Aug 16

Parenting children ages 3 to 8 years old can be hard not just for parents, but also for their children. For children, it is a stage of major transitions. At times they would need feelings of security and affection, and other times they would want to feel independent and test the limits within their surroundings. Sometimes, they want to find out what will or will not be tolerated. And as the kids undergo these conflicting needs and pleasures, then may throw tantrums and exhibit destructive behavior during the times when they don’t get what they want.

For parents, this is often shocking and challenging to handle. Parents may feel a loss of control and feel anger and frustration for not being able to get their child to cooperate. On the other hand, parents may sometimes also feel guilt or anxious that they may be lacking enough skills with parenting and are over-all concerned about their child’s progress (at school and whether their child is making enough friends.) With this, parents often feel confused thinking as to how much freedom and control they should give their kids. You must have frequently felt guilty wondering whether you handled a situation right or perhaps whether you have expected too much from your small child.

Parents can use appropriate discipline while also being responsive and nurturing to their kids. This can help their children learn effective ways to self-regulate and solve their problems, and in the long-term help them grow and develop to become more socially competent and less aggressive individuals. It will help advance your child’s emotional, social, and academic development, and you will feel more confident and less guilty in rearing your child.

You can read more on these principles on “Responsive and Nurturing Parenting” – HERE

Dec 29

Do you need some help calming your toddler or preschooler?  Well, here’s a crafty, creative, and unique idea for doing just that. It’s called a “Calm Down Jar,” and it’s easy to make.  And it might just be what you need to prevent your child’s next meltdown!

Dec 23

The holidays will make almost anyone melt down, but they can be especially rough on the youngest members of our families.  What causes this stress and how can parents handle it? Check out handling holiday toddler tantrums for some tips.

Aug 22

When you’re at the store or visiting your child’s school, it’s easy to spot the spoiled children, right?  They are usually pretty demanding, treat their parents poorly, and throw fits over the silliest little things. However, it’s harder to recognize certain behaviors in our own children, because, well, most parents think their children are next to perfect. If this is the case for you, you may want to check this out: 10 Signs That Your Child is Spoiled. You might be a little surprised at what you find.