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Our best advice when it’s tough with kids:breathe, laugh, dance, sing, hug, call a friend. Be gentle with yourself, you’re not done growing up yet. This won’t last and you are not alone.

Why Play is Important to Adult Humans

Why Play is Important to Adult Humans

This morning I watched a little bird from my bedroom window. The bird was all by itself, sitting in the hundred-year-old oak tree in our backyard. As I watched it, it taught me something really important about being a parent–and being a human–that is backed by...

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Parents! Flooded with Feelings? Do this!

Parents! Flooded with Feelings? Do this!

Have you ever lost it with your child, but then afterward thought, “Wow, where did THAT come from?” This has certainly happened to me… I’m trucking along in my day and then (wham!) something happens with a family member and a sleeping dragon gets woken up from inside...

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When parenting is overwhelming

When parenting is overwhelming

I’m having one of those days.You’ve probably had them too…When you have too much to do, and too little time to do it. It started with a fitful night of sleepA morning argument with a family member that I blamed myself forThings took longer than anticipatedAnd are not...

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Limit setting when there isn’t a choice

Limit setting when there isn’t a choice

A mom asked us, as a gentle, nonviolent parent, if using force is ever justified. For example, is it okay to physically restrain a child to get a necessary medical procedure done? Here’s what she wrote… “Our 8-year-old understands she needs a medical procedure. We...

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How to set a limit in parenting

How to set a limit in parenting

Have you ever found yourself in a parenting situation where your child just HAS to do something and there really is no other option? Like maybe for health reasons, your child needs to get an uncomfortable medical procedure done, or take a medication, or get a shot…...

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Are you overhelping your child?

Are you overhelping your child?

How do you know if you are overhelping your toddler or teen? It can be difficult as a parent to watch our kids struggle… whether it’s stacking wood blocks or getting to school in the morning. Let me tell you a story… Last spring one of our teens was having difficulty...

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