No one's perfect. We all make mistakes (I certainly have!). In this session, I talk about parenting from grace rather than shame, what to do if you realize you're going down a path you want to change "in the moment," and how to apologize and reconnect when feelings have already been hurt. Finally, I share an idea of how to re-wire your brain so future interactions go more smoothly.
What parents are saying about this course:
'This is an important course for parents to watch. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, but we're human and we will make mistakes. This gives advice, and lets you know you're not on your own. Fabulous!" - Emma S., MomView the course
Playful parenting can minimize conflict and make SO much of parenting easier! It has no lower or upper age limit, and it's a powerful tool for connection. (Plus, it helps us do the things we need to do as parents!) Of all my courses, I'd put this one into the must-watch category for all parents who want a happier, more peaceful home.
What parents are saying:
I thoroughly enjoyed the Playful Parenting course. Play is a child’s natural form of communication. The more we can incorporate it into our parenting, the more cooperative our children will be as a result of them feeling understood and of us ‘speaking their language’. Thank you, Sarah, for demonstrating the power of play in parenting. This is an essential part of every parent’s toolkit!" - Naomi Holdt, experienced teacher, educational psychologist, public speakerView the course
When a child lies, it can feel really frustrating. What should we do in the moment? Here's a peaceful parenting approach that explains a bit of what's going on in their brains when they're untruthful, and how we can create a better path forward. Note that this course is best suited for parents and caregivers of children 5 and younger. It's important to remember, however, that biological age isn't necessarily the same as emotional development in this area, and many of these tips also apply to older children.View the course
We all know time-outs are better than certain alternatives, but are they really our best option for positive discipline? This course explains why we should be doing time-INs, along with how to do them effectively.
Bonus: there's no lower or upper age limit to this type of positive discipline.View the course
Many of us have heard that we should "hold space" for our kids' big feelings. Of course, helping them label their feelings and using co-regulation (rather than expecting them to self-soothe) support their emotional intelligence. What should we do in the moment, though, when we're tempted to jump in and solve their problem, distract them from it, or move them through it before they might be ready? Further, what can we do in the rare moments where we need to temporarily delay the expression of big feelings? These tips can help.
Thought to ponder: ALL feelings are valid. Some may "feel" positive or negative, but all emotions serve a healthy purpose.View the course
When our child is engrossed in thought or seemingly IGNORING us, how can we get their attention? These gentle tips can help -- and none of them involves yelling. Note that this course is not about how to get your child to "obey" -- rather, it's about helping kids transition out of wherever they are mentally so they can engage with us.View the course
How early should you even START thinking about this? How do you know when it's time for your child to leave the diapers / nappies behind? What can you do to keep the process as pleasant as possible for everyone involved? If you're not in a rush, then this approach is absolutely your easiest and most gentle approach -- while still being completely effective.View the course
Separation anxiety isn't just for babies! Plenty of older kids struggle with it, too -- and that can be perfectly normal. Here are some tips that can help them transition when you need to spend time apart.View the course