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  1. Family Life
    Parenting is not for the weary, but the rewards are limitless. When it comes to shaping and molding behaviors, it's important to remember there is no such thing as a quick fix! We dug into our archives to bring out this powerful reminder about punishment -- and how it's rarely a fix to...
  2. Judy Arnall
    123 Time-Out Advantages and Disadvantages Time-out seems to be a popular discipline/punishment method. Parents need to be aware that it has risks for their child and their relationship. Although many parents claim it has “worked” they often mean that it has worked to gain compliance in the...
  3. Baby
    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
  4. Family Life
    I don't know where I came up with it, but when I had my first child about 10 years ago I wanted to try not to use the word "no" with him. Maybe I thought that if I didn't tell him "no" then he wouldn't shout it at me. Maybe I had some misguided view about the evil nature of no that I had somehow...
  5. Baby
    Marianne Williamson said it best when she stated, "There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children." This is not a small undertaking. Many of us who practice Attachment Parenting and gentle discipline do so...
  6. Family Life
    We all make mistakes, and our children are no exception. In fact, helping our children work through their mistakes and learn from them can give them the best examples of how to be resilient, resourceful and responsible adults. Here's how you can teach your kids to work through a mistake...
  7. Family Life
    When my children were very young, I began trying to plan out their education: where they would learn, how they would learn it, and what we would do for them to get it. I recognize that a strong education can help secure a better future. In our society, reading, writing, math and sciences matter...
  8. Other
    Today's society is quick to tell parents that all their children need is more strict punishment. Generations before us used strong-hold forms of discipline such as spanking, isolation, and embarrassment. Even today you see images circulate on social media with parents shaming their children in...
  9. Toddler & Child
    Many of us were raised with spanking that it can seem second-nature, making it hard to change our ways even as we so desperately want to. While changing our knee-jerk reactions take time, the good news is that there are many more ways to effectively discipline our children gently -- affording...
  10. Baby
    The prominent argument favoring such techniques as crying-it-out is that our babies won't remember it anyway. But just because we can't visualize a memory from our earliest years, doesn't mean our brains have forgotten the event. My earliest memory is pulling out the bottom drawer of the...
  11. Toddler & Child
    With our society's focus on outward beauty, our children struggle with body image issues at an ever younger age. A new study reveals that kids as young as eight are embarrassed by their physical appearance. These tips can help teach your child how to love her body. Body image issues take on a...
  12. Toddler & Child
    Many of us who practice attachment parenting aren't concerned about our kids becoming bullies. The whole point of this parenting style is to instill within our children the values of empathy, compassion, and respect for others. But sometimes we may wonder if that soft heart we're cultivating may...
  13. Family Life
    Globally, 60 countries and territories now ban spanking of children in the home. The United States and Canada are not included in this list of largely developed nations. But, according to a new study, we're inching closer to a tide change. Tulane University found that the majority of U.S...
  14. Toddler & Child
    Underlining the importance of staying positive, respectful, and empathetic while setting boundaries on our child's behavior, this new study found that parental criticism can rewire how a child's brain processes others' emotions - and not in a good way. No parent is perfect, and that includes...
  15. Family Life
    A strong parent-child relationship allows for a deeper connection and easier parenting. Gentle parenting works towards building this strong connection. Everything in parenting comes down to the relationship a parent shares with their child. The better the relationship, the better their...
  16. Toddler & Child
    April is Month of the Military Child. More and more military families are finding that attachment parenting principles are making a positive difference in the lives of kids who are often separated from parents for long periods of time. The life of a military child is hard. Children are often...
  17. Family Life
    The basic principles of attachment parenting naturally shift and change as children get older. I've been drawn to attachment parenting from the very beginning because it felt natural to me; forging a strong connection to my new baby to help him be more secure, less stressed, and confident in a...
  18. Baby
    For the past few months, a perfect storm of circumstances has resulted in an overall increase in whining from my six and three-year-old kids. Lately, they seem extra sensitive, overreacting to disappointments and taking longer than usual to move past emotional moments. But I think I've figured...
  19. Toddler & Child
    Peaceful parenting and gentle discipline may seem like a challenge, especially if you have a child that seems to stretch every boundary. Here are some important things to remember when parenting your argumentative child. I have an argumentative seven-year-old. He is bright; his logic astounds...
  20. Toddler & Child
    Your child is certain to react strongly enough to induce a strong reaction in you. Whether this hasn't happened yet or happens daily, here are some tips for dealing with your kid's screams, tears, and fears. If you have a high intensity child, you don't need any parenting books to tell you so...
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