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.
- 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
- How to get my 5 year old out of my bed at night?
- Helping a 7 year old give away a toy to charity
- Handling the judgment of others when your child
- How manage a 4 year old procrastinating
- Managing homework with a kindergartner
- Feeling and handling twins who have a hard time sharing mommy
- Getting back to routine after having baby #2
- How to handle fears in children
- How to handle a traveling parent and routine in children
- Helping toddler sleep alone, again
- How to handle stranger danger with a preschooler
- Helping your toddler deal with a friend that's a biter
- Dealing with a Kindergartner who acts like a "know it all"
- Questions about potty for 2.8 year old
- How to help a 4 year old go to bed alone
- Helping a 5 year old transition to school
- Handling a 5 year old fears
- When all things go wrong how do we handle the mistakes we make with our children
- How to say good bye to grandparents after they have been with the family for awhile
- Handling sibling rivalry in the car
- What are the pros/cons of a pacifier
- What does inconsistency with caregivers create for toddler
- What to do with nightmare and night terrors
- How to help our a preschooler stop sucking their thumb
- Handling the 7 year old who has a hard time following direction
- How to help a 3 year old to learn to say sorry
- How to handle the comparison from older sibling to younger sibling
- Twins one follows direction - the other does not do as well
- How to parent as a team - dealing with differing parenting styles
- Handling brushing teeth and hair with under 4 year old’s
- Dealing with sibling's asking for one parent for bedtime
- How to handle routines/rules with a leader preschool
- Handling when your preschooler always wants to be first ALWAYS
- What happens when children respond differently to each parent
- Getting on the same page with between parents
- Handling the topic of death
- Remembering the amount of tantrums a toddler/preschooler has and handling the 3 year old tantrum
- Managing when school age kids speak in "sassy" disrespectful ways
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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?