Calm Parenting: Mantras

Mantras are often cited as a good way to calm down in general. When I am stressed about anything, I repeatedly remind myself to, “just breathe, breathe, breathe.” Targeted mantras can help in parenting. A mom, who had been working on potty training for weeks with her three-year-old son, reminded herself often, “no one goes … Continue reading “Calm Parenting: Mantras”

Calm Parenting – Shift Your Responsibility

Staying calm when your child is misbehaving can be a difficult thing to do. I think part of the answer lies in where you place your focus. Often parents feel responsible for their child’s behavior. The misbehavior feels like a direct reflection on you. If you think other’s are judging your parenting based on the child’s … Continue reading “Calm Parenting – Shift Your Responsibility”

Calm Parenting – Take Care of Yourself First

I speak with so many moms in our workshops, and lately a common complaint is they are “running on empty.” Moms comment they aren’t getting enough sleep, aren’t eating well and feel increasingly stressed. Basically, they just aren’t taking care of themselves. Some cite the time crunch, others the effort after taking care of everyone … Continue reading “Calm Parenting – Take Care of Yourself First”

Calm Parenting – Know Your Triggers

Calm Parenting is a hot topic these days. My Calm Parenting workshops have quickly become as popular as my Positive Discipline classes. In both sessions, and in many other, unrelated classes parents report losing their cool often. They say they would like to provide a calm household, but find themselves yelling more than they’d like. This week’s posts … Continue reading “Calm Parenting – Know Your Triggers”

Calm Parenting Tips

A few good resources about Calm Parenting: Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids: Practical Ways to Create a Calm and Happy Home by Drew   Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Runkel     7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Covey     The DVD serives Celebrate Calm … Continue reading “Calm Parenting Tips”

Helping a Child Learn to Calm Down

Does your child get anxious, angry or frustrated easily? In the moment, it’s often best to err on the side of support; rather than, challenging or giving logic and reason as an answer to their emotion. It’s often helpful to acknowledge the emotion, provide empathy and give time and space to let a child calm … Continue reading “Helping a Child Learn to Calm Down”

My Parenting Book List

So this is a work in progress, but I thought I’d share my first draft of my Parenting Book List. Please let me know your thoughts. Are there categories or books that I’ve left off?  Thanks! Overall The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Siegel and Bryson (2012) … Continue reading “My Parenting Book List”

Bookclub on Screamfree Parenting Notes

Last week our Parenting Bookclub met to discuss Screamfree Parenting: A Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Runkel. What a great book! Here are a few tips from our discussion: Focus more on being responsible to your children, focus less on being responsible for them. You were not the one … Continue reading “Bookclub on Screamfree Parenting Notes”