A Thought about Helping a Fearful Child

Some children’s lives are limited by their overly cautious personalities. Rather than convincing a child that “there is nothing to fear” it can help to gradually and patiently help them get used to uncomfortable or
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A Thought about Fearless Children

Some children are born fearless, a wonderful trait but one that can lead to a lack of necessary caution. When a fearless child moves quickly it can help to figure out ways to slow them
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Skipping Home from School

A Spontaneous “Interview” with a Child Who Was Making the Most of Spring The other day when walking in my neighborhood I found myself crossing the street with a young girl and her mom. The
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Helping a Child with Self Doubt

Everyone goes through periods of self doubt. If is often hard for parents to hear their children question their capabilities. It can help to take the time to listen to what is on their little
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Lying

Children sometimes lie to avoid punishment for something they have done. When this is the case a frustrated or angry response from mom or dad can aggravate the problem. Finding a way to respond empathically
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Meltdowns

Here are a few things to remember when and if your child has a meltdown. 1. Most children have meltdowns, not just yours. 2. Meltdowns usually spring from multiple causes that have built up over
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Handling Power Battles at Home

It can be effective to find a way to disengage from an unnecessarily complicated and tense “power battle” with a child – getting involved in a lengthy “back and forth” is often unproductive.

My Youngest Daughter is Hitting Her Sister!

as seen in Brooklyn Family Magazine and on NYParenting.com Dear Sharon, My daughters are five and two. The older one is old enough to know that it’s not OK to hit. How do we deal
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Moms are Super!

It is often difficult to remember in the middle of hectic days, interrupted nights and inevitable parent child tensions that little ones really adore their moms. The following story is how I remember it’s true.
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A Nice Afternoon for Everyone – (Finding a time to avoid saying “It’s time to go.”)

I was leading a workshop recently when a mother, Sarah, told the following story of an unusually relaxing time she had with her twin daughters – Eva and Marie. On one of the first warm
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