Threats vs Consequences

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

big emotions

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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DIY: Toddler Backpack Sternum Strap

My son, Wyatt, started his first year of a two-year kindergarten this year, but the magic of preschool just keeps on giving. Just the other day, I learned that he knows how to match and roll socks. Neither my husband nor I ever taught him how to do it. He knows how to do it because he watched one of his older preschool buddies match and roll her socks. As he put it, “After I saw her do it, I just knew how to do it myself.” Read More

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3 Tips For a Happy Preschool Experience

Somehow every year I forget just how challenging the first few weeks of school really are. Not just for the children, but teachers and parents too.

Separation anxiety, stressful mornings, limit testing, and sads…oh so many sads.

Change can be scary all by itself. And when we have no idea what to expect, it can be nerve wrecking.

As a preschool teacher, I am often the first person caring for a child beyond parents and family. It is a role I do not take lightly. I love each child like they are my own. But during those first days, they could care less how much I adore and respect them.

We are coming to the end of the fourth week today. We had a tear free drop off, adventurous outdoor play, great transitions, all children eating the same meal, all nappers sleeping, and friendships clearly developing.

So how did we make it here?

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aware parenting

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.

Alfie-Kohn

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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