I thought we were doing a pretty good job of having one of those silent passive-aggressive fights. One that was way better and less impactful on our young daughter than an all-out, down to the mat scream-fest. I was terribly, terribly wrong.
The consent game
The message is clear: unless her health or safety are at stake, she and she alone gets to decide who touches her body. Period.
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 just do something
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?
Stop cooking for your toddler. I mean it.
Parent Q&A: When kids prefer one parent
"Lately my son has been really preferring daddy and it's been hard on me."
Limit-setting 101: Key ingredients for holding the line
I believe that whenever we set a limit, we must do so with the following three principles in mind (and in heart, while we're at it): consistency, transparency, and empathy.