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 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 […]

The Day My Daughter Left Me Speechless: 3 Parenting Hacks to Encourage Sharing

It was a typical Thursday morning. I was putting my two-year-old’s shoes on and ushering her out the door to attend Storytime at our local library. We arrived and listened to stories about St. Patrick’s Day, then began playing with blocks and coloring pictures. My daughter, Cedar, dropped her magnetic blocks and walked over to […]