Discipline

The Elf on the Shelf as a Parenting Tool: Yes or No?

The Elf on the Shelf as a Parenting Tool: Yes or No?

A parent member of our online parenting support asked:

We are doing the Elf on the Shelf this year for my daughter (4-years-old). I think that the elf watching for good behavior is a good incentive. Any thought or experiences?

Methods and Techniques for Disciplining Young Children

Methods and Techniques for Disciplining Young Children

What is the best method for disciplining our kids?

  • Always focus first on their goal/objective and their emotional state before establishing a boundary. It is best to lower yourself to the child’s level and in the most tranquil form possible describe what the child is feeling, what you expect of them and express that you are certain that next time, they will do it properly.

How Your Parenting Style Resembles our Political System

How Your Parenting Style Resembles our Political System

I was embarrassed that I had welled up to the point where my nose and my eyes could no longer function properly. I attempted not to take a huge breath or blink since tears were going to pour.  From the stage I listened to Heather C. McGhee tell all of us that we needed to listen and understand one another, to meet in our humanity if  there was to be true change.  I began to cry because I know that this is the answer.  As a psychotherapist to families and children, I sit and listen to others' humanity daily, and it always works when we listen, understand, and meet in that place of "yes, me too."  However, in this moment at the We Won’t Wait Summit my tears were a mixture of McGhee stating what I believe to my soul and knowing how difficult it is for people to sit, speak, and listen to one another's experiences and feelings.