This section contains weekly parenting tips and strategies ranging from picky eaters to positive discipline!
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How do we talk with our children and teens about what is happening in our world as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds? This article will give you concrete tips for how to best support our children.Read More
How can we increase our child’s capacity for risk and resilience?Read More
What is the difference between praise and encouragement? Check out these parenting tips for increasing your use of encouragement and help your children and teens build self confidence.Read More
Everyone is probably familiar with the phrase “tune in”. What does this mean really? Read more for tips on how to “tune in” to your child.Read More
Setting rules and limits for children can often be easy to do but tough to enforce! Read on for some tips regarding setting limits.Read More
To be able to think properly, and to even be capable of appropriate decisions; we must first be calm. Calm means to soothe our minds and bodies so that we are ready to engage physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and/or spiritually.Read More
What makes an apology meaningful? (or, what is a “good” apology?). A meaningful apology includes: Intentionality….the apology is given intentionally and with awareness of the reason for it Genuine commitment […]Read More
1. Be Fully Available When we take the time to give our children our full and undivided attention without the distraction of cell phones, television, our own problems etc…, children […]Read More
Our relationship with our child is our most powerful “tool” in helping our children through their distress. When we take a moment to connect first, before correcting or directing their behaviour, we immediately begin the process of helping our kids manage their emotions more effectively and therefore help to ease their distress.Read More
One aspect to pay attention to in helping to build self-esteem is something called the Positive vs Negative messages ratio. This just means ensuring you use more positive, loving, supporting words than negative, “correcting” words. Sometimes this is referred to as Strengths Based vs. Deficit Based.Read More
What often happens when our child (or someone else in our lives) gets angry and starts acting out? We do the same.
It is difficult not to get worked up when we have another human in front of us who is “flipping out” right?
Here are 4 steps that can help us remain calm in these high intensity emotion situations.
Punishment is a penalty imposed or inflicted upon a person for some kind of perceived wrongdoing. In parenting, it is something we do to a child for the purposes of correcting a behaviour and/or teaching a “life lesson”. Discipline on the other hand, is a process.Read More
Encouraging words for children will help them to thrive in all areas of their development.
They help children understand themselves and how their unique abilities help them to be successful at certain tasks. Words of encouragement are also a wonderful way to help build a child’s self-esteem, as well as their individual identity.
We can change what is happening in our brains—(shifting the activity from the reaction center to the thinking center)—by changing what is happening in our bodies.
Warm, loving connections help to calm and soothe intense emotions.Read More
All relationships are enhanced by positive interactions and healthy communication. It is an essential part of any healthy relationship. A positive communication style can make also make it much easier to deal with conflict!Read More
Finding ways to connect with your child can become so much more difficult as they enter into their teen years. They have this pull towards independence which is a good thing and a confusing stage all at the same time. That is why sometimes they don’t want to talk to you about anything, but then want you to be there for them when they want you there.Read More
Play is good for everyone!
It comes naturally to kids AND it helps parent and child form deeper and closer connections. Another huge upside? Play can also help to foster more cooperation and happiness in your household!