Mantras for Mamas: Banish Working Mom Guilt ASAP

  The Mother Lode (of Working Mom Guilt) With motherhood comes an onslaught of emotions. Depending on the circumstances, we feel everything from joy to dread. But perhaps the one emotion that strikes the hardest and most often is guilt. “Mom guilt” can be defined as what a mother feels any time she opts to […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 3: Understanding the Need for Control with Baumrind Parenting Styles

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. -Richard L. Evans  Parenting is akin to Goldilocks and the three little bears. At first Goldilocks tries the porridge that is too cold. This is the parent who is strict and unyielding, treating the child with […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 2: Preventing Misbehavior Through Skinner’s Schedules of Reinforcement

If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in. ~ Dr. Louise Hart ~ This post is part of a five-part series. Part 1 is available here. Be sure to also check out the post on why punishment is harmful. Psychologists have […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 1: Introducing Discipline

No-Drama Discipline encourages kids to look inside themselves, consider the feelings of others, and make decisions that are often difficult. . .When we’re willing to lovingly set a boundary. . .we help create neural connections that improve our kids’ capacity for relationships, self-control, empathy, personal insight, morality, and much, much more. And they can feel […]

Why I Stopped Punishing My Kids: Negative Effects of Punishment

A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way, at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. -B.F. Skinner Dan, at four years old, kept poking his little brother in the head no matter how much I explained that this was not a pleasant sensation. . . . […]

10 Instagram #ParentFails that will make you LAUGH OUT LOUD

We’ve searched Instagram high and low to find this weeks best #ParentFail posts! Can you relate? Tell us in the comments your favorite picture and your own #parentfail! Subscribe to our newsletter to hear our favorite monthly hashtag!     10. When your kid spills the family “crs wrds” ??  ? I’m actually dying!???#dinafamilyrules#whatdotheseteachersthink #thingskidswrite #parentsoftheyear#parentfail A post […]

5 Lessons From Mr. Rogers The World Needs Now More Than Ever: Review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff. ― Catherine M. Wallace I have been […]

Three Reasons to give your Toddler TV Time Every Day

Not all screen-time is created equal. Some can actually be helpful! One 2016 study found that coviewing 10 episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with a parent over a 2 week period benefited children in three profound ways.