Potty Learning Power Struggles: Being a Good Coach

Parenting Skills
Toddlers

Learning to use the potty can be a frustrating experience for both child and parent.  The child may want to succeed, but the process can be delayed by a variety of developmental and environmental factors. One of the best ways to support your child as they learn to master this developmental step is to be a good coach.  Potty learning is a new skill.  Parents have to remember what it’s like to learn something new: an instrument, a second language, a new sport.  New skills develop over time, with the encouragement and support of a great teacher. Lets look at… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on August 20, 2012

Bullying: What Parents Need to Know

Bullying Prevention

Over the last few years, media attention on bullying has dramatically increased, highlighting some of the most severe cases, including those leading to the suicide of youth who were targets of physical, relational, and online bullying (cyberbullying).  Understandably, parents are concerned about the impact of bullying on their children’s well-being. As in most matters, knowledge is power, giving you the perspective and tools you need to help your child be healthy and safe. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bullying:   1.   What is (and isn’t) bullying? Bullying is conscious, willful, repeated, and deliberately hurtful acts intended to… Continue Reading


Posted by Holly Pedersen on August 13, 2012

Parental Preference

Parenting Skills
Temperaments

It is common for young children to prefer one parent to the other. This preference can be attributed to a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental, including temperament similarities between parent and child, spending more time with one parent, or big events going on in the family, such as the birth of a new sibling. It can also be about a child’s need to test whether or not he has control over who takes care of him and gives him attention. Temperament similarities can be both beneficial and challenging for the parent-child relationship.  For example, an introverted parent and… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on August 6, 2012

Kids Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

Parenting Skills

There’s no shortage of media outlets warning parents that what they’re doing is wrong. From provocative magazine covers espousing the dangers of attachment parenting to newspaper coverage of psychopathic 9-year olds, mainstream media profits from parental fear and self-doubt. What’s missing from these water-cooler discussions is the basic fact that kids don’t come with instruction manuals. Parenting is a life-long process: an art, a learned skill, and a science. The early years are the laboratory years. Which parenting tools work with your particular child? Does she share your worldview, or does she think like your mom-in-law? Why did my first… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on July 10, 2012

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