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How to stop yo-yo parenting in its tracks

How to stop yo-yo parenting in its tracks

When kids play up it is so hard to focus your attention in so many directions, and hold it all together yourself so here are some tips on how to stop yo-yo parenting and parent harmoniously instead. 1.     Check your vitals first Are you tired, hungry, overwhelmed, or are you just plain cranky? – I hate to admit it, but I know I can get as grumpy as my kids do when they are tired, hungry, or overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and hold it for a minute before you say anything! I am serious, being conscious of what you ...

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Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them  (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Setting boundaries with teens and younger childen that your child will keep and you as the parent can enforce, is one of the biggest challenges facing parents today.  These handy tips may assist to keep you all on track:   1.     Have the kids help with setting boundaries Instead of just dictating certain boundaries to your child, you may find that if they are involved in their conception, they will then find them easier to adhere to and live by.   2.     Have them written down Gather as a family and write them down.  Allow each family member to contribute one ...

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Saying No to Granny’s Kisses

Saying No to Granny’s Kisses

When families get together, relatives have a tendency to swoop down on young children and slather them with hugs and kisses.  From Granny’s point of view, this is a darling child she hasn’t seen for weeks, or possibly months.  But things look different for the young child.   Who is this stranger? I don’t remember her. Those kisses are too juicy. I don’t want to be hugged like that.   Some children are ready for an affectionate reunion at any time, but many kids need help setting boundaries. Kids have the right not to be touched – even by Granny ...

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Teaching my child about respecting personal space in 3 simple steps

Teaching my child about respecting personal space in 3 simple steps

We all have our boundaries. The parameters that we put up to give people distance.  As we begin to establish comfort levels, those barriers are knocked down.  Comfort levels work the same way universally whether we are talking about adults or kids.  Teaching kids about personal space, or boundaries, can come more easily to parents if you know how to relate.   1.     Empathize with them Not all kids come with open arms, ready to accept strangers into their lives. Some kids are shy and take months to warm-up to a new person.  Accepting your child’s comfort level is your ...

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