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The Difference Between Threats and Consequences

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An interesting question came in from a parent that has had me thinking all day so I feel inspired to talk about it this evening and would love to hear any experiences or comments you have about this topic.

Her struggle is, in her attempt to parent consciously, she would like to allow her young child to learn through natural consequences. But, telling her child, “you need to get dressed now, or you will have to wear pajamas to school”, or “eat now or you will have to go to school without breakfast” still felt like more of a threat than a natural consequence.

This is a difficult place and the definitions of these ideas often get wrongly exchanged…Read More

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How to Handle Your Child’s Big Emotions

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Hey Everybody,

Happy November!

I really love this time of year. I can’t say that I enjoy the sun going down at 5:07pm. That is a bummer to my evening walks around the coast. But I do love the gatherings, baking, creating, and love that brings my community closer to me during this time.

There are so many wonderful articles and blogs my friends are sharing right now about ritual, celebration, slowing down….recipes, and all those juicy things that warm your heart and home.

I’ve added links to some of my favorites which you can check out here:

Mariah Joy- Intentional Celebration
Kerry Ingram- November Inspiration

But, today, I want to touch on something that is not normally discussed in your holiday guide.

The behaviors of your child.

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Aware Parenting with Dr. Aletha Solter

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Aware Parenting is a philosophy of child rearing that has the potential to change the world.

Based on current research in child development, Aware Parenting questions most traditional assumptions about raising children, and proposes a new approach that can significantly improve relationships within a family.

Parents who follow this approach raise children who are cooperative, compassionate, competent, nonviolent, and drug free.

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How to Stop Bribing Your Child and Move Away From Rewards and Punishment w/ Alfie Kohn

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Alfie Kohn
writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting.

The author of fourteen books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations.

Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

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Potty Talk w/ Angela Kuhlmann

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Potty training is such a major milestone in a child’s life but with it comes questions.

Although Angela focuses on boys for her potty training advice, our conversation will prove to be helpful for either gender.

One very important thing to remember if you do have a girl, is teach her to wipe front to back!

There are some great tips for new parents who have no idea what to expect and also for those who may be struggling with the process.

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Work Life Design w/ Nick Pavlidis

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Nick Pavlidis is a husband, father, lawyer, and business and life coach whose upcoming book,Confessions of a Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned from a Lumpy Couch, exposes how he became a terrible husband, discovered that he was a terrible husband, took inventory, and committed to becoming better and better each day. He is a proud marriage “nonexpert” who is working tirelessly to improve his marriage in the open so he can insprire, encourage, and equip others to improve theirs. You can get the latest news and Nick’s real-time updates on becoming a better husband at www.ATerribleHusband.com.

He’s also got a top ranked parenting podcast available starring a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl.

Check it out here: http://fiveminuteswithdad.com/