5 Ways to Connect With Your Kids (That Actually Work)
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5 Ways to Connect With Your Kids (That Actually Work)

Connecting with kids is essential for being a positive influence in their lives and having a peaceful relationship. Here are five ways to achieve a connection with your child. Most parents hope they’ll form a strong bond with their child. That they’ll be able to share advice with them about being true to oneself, living…

4 Things That Can Cause Low Self-Esteem in Children (and How to Avoid Them)
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4 Things That Can Cause Low Self-Esteem in Children (and How to Avoid Them)

There are four things parents do out of a sense of love for their children that may, in fact, cause low self-esteem. Here’s what they are and how to avoid them. As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to be happy, healthy, and have a positive self-image. But sometimes, without realizing it,…

The Basic Needs of a Child: 9 Essential Things Every Child Needs to Thrive
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The Basic Needs of a Child: 9 Essential Things Every Child Needs to Thrive

A child’s basic needs include their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. All children need their basic needs met in order to thrive throughout childhood and adulthood. When a child’s social, emotional, and physical needs are met, they’re given a sure foundation on which to experience a happy childhood and achieve their full potential. It’s also…

How to Establish a Calm Morning Routine for Kids That Actually Works

How to Establish a Calm Morning Routine for Kids That Actually Works

Inside: Five ideas to establish a calm morning routine for kids that they’ll actually follow From the moment your alarm goes off in the morning the race is on.  Waking your kids up, feeding them, getting them dressed and out the door (and yourself too!) can feel like a mad dash…and on some mornings nearly…

How to Build a Rock Solid Parent Child Relationship
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How to Build a Rock Solid Parent Child Relationship

Building a strong parent child relationship requires five key elements that not only bond us to our children but improve our ability to coach, guide, and discipline them. Imagine this: A relationship with your child where you feel at ease, have open and honest dialogue, and consistently share mutual respect and trust. The kind of…

48 Inspiring Positive Parenting Quotes on Raising Kids and Being a Better Parent
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48 Inspiring Positive Parenting Quotes on Raising Kids and Being a Better Parent

These thirty-five positive parenting quotes will inspire you to build a more peaceful and loving relationship with your child – a relationship that research shows results in better outcomes for both parent and child. Positive parenting – also known as authoritative, peaceful parenting or positive discipline – is defined as: “Positive parenting is focused on…

Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect
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Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect

It is possible to model and teach kids respect without allowing them to walk all over us. Here are four ways to make that happen. “You’re stupid!” your child yells as she crosses her arms and stomps her feet, giving you the stink eye.  Your offense? Telling her that she needs to wait to have…

The Difference Between Consequences That Punish and Consequences That Teach
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The Difference Between Consequences That Punish and Consequences That Teach

The word “consequence” in parenting has come to mean different things to different people. But in order to truly teach kids a lesson, a consequence must have certain characteristics. “Kids need to experience the consequences of their actions.” For any parent whose goal it is to raise a self-sufficient child, those words ring true. Our…

The Seven Emotional Needs of a Child That Influence Confidence and Self-Esteem
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The Seven Emotional Needs of a Child That Influence Confidence and Self-Esteem

Understanding your children’s emotional needs and how you can meet them is the first step in supporting their confidence and self-esteem. Want to know the secret to raising a child who’s confident, secure, and has strong self-esteem? Meet their emotional needs. While that statement sounds over-simplified, it’s true. When we, as parents, help meet the…

Have a Disobedient Child? Four Steps to Address Your Child’s Behavior
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Have a Disobedient Child? Four Steps to Address Your Child’s Behavior

Having a disobedient child can be frustrating, to say the least. Inside are four steps you can take to help address your child’s misbehavior and turn that behavior around. Having a disobedient child is one of the most aggravating, irritating, stressful, and downright frustrating parenting experiences. Especially if it seems our child is chronically disobedient:…

How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier
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How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier

