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It can be tricky balancing consent—letting your child have control over what happens to them—with things that are just plain necessary, like going to school. 💭 So how should you respond to kids when they say, “I hate school!” that respects their feelings, while still letting them know that school’s not optional? 📚 Check out our chart—which of these sounds like something you would say?
All children lie. In fact, it’s normal part of their development - be it to escape punishment or to impress their friends. That doesn’t mean you should let it slide! Here are some ways to begin teaching your child about honesty at a young age 💪🏻 #sgmummies #sgmoms #sgmummy #parenting #parentingtips #sgparents #sgparenting #motherhood #teachkids
There are things you can do beforehand to help prevent a tantrum, like: 🍽 💤 making sure kids are well fed and rested 🌈 having an age-appropriate activity on hand for them to do while you’re out 🎯 and calmly reviewing expectations *before* it’s time to leave a fun place. ⚡ But every parent knows that no matter how prepared you think you are, sometimes your kid is in a bad mood, you have no choice but to cut into naptime for an important errand, etc.and drama is going to happen no matter what.
These are called Emotion Response Styles. 1️⃣ Dismissive: In this approach, parents tend to ignore emotions and try to distract kids when they're experiencing distress. They may believe their child has nothing to be sad/mad about and tell their children to "look on the bright side," "don't dwell on it," or "put on a happy face." Displays of emotion are downplayed. 2️⃣ Disapproving: This is when parents criticize or punish sadness, anger and anxiety, even if there is no misbehavior.
So what could meeting fiber goals actually look like? Here’s one example, but it could look totally different for your child. You have to find out for yourself…. ✅Current fiber intake ✅Fiber goals for your child’s age ✅How much (if any) is missing ✅Foods (they will actually eat) to swap in to give a boost (if needed) The Nutrients to Watch for Picky Eaters course covers all this for fiber AND 7 other key nutrients for kids!
🧒 Talk about 'safe vs unsafe touch' or 'safe vs unsafe secrets' 🧒 Talk about the anatomically correct names for genitals. For example, you could work together to adapt the heads, shoulders, knees and toes song into anatomically correct names you might typically avoid like 🎶 head, vulva, knees and toes, knees and toes 🎶 For older kids: 🧑 Setting boundaries with their friends around spending time together, how much personal information they talk about with each other
It’s clear that feeding kids takes up a lot of brain space on a good day. Add a picky eater to the mix and it basically takes over! 😩 You always imagined that family meals would be joyful! ✨Then, real life happened.✨ Your child has preferences. You can’t make them eat (without tears)! Feeding is filled with worry. You really wanted this to be a phase, but that’s not looking like the case.
One thing we can do to prevent this is to make sure we’re consistently putting money in the bank. Here are some easy ways to deposit emotional currency that you can do throughout your day. ❤️ Tell them something you love about them ❤️ Be silly with them ❤️ Give a compliment ❤️ Stop + listen when they make a bid for attention ❤️ Play together uninterrupted
Gottman’s research suggests the emotion coaching style is beneficial for kids. So how do we do this? 1️⃣ Be aware of your child’s emotions and your own 2️⃣ View emotions as an opportunity to learn and grow 3️⃣ Listen to and validate your child 4️⃣ Assist your child in labeling their emotions to expand their vocabulary 5️⃣ Set limits while assisting with problem solving
Parenting is one of the hardest things most of us will ever do! So when a parent, especially a new parent, expresses that some aspect of parenting is hard (sleep, feeding, behavior), what they need is validation. Understanding. An offer to help. What they don’t need is minimizing, unhelpful solutions, or comparisons. Now, I’m sure we’ve all responded in less than helpful ways in the past.
✨How full a child's self regulation pitcher is depends on things such as age, developmental differences (e.g., ADHD), and life experiences (e.g., trauma). How much is in a parent's pitcher depends on a variety of things as well such as parent mental health and environmental supports (e.g., poverty and chronic stress). 👦 As a child learns to calm their inner storms ⛈ (or tsunamis 🌊 for some kids!!), less caregiver co-regulation is needed.
🛑DO NOT take the bait when told that saying "if you don't finish your chores, then we will not have time to watch our show tonight" is a damaging "threat". This is just not true. All top evidence-based programs include strategies for setting limits, including warnings for logical consequences. However, it is important to distinguish between an empty threat and a helpful warning. One of the key differences is that the rules and reasons behind helpful warnings are known and understood.
When kids feel worried, anxious or nervous, it can be hard to know what to say!! Our instinct is reassurance or dismissing. “There’s no need to be worried, sweetie!” “It’s not scary. Just try it! You’ll see!” “No one is going to make fun of you, promise!” Sometimes this type of reassurance works…. in the short term. But it doesn’t allow kids to really learn how to cope with anxiety.