A lot of parenting tips are about communication, self-care or setting limits. All good! These are all essential areas for parents to create calm, consistent habits. One consideration for parents is often overlooked. Have you ever noticed that the physical environment can set up a child for success? We set up the physical space for safety with babies and toddlers – child locks on cabinets and drawers, baby gates at
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When my boys were in preschool and first grade, I heard a lot about the importance of praise. I was thrilled to discover the handout, 100 Ways to Praise, which I promptly fastened to my refrigerator. I was working on shifting my attention from the stuff that drove me crazy – one boy whining for a glass a milk while another poked his brother in the ribs, to noticing pleasant
Parents, you have shown herculean efforts to survive the pandemic as you adjusted and pivoted to meet the needs of work and children. You conducted Zoom meetings in your bedroom to avoid the noise of a kindergarten tantrum. You joined a conference call outside in the chilly winter air so your teenager could finish a geometry test on your laptop. You took breaks from work to make sandwiches for lunch