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Sometimes We Just Need To Cry

I received this note from a female client, which I’d like to share with you (with her permission). I believe what she experienced is so helpful for parents. These are her words, which I have edited: Andrea, the most amazing thing just happened. As you know, I’ve been struggling with my oldest boy’s behaviour: so [...]

October 9th, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|0 Comments

Win A Signed Copy of Jimmy Fallon’s book: Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

Tonight Show funny man, Jimmy Fallon, poured his creative energy into a cute book for toddlers called, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada. Frustrated that his now-two-year-old daughter, Winnie, said, “mama” as her first word, he was determined to change that for his second daughter, Franny. Fallon admitted that it is obvious what this [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Experiences in Action|19 Comments

Taming Tantrums: There’s An App For That!

I believe that clever, positive, neutral phrases can significantly improve toddler cooperation (I call “toddlers” children between one and four-years-old). One day I sat down to write the phrases I have discovered are really helpful for younger toddlers, and ended up with this list of thirty-three parenting gems: Stop Tantrums: 33 Phrases To Use With Toddlers. I [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

What To Do When Your Baby Or Toddler Cries

I was looking through the book Baby Care Basics by Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders who are pediatricians from The Hospital for Sick Children, and came across an important section entitled, “Interpreting Crying.” Not knowing what to do with a crying baby or child is one of the most stressful experiences a parent [...]

September 15th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

32 Phrases To Stop Tantrums in 3 and 4-Year-Olds

The trick to communicating successfully with three and four year-olds is to be clever, funny, clear, rested, and to have a method to calming yourself down as fast as possible. Children this age are often more aggressive and frustrated than they were as toddlers, so being aware of this and meeting their challenging behaviour with [...]

September 1st, 2015|Techniques & Tips|2 Comments

Parenting: How To Handle The “Fournado”

My phone has been ringing with requests from frustrated parents of four-year-olds—“Help! My child keeps freaking out and nothing I’m doing is working.” To answer this request, I enlisted the help of parenting educator colleagues, Kelly Bartlett and Andy Smithson. There are many factors which conspire to make parenting children of this age particularly challenging: [...]

September 1st, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|0 Comments

Learning From The Loss Of Lisa Gibson And Her Children

The story of Lisa Gibson, aged 32, of Winnipeg, MB and the death of her two young children is back in my mind. This mother of two young children drowned them in a bathtub then killed herself by swimming out into the Red River. In addition to the tragic loss of these three people, my concern [...]

August 4th, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|0 Comments

Parenting: The Scariest and Most Wonderful Experience Of My Life

-This is a picture of the day we brought our youngest son home from the hospital. My boys are six and eight-years-old now. I had my scariest moment as a parent last night. I went into my boy’s room (they prefer to sleep in the same room) just before going to sleep as I usually [...]

August 2nd, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

Understanding The Difference Between Loud And Hurtful Yelling

I read the report published by the University of Pittsburgh regarding a study about “harsh verbal discipline,” and then I read K.J. Dell’Antonia’s (editor for The New York Times Motherlode) lament about not buying into the researcher’s comments—that this study deems us all “bad parents” because it is impossible to not yell. I hear you [...]

August 1st, 2015|Core Beliefs|1 Comment

Parents, Please Stop Saying, “OK?”

In our quest to attach properly, attune deeply, and respect thoroughly, many parents (me included!) have adopted the bad habit of saying, "OK?" when asking a child to do something. In our minds we are friendly and checking for approval to show our children how much we love and care for them. BUT, in our [...]

August 1st, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment