How to Make a Meaningful Apology

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 […]

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7 Ways to Connect With Your Child

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 […]

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How to respond to your child when they are in distress.

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.

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Negative vs. Positive Messages

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.

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Discipline versus Punishment

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.

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The Language of Encouragement

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.

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6 Strategies to Help Our Kids Calm & Soothe

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.

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How to Enhance Connection through Communication

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!

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Connecting With Your Teen

Connecting With Your Teen

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.

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Play!

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!

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