The classic example of natural discipline at work is when a child learns to not touch a hot stove by … touching a hot stove. Lesson learned!
The next time you’re about to offer praise to your child, consider a question or observation as great way to not only share your approval but also promote your child’s awareness of their own accomplishment and their interest in building on it.
Just as your four-year-old will not remember that wonderful visit you had at Grandma’s house, she also will not remember the time you were so frustrated, stressed, or sleep deprived that you screamed at her.
What we really want is for our children to make good decisions and act responsibly on their own. Right now, though, they’re still in the process of developing the skills they need to be able to make good choices. They need our help.
The idea is simple: Before correcting your child, take time to connect with him or her.
You can help your child learn to manage their emotions by arranging experiences that stretch their abilities just the right amount.
Our kids are seeing us fight, but they’re not seeing us make up. They’re seeing the conflict, but they’re not watching how we resolve the conflict.
You know empathy is important for you and your child, but is it really something you can get better at? Yes, it is! Here’s one tried-and-true method.
Premature babies are under enormous stress. When doctors observe closely, they see that preemies are actually providing clues about how adults could help them manage their stress. You can do the same thing with your preschooler. Observing your child closely,
Our behaviors and decisions arise out of a kind of conversation between two parts of our brain: the lower limbic and upper limbic systems. The quality of that conversation has everything to do with the kind of life we will