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How To Safely Introduce Screens To Your Child

We hear the warnings: too much screen time causes all kinds of problems for our kids. Obesity, low motivation, anti-social behaviour, reading lags, attention-type disorders or trouble, and addictions to the devices can happen when a young child becomes too attached to screens. Mobile devices can even be fodder for massive tantrums! We can’t blame [...]

November 7th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

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

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

Help For Toddler Biting

Most toddlers do some biting, and this behaviour is well within the normal, yet painful, things that toddlers do. Although a common phenomenon, it is still important to nip biting in the bud. There are four main reasons that toddlers bite. I will list those below with suggestions to help in each case. 1. It [...]

July 29th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|0 Comments

12 Positive Discipline Strategies That Work

We hear the term “Positive Discipline” used frequently, but many parents are unsure exactly what this means, and why this form of discipline is the best for our kids. The word discipline has origins in the Latin word disciplina, which means, “to teach.” Adapting this concept to raising children, I believe positive discipline means guiding, [...]

July 23rd, 2015|Techniques & Tips|8 Comments

How to Use the Helpful “Everyone with…” Parenting Tool

Children, particularly toddlers, are more able to follow our instructions when we word them in a way they can easily interpret. In addition to the great tools “when/ then” and “either/ or,” a strategy I call the “Everyone with…” is a great way to increase toddler cooperation. Here is how to use the tool: Identify [...]

June 17th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|2 Comments

Tips For Teaching Your Toddler To Talk

You, your partner, and other primary child-givers are going to be teaching your children how to talk. Here are some tips to promote clearer communication and to help you foster increased self-esteem, confidence and understanding through this process. Learn sign-language and start by 6 months of age. Consistently use these 7 main signs with babies: eat, [...]

June 17th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

Thriving While Parenting A Toddler

While gathering information for articles about toddlers, I have discovered desperate posts like this on the Internet: "Two-year-old for sale. Cheap!" Raising little ones can be very hard! In order to parent children under 3, adults need to accept the challenging parts that come during this time (along with the super-cute parts). Toddlers will yell, [...]

June 9th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|0 Comments