How to Use Consequences

“She doesn’t care!” That was the main problem presented to me by one of my clients. We’ll call her Jane. “When I speak, she doesn’t care. It’s like talking to a wall unless I’m up close and yelling. That’s when she finally does what I ask her to do”, Jane […] Read more »

Communication Fun! Come Play…

Argh….it can be frustrating and heart-wrenching at all the same time when kids are defiant. We love them so much and want the best for them. “Why won’t they just calm down and listen to me??” I write those words from first hand experiences with my own kids along with […] Read more »

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It’s OK to Cry, BUT…

It’s totally OK to cry and show emotions. BUT… What isn’t OK is when those emotions turn into unsafe and destructive behaviors. Admit it, we all have emotions and we all cry from time to time. It could be due to sadness, happiness, or an unknown cause. Regardless, we are […] Read more »

Teaching Our Kids to Regulate

If you’ve been following our series on emotional regulation, it will come as no surprise that this post is focused on how to support children in using strategies to regulate their own emotions. This takes time, practice, and patience; yet it is critical for us as parents to begin instilling […] Read more »

How to Stay Calm

Recently I shared an article titled “Emotional Regulation” where we scratched the surface on what it means to be able to regulate our emotions. More importantly, we took some time to consider how our choices directly relate to consequences for not only ourselves but for our children as well. As […] Read more »

Emotional Regulation

What exactly is emotional regulation? Simply stated, it is when one is able to regulate or stabilize their emotions. In other words: to remain calm enough to make positive choices. As adults we have to regulate automatically throughout the day. Some days are harder to regulate than others but it […] Read more »

Bringing Home Baby: Helping Your Toddler Adjust

Adding another child to your family? Congrats!! If you’re reading this, I’m sure you or someone you know is having some normal anxiety about how your child will adjust to the role of “Big Brother ” or “Big Sister”. There are many great ideas and tips out there on how to prepare your little one […] Read more »

Teacher Tips: Supporting Families in Times of Stress

If you are a teacher, you have most likely encountered situations where a parent has told you information of a sensitive matter that has left you with uncertainty in how to respond. You may feel uncomfortable, unsure of what to say, and at a loss of how to help! Maybe […] Read more »