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Positive discipline is all about the right relationship

April 21, 2015

Some parents misconstrue Attachment Parenting (AP) as promoting undisciplined children and martyred parents, when in actuality, Attachment Parenting has a strong basis in discipline and balance. Parents are encouraged to look at child behavior in a different perspective than a punishment-based mindset. Children need abundant nurturing and an authentic, open bond with their parents based […]

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A sign of affection

January 26, 2015

My beautiful 3 year old, like most I would presume, is a rather emotional breed. Juliette knows not only what she wants but can also quite effectively articulate why she wants it and why we should appease her wishes. Sometimes I joke that she is a lawyer in the making. She is clever, intelligent, determined […]

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Tantrums

January 23, 2015

My 2-year-old son was standing in his bedroom doorway with little sobs, tears rolling down his cheeks. All because he was so tired and it was bedtime, but he wanted to keep playing with his trains. My heart was breaking. He wanted me to take him back downstairs, but I was nursing his half-asleep baby […]

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Mirroring

October 10, 2014

“I see your hand is squeezing his toy. Your face is getting very red. Your feet are stomping the ground.” There’s something very reassuring about being seen and affirmed like this. Describing what you observe is happening in a non-dramatic, non-judgmental tone of voice is called mirroring, and can be used as a positive discipline […]

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The Hard Heart of Parenting

February 3, 2014

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle […]

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Transitions in Attachment Parenting: Infancy to Toddlerhood, Part 3

November 20, 2013

We are continuing this series with two more of the most common challenges of transitioning from infancy to toddlerhood as your baby grows. Here is what parents had to say … What do you find most challenging about transitioning from using AP in infancy to using AP in toddlerhood? Challenge: Not Listening “NO! NO! NO!” […]

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Epic Meltdown

October 18, 2012

Have you been there?  I hope so, simply for my sake as I am in need of some mommy comforting.  We had a meltdown of epic proportions this week, at the tire store, in public, with everyone watching.  No, seriously, if only I could have harnessed that kind of energetic passion (to put it nicely) […]

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The Importance of Empathizing with Children – Guest Post by Dionna Ford

October 17, 2012

We are delighted to feature a guest post by Dionna Ford of Codename: Mama. Here, she flips perspective from our viewpoint as parents to that of children, as a reminder that what they experience is not the same thing as what we observe.   The Importance of Empathizing with Children by Dionna Ford   Let’s […]

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