Video Interview with Paul Banas
In this interview, Paul Banas discusses the ever-evolving role of fathers, and how connection-based parenting is key to a lifelong relationship with their kids. He covers many important topics, including: The role empathy plays in authentic relationships The importance of being vulnerable Natural differences unique to dads that support children's development The shift from uninvolved parenting to an active role in a child's upbringing The magic that happens between dads...
How to discuss bad news with children: 5 peaceful ways to make it easier
Yesterday, there was a mass shooting very close to where I live. How's that for the beginning of a blog post? This is not the kind of thing that should ever happen under any circumstances, but when it does, our lives can be deeply affected. As such, we need to be able to talk to […]
Anger Management for Kids: Helpful Strategies for Before, During & After the Upset
In this course, I discuss healthy strategies to support children's stress and anger -- ways to help them STAY calm and peaceful, what to do "in the moment," as well as how to recover afterwards. 22-minute mini-course. Subtitles coming soon.
The Easter Bunny -- Should We Tell Kids the Truth?
Before I address the Easter Bunny, can I confess that we celebrated Easter one year on Cinco de Mayo? We were traveling unexpectedly during the "real" holiday in April and didn't have the forethought to toss any recycled plastic eggs in our hastily packed suitcases. Besides, the date people celebrate Easter changes every year, anyway, […]
Is a Calm Down Corner Better than a Time Out?
We've been hearing a lot about the "calm down corner" as a more peaceful alternative to the "time out" or "naughty step," but are we really just dressing up the same punishment to make it sound better? In short, it’s all about intent -- and more importantly, the child’s perception of that intent. Possible benefits […]
The World Is Tough, so Shouldn't We Toughen Up Our Kids?
We often hear that the world is tough, so we should prepare our children by toughening them up accordingly -- but is that true? Here's the positive parenting take on that and how we can push back. 4-minute course with subtitles
Peaceful Siblings: How to Raise Kids Who Like Each Other
In this interview excerpt, Sarah at Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting discusses with Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting how to raise peaceful siblings and avoid the comparison trap. If you'd like to see the full interview, which covers the lifespan of nurturing the sibling bond from pre-birth through adolescence, you can view it here. Raising […]
Video Interview with Michele Borba: THRIVERS
In this interview, best selling author Michele Borba discusses the following: What makes a child a THRIVER? What are the character strengths that set thrivers apart? You're really worried about this generation of kids. Why is that, and what can we do about it? What do resilience and empathy have to do with kids who thrive? What about kids' natural temperament? How does that play into whether they thrive --...
Emotional Regulation Skills: How to Create Calm from Chaos
Emotional regulation skills are of growing importance in a world where depression and self-esteem are at an all-time low for children. At the same time, we know that resilience and empathy -- along with emotional regulation skills -- are protective factors that help guard against these challenges. These skills are teachable, according to expert Michele […]
Picky Eater: Support for Trying New Foods
Here are some tips to help the picky eater try more foods and round out their diet. In addition to these, I recommend not framing foods as "good" or "bad" -- focus more on balance. Also, have some fun with what you call foods (who needs "broccoli" when you can eat "trees"?). Watch more tips here! 6-minute video