Knowing what your children like to do for playtime is important for meeting their developmental needs. But did you know that being aware of what your family play time activity is can be just as important? Family playtime is that time together when some or all family members participate in the same activity. This is when you engage in an activity that you all really love to do. But there are … [Read more...] about Knowing this about your family is important for everyone’s happiness
“One more story…pleeeeease!”, “Let me tell you one more thing that happened at school”, “I need more water”, fussing, crying or full out meltdown. Sound familiar? We have all gone through the struggles of bedtime. We are all tired, nerves are frazzled and sometimes one more story feels like it will never end. We get frustrated, sometimes even angry and we storm out of our children’s room! Not … [Read more...] about The number 1 reason your child tries to delay bedtime
I was sitting directly in front of Emilie with my hand on her lap. What I was saying was: “I hear that you don’t want a brother”. “I hear that you want to be an only child” and, “I hear that you hate your brother and wish he was dead right now.” I was repeating back to Emilie what I was hearing her say. And I was doing it because I knew how deep these feelings were in this moment - they were … [Read more...] about Using this technique creates connection!
We all say ‘no’ to our children. Whether it’s ‘no’ to a snack before dinner, screen time before homework, or playing with the antique vase, the words ‘no’ eventually come out of our mouth. As we know, saying ‘no’ often comes with push back, a temper tantrum or starts the negotiation process. In many cases, depending on the child’s stage of development this is normal and to be expected. For … [Read more...] about The single biggest mistake parents make when saying ‘no’ and how to do it!
A while back I signed up for a new training program. We were told up front that the days would be long and that we would have homework every night and to ‘clear the decks’ so we would have enough time to complete our assignments. I’ve been very conscious of the school year and the busyness that that brings so I’ve been making an effort to spend quality time with the kids and family. This … [Read more...] about Don’t lose sight of this – it can be a relationship changer!
People ask me all the time what conscious parenting is and here is my answer. First, I say that conscious parenting is not about being the “perfect” parent! In fact, the unconscious moments (when we scream at our kids, get frustrated, or feel really disappointed) are the opportunities to become conscious. For example, if I can stop and reflect after I get angry and ask “where did that anger … [Read more...] about What is Conscious Parenting?