It's often hard to know how close to be to our children. Case in point, once I nearly let my own child fall down the stairs.
Don't have a plan. Put away your phone. Heck, don't even take off your pajamas. And if you run out of stuff to do, may I recommend an expedition to your local drugstore?
Difficult conversations are, well, difficult. Well, when intense feelings abound and are calling at us, daring us to steer toward the rocks, the first thing we must do is hold on tight!
So far we've talked about why and when to set a limit. We've also discussed the importance of holding both the limit and the other's feelings. Now, it's time to talk about how to set a limit. Here are some of my favorite ideas on setting limits respectfully and also firmly. I believe that whenever... Continue Reading →
Inspired by/in response to Alanya Kolberg's viral Facebook post, "Your child is not required to share with mine." I often take my daughter to the park on Sunday afternoons - I'm so busy during the week that it's a rare and precious opportunity for us to have a picnic and hit the playground together. I... Continue Reading →
As many, including Nonviolent Communication's creator Marshall Rosenberg, have said: "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." Yesterday I brought my daughter a surprise: her first scooter. She's been excited about them since she first saw them in use at the local park a few weeks ago. She was so proud (and to her credit, immediately... Continue Reading →