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Help for the child who won’t dress for the weather

Help for the child who won’t dress for the weather

On this side of the door, it’s pretty cozy. On the other side of the door, you see snowflakes whirling down the street, and the weather report warns of a deep freeze. The sun is shining, but there are ice crystals in the air. “I’m fine, I don’t...
Rock Your Family’s Morning Routine

Rock Your Family’s Morning Routine

Let me tell you a story about what my mornings used to be like: It’s a typical weekday morning. I’m trying to be cheerful, but I’m looking at the clock. The dreaded school-time transition is just around the corner. In five minutes, we need to put on...
How to stay calm when life gets crazy

How to stay calm when life gets crazy

Most parents say that the hardest moments of their day happen after school, and it’s no wonder. Sometimes it’s just a little moment that triggers intense frustration, and sends us right over the edge.  We do our best to keep it together, to solve problems as they pop...
Help! My child refuses to follow the rules

Help! My child refuses to follow the rules

Rules are THE WORST, right? If you ask your child if they love “rules,” they will probably give you a look as if you’ve just offered them a bowl full of squirmy bugs. Who likes rules? (Okay, some children actually do say they like rules, and they...
How to choose a CALM-DOWN strategy that actually works

How to choose a CALM-DOWN strategy that actually works

How do you help a hot-tempered child calm down? Why does logic fly out the window, along with all the calm-down toys and fidget toys you offer? Why don’t kind words or reasonable consequences seem to make any difference when your child is melting down? Why do...
How do I help my child make good choices?

How do I help my child make good choices?

“Make good choices!” Every parent knows how this is supposed to work. They’ve read the books, they’ve heard the advice. The basic formula for teaching children to “make good choices” goes like this: Set boundaries Explain consequences Be consistent “Good behaviour”...

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