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Positive Parenting Topics

Positive Parenting Topics
  • Parenting Support (102)
  • Learning & Development (84)
  • Positive Parenting Core (82)
  • Emotion Coaching (80)
  • Character & Behavior (75)
  • Kids & Stress (66)
  • Positive Discipline (66)
  • Motherhood (49)
  • Tricky Topics (44)
  • Self Esteem & Confidence (36)
  • Playful Parenting (26)
  • Basic Life Skills (24)
  • Family Fun (19)
  • Traditions & Holidays (18)
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety (16)
  • Safety (16)
  • Reviews (6)
  • Uncategorized (6)
  • Transitions (4)
  • Green Living (2)
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When Bad Things Happen to Good (Little) People: Building Emotional Intelligence

I was just waking up and remembered that I needed to move some food from the night before from the refrigerator to the freezer. Upon opening the fridge, I noticed that the lid on the food wasn't secure, so I tried to push it down. In doing so, my Superheroine-Like Muscles (that must be it, […]
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The Boy in the Road

I was driving home from the doctor with my five-year-old child. She was on day six of a 102-degree fever and all its accompanying crud. All she wanted was to get back home, as did I. As we were driving along a busy two-lane road at about 35 miles per hour, I saw him. A […]
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Carrot Cake for Everyone (Even for People Who Think They Don't Like It)

I've never been a fan of carrot cake. It may be because it goes against one of my core values, which is not to mix vegetables with dessert. I'm no scientist, but I'm pretty sure there's a separate compartment in our bellies for All Things Sweet, and anything healthy in there simply contaminates it. But […]
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Observing the Experts (Who Are Rarely Adults, With This Exception)

For the past week, I've attended a multi-age outdoor school led by Teacher Tom, who's hailed by parenting experts as one of the "world’s leading practitioners of 'democratic play-based' education."* If you haven't followed his blog or bought his book, you should, and if you can attend his class, even better. Although I exceed the age limit for […]
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Finding Support for Gentle Parenting

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents who are attempting gentle parenting isn't whether they're doing this, that, or the other thing right. Although we all have questions about how to manage certain aspects of gentle parenting, it's not usually the daily how-to's that make us consider throwing in the towel. One of […]
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The Parenting Strength of (Seemingly) Doing Nothing

There's a little boy in Teacher Tom's multi-age summer school whose name isn't Jimmy, but I'm saying it is to protect his privacy. Jimmy is quite little, as in, he still has to wear a sticker on his back that reads, "Please take me to the bathroom at 2 p.m." He can't be any older than his […]
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The Doctor, the Dentist, the Anxiety, Oh My! Helping Your Child Find Peace in Predictably Scary Situations

From the backseat of the car, my daughter asked me to tell her a story. Since we were on the way to her annual well child exam, I wondered if she was seeking a virtual role play in which the heroine of my story would be on her way to the doctor, too. So, sure […]
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Finding the Patience for Positive Parenting, Part Two: Tricky Moments

We were every cliché: she spilled her milk all over the table and was using her fingers to spread it into a big and messy design; I was already waaaay late making dinner. I was feeling anxious and frustrated, and struggling to be mindful of the positive parenting ideas from part one of this article. (Yep, I'm […]
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"I'm Not Your Mom" and Other Tips for Raising Self-Sufficient Humans

After finishing a two-week, multi-age summer class with Teacher Tom, who's an internationally respected teacher and writer, I asked my child what she thought he was really good at. She pondered my question for a moment and thoughtfully replied, "He's really good at sitting."  Well, shoot. At the risk of bragging, I'm a fine sitter, myself. Now that I know […]
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Finding the Patience for Positive Parenting, Part One: The Big Picture

We've all had that class—the one we were required to take to fill some requirement, but had absolutely no interest in taking. For me, it was a summer class during grad school. It was called "Miscommunication," and I agreed--it must've been some incredible misunderstanding that I wasn't at the beach. However, as much as it […]

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