connection

4 tips for cultivating a “yes environment”

December 2, 2016

Children hear the word “no” about 400 times a day. Being told “no” constantly doesn’t feel good and often times can be frustrating. The more children hear it, the more likely they are to have tantrums and power struggles, and feel disconnected from their parents. Creating a “yes environment” can help families to feel happier […]

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Thankful kids

November 23, 2016

It’s this time of year — Thanksgiving holiday — when we pause and take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. A few years ago, I adopted Thanksgiving as a daily practice, and to my surprise, it has transformed my life for the better: I’ve become more centered and peaceful which […]

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Building a strong parent-child bond through Playful Parenting

November 14, 2016

One of the most important and challenging undertakings of parenting is to build strong, close bonds between children and their parents. A strong parent-child connection enables children to become confident, independent, develop healthy relationships, and become a peaceful adult. In his book Playful Parenting, Dr. Lawrence Cohen points out that through play, children explore the […]

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13 Attachment Parenting hacks

November 9, 2016

Attachment Parenting is more than a tick-boxed scorecard of babywearing and breastfeeding. It is so very much more. Attachment Parenting, for many of us, is a way of life. In its simplest of forms, it’s about choosing connection and respect over convenience and quick-wins.   The following advice has been lifted — with permission! — […]

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Connecting through creativity and art

November 7, 2016

Doing art projects and other creative activities with my kids is something that’s very important to me. As a child, I always disliked Art Class because I knew I wasn’t very good at art, but starting when my oldest son was 2, I wanted to make art a part of his life. I wanted to […]

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Take a day off from the world

March 13, 2013

I guess I’m a pretty typical parent. I am busy and my family is busy. We do lots of fun things and we do lots of things that just need to get done. When it all adds up, we are stretched a little thin. We are tired and we need some down time. My husband […]

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Connection Before Correction: How Attachment Leads Our Discipline Style

February 27, 2013

In my parenting, the goal of obedience doesn’t exist. It’s important to emphasize the part about it being a goal. Notice that I didn’t say, “Obedience doesn’t exist in our household.” I mean that our children’s obedience to my husband and me is not something we specifically aim for. I get its importance, though, and I […]

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