Most parents feel pressured to have well-behaved children. The pressure comes from well-meaning family, teachers, and judgmental stares from strangers.
Emotional intelligence is a child’s ability to perceive, understand, and effectively manage their own feelings; to read subtle cues; and relate empathically to the feelings of others.
- Dealing with fears at night and hard bedtime questions (i.e. death, marriage)
- Sleep solutions for infants and toddlers and getting bedtime similar
- Handling hitting in frustration/anger of a school age child (6)
- Managing the 4 year old tantrum - that is now verbal (i.e. "I don't love daddy/I don't love mommy")
- Dealing with a traveling parent - how to deal with the difference of routine
- Managing tattling between siblings
- Handling issues in school
- Managing the tantrums of a toddler
- Handling difficult situation with another Parent at preschool
- What to do with a 1 year old who touches everything
- What if I can’t find a school for my toddler
- Moving a child into "big kid"
- Working on night time fears
- Managing allergies and anxiety it builds
- Managing rough housing between twins
- Managing hitting between twins
- Sleep Solutions for 5 months old
- When do the young children begin to express empathy with their sibling
- Handling a tantrum
- Managing going on a trip with a preschooler
- Speaking to a 4 year old about death, gender and race
- Sleep with an infant and a toddler
- What to do after a four year has a medical scare
- Dealing with sibling rivalry
- Helping a school age child deal with being different than their friends
- Toddler is screeching - how do you handling it?
- Managing the sleep of a toddler
- How to manage the allowance of a school age child
- Handling the playground etiquette
- Potty training ideas
- Managing when a child says "I hate you"
- Handling Santa Claus
- How to handle a 7 year old that constantly disrespectful to one of the parents
- Helping a toddler leave a park or an open space without getting into a chase-tag situation
- Managing a 5 year old and being disappointed with her friends
- How to manage disturb sleep with a toddler
- Managing a toddler when getting them to a car seat or a stroller
- Helping a child get over a bad experience at his preschool
- Managing the nightmares of young children
- Changing children in the midst
- Making a decision around full or half day for a toddler and preschool
- How much responsibility do you give a first grader?
- Getting back into the sleep routine after a vacation
- How do you manage a strong willed child?
- How do you help a child learn to say hello?
- How to manage a traveling parent with a young child?
- Dealing with a toddler asking for connection when parents need to care for infant
- Dealing a with the "sass" of a 5 year old
- Managing the disruption of sleep due to daylight savings time "falling back"
- What is the correct way to praise and set boundaries with our children
- Helping a toddler on a plane
- Handling others responses to a child's beauty
- How many toys to put out for a toddler
- How to help the kids understand when a parent
- Handling a school age child when they won’t admit mistakes
- Handling a toddler who hits others and his sister
- Managing issues at school with friends
- Helping daughter come up
- How to help the older child deal with
- How to motivate your 8 year old
- Finding the right classroom for a preschooler
- Managing the homework struggle with a kindergartner
- Dealing with the classroom treasure box and disappointment from the kindergartner
- How to keep siblings from fighting over toys
- Helping a 3 year old manage drop off and nap time and possibly a bad fit with their teacher
- How to teach a young quiet 4 year old to say thank you and speak to adults
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A lot of families have the daily struggle of getting homework done. In this video you can get a quick and easy tip on making homework a productive event and not a damaging battle.
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A 5th grader asks if it's normal to feel something bad every day. In this video Lina answers their question and gives recommendations.
One of the most popular questions is "how do I deal with my picky eater?" This video gives you quick tips to help your child eat.
I cringed as my husband told my daughter that he would no longer help her order the next time we went to a restaurant. We have a hard and clean rule of not disagreeing in front of the children when one of us is setting a boundary, but in this situation I could not hold my tongue. I had never thought about it, but we disagreed about whether or not our children should order their own food at a restaurant.
I watched my daughter’s eyes swell up with tears and thought, “here it is, here is the day I have been dreading.” We spoke while I brushed her hair about an incident she had in her classroom. The students in her class have begun to point out how intelligent she is. They react to her with jokes spiced with sarcasm saying, “What’s the magic recipe for getting all the answers right?” This is not bullying. These are just kids reacting, noticing, moving through the markers of development. The ones speaking to her this way are defending themselves from embarrassment and fear of my daughter judging their mistakes or their perceived lack of knowledge compared to her. My daughter has begun to balance with how to be her authentic self: intelligent, curious, an avid reader and friend, with her need to remain in relationship with those around her.
Little people are just like big people. In this moment, my child was acting like a grown-up starting a new job. He was experiencing a kindergarten version of adult concerns: “What are these people going to be like? Will I like my boss? Am I going to be able to do the work?” In those moments it is important to take a moment and hold them and tell them that it is normal to be scared. Take that opportunity to
As a parenting and child development expert, I generally know how to handle these moments of rivalry, but as a parent I understand how excruciating and off putting they can feel. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time your siblings fight.
The most important point: if no one is bleeding,
The statistics and multiple negative outcomes of children that are disciplined with corporal punishment are well known to those who work with children. Children’s Trends, a research group, found that corporal punishment increases negative outcomes in adolescence like low academic achievement, alcohol and drug use, antisocial behavior. They also found that the older the age of the child, the greater the negative outcomes. So why do 70% of parents in the United States believe in spanking?