Other times my son

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  • The Day I got Helicopter Parented (And How it Made Me Feel)
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    It had been about two weeks since I’d been out of the boot cast and I was cleared to exercise again. I was headed to spin class for the first time in I don’t know how long, but I was itching to exercise and do something that would really get me sweating and working.  I knew spinning was probably

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  • How Slowing Down Made Our Mornings Go Faster
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    I recently wrote about shifting my approach to our morning routine from objective oriented to people oriented. I was thinking too much about the things that needed to be done (Clothes on! Beds made! Breakfast! Lunches

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  • How Recognizing Limits Can Save Your Day
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    Sometimes, as a mother, I get so focused on things that need to get done that I forget the most important goal—my kids and their well being. Beds need to be made, clothes changed, shoes on, breakfast eaten, teeth brushed, lunches made. In all the hustle and bustle of a busy morning, it can

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  • I Accept The Mess: What Setting Limits Looks Like
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    Crying, tantrums, whining, hitting, yelling – it’s all hard.  I’ve worked to accept all these feelings from my children, and yet, it’s still messy.   That’s the way it’s supposed to be – unpredictable, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and definitely messy. My 3 ½-year-old daughter is

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