Strong problem-solving skills are essential for our kids to navigate the world independently. And as our children grow in their ability to problem-solve, they’ll demonstrate greater autonomy and responsibility, making parenting easier. Problem-solving is one of nine important 21st-century skills our kids need. Click the link to see the full list. Mom, I forgot my…

Why We Need to Let Our Kids Experience the Natural Consequences of Their Actions
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Why We Need to Let Our Kids Experience the Natural Consequences of Their Actions

Letting our kids experience the natural consequences of their decisions and actions can strengthen their confidence and self-sufficiency – but only when our kids are developmentally ready and only in certain circumstances. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and your daughter is eager to do one of her favorite things: ride around your neighborhood on her…

Why Logical Consequences Aren’t Working to Change Your Child’s Misbehavior (and What Will)
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Why Logical Consequences Aren’t Working to Change Your Child’s Misbehavior (and What Will)

Many parents try to use consequences to change their child’s misbehavior but find they’re ineffective. Here’s why that happens, how to determine when a consequence will be effective, and seven alternative parenting tools that often work better. Your daughter has been playing with Magnatiles for the past hour. You love that she’s so engaged in…

How to Stop Doing Everything for Your Kids and Teach Responsibility
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How to Stop Doing Everything for Your Kids and Teach Responsibility

It is possible to teach responsibility and stop doing everything for your children. Here are three ways to lead your kids towards greater independence. “It’s time to get up!” you exclaim for the fourth time as you stick your head into your thirteen-year-old son’s bedroom. Every morning it’s a struggle to get him out of…

How to Discipline Kids While Reaching Their Hearts at the Same Time
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How to Discipline Kids While Reaching Their Hearts at the Same Time

Kind but firm parenting involves setting clear limits for kids while also maintaining a strong, healthy relationship. Here’s how to do it. With a big smile on his face, your five-year-old takes a handful of sand, stands up, and gleefully throws it into the air. He’s in awe over the way the grains scatter in…

How to End Sibling Fights and Bring Peace Back to Your Home

How to End Sibling Fights and Bring Peace Back to Your Home

Inside: Is it possible to have siblings without rivalry? Two experts provide solutions to sibling rivalry including what specifically parents should do when kids fight. “You smell!” “I hate you!” “You’re such a liar!” How many times have you heard exclamations like these exchanged between your kids? Often yelled. Sometimes accompanied by physicality. At one…

6 Ways Kids Routines Encourage Independence and Bring More Sanity to Your Life
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6 Ways Kids Routines Encourage Independence and Bring More Sanity to Your Life

Kids routines provide children with cues throughout the day that encourage self-reliance and independence. Below are six ways kids and parents benefit from routines. But I don’t want to be tied down to a schedule! I thought to myself as I read about the benefits kids and parents receive from following a routine every day. The…

The (Super Easy) Trick to Help Kids Get Ready for School Independently
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The (Super Easy) Trick to Help Kids Get Ready for School Independently

School day mornings can be crazy…but there’s a really easy way to help your kids get ready for school independently with no nagging from you.  “We need to leave in three minutes!” I called out to my daughter from the first floor. “Wait – have you brushed your teeth yet?” “No….” she said sheepishly. “What?!…

What Kids REALLY Need to be Confident, Independent, and Self-Reliant
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What Kids REALLY Need to be Confident, Independent, and Self-Reliant

Raising self-sufficient kids is about more than just teaching life skills. Here’s how to create a home that nurtures your child’s confidence and independence. When they were toddlers you spent hours teaching them how to tie their shoes. When they turned 10, you gave them the low-down on how to use the washing machine. And…

How to Help Children Cope With Failure
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How to Help Children Cope With Failure

Inside: Tips and insights about how to help your child cope with failure while still encouraging them to keep trying.  “You can do it!” I yelled, hands cupped around my mouth, as my daughter swam toward a float 100 yards offshore. This was our third summer spending a week at a rustic lake-side camp up…