Category - Discipline & Behavior

Coping with Young Kids Who Rage

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Yep, I used the word ‘rage.’ You know exactly what I mean if you have a young child who has trouble handling their strong emotions and ends up screaming, melting down, and hitting you, your partner, your nanny or caregiver, or, most mortifying of all, grandma. Children who explode with anger can be aggressive and very difficult to manage, which is often distressing and scary for parents. Once the anger dissipates and children calm down, they might be remorseful, snuggly, sad, or just go back to playing as if nothing happened. It’s often this wild roller coaster of emotions that can drain… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on June 28, 2017

The Struggle for Control: Who’s in Charge Here?

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Do you have a master negotiator at home—a child who likes to control every conversation and tries to change the rules to suit his needs? If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of frequent, exhausting parent-child power struggles. Kids who crave control may fight parents on everything: daily routines, food choices, play dates, and more. They may be rigid thinkers who expect that everyone will conform to their rules, ideas, and plans.  If you give such children a choice between A and B, they will most likely choose option C. They can be quite creative, intense, and persistent!… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on May 25, 2017

How to Manage Aggression in Children

Discipline & Behavior

You’re sitting relaxing for a few minutes before getting ready to make dinner, and you hear yelling echoing from the back of the house. You tear back there to find your child in what looks like a brawl with a friend. Once separated you proceed to yell back in order to make clear your disapproval. Sound familiar? Parents, teachers, and after school staff often feel as though the aggression they see surging from their children is always pure and simple in response to being mad. This may, in fact, be true some of the time. But, not always, and your… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on March 13, 2017

WE CAN WORK IT OUT! 6 Steps to Help Children Resolve Conflicts and Solve Problems

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Conflict resolution and problem solving are two of the most important skills we can teach our children. Think about it … Being able to work out a problem with a peer and come to a reasonable resolution is something that helps us in work and personal relationships throughout our lives. Here are few tips to help you teach problem solving skills with children starting as young as three years old. Taking a little time to follow these steps will translate into much less time bickering and fighting and more time to do the fun things. Not only that, but you… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on February 7, 2017

11 Tips for Handling Your Child’s Anger

Adoption/Post-Adoption
Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

“Do not teach your children never to be angry. Teach them how to be angry.” Wise words from theologian and author, Lyman Abbott (1835-1922) How do we as parents support our child’s difficult feelings of anger while also taking care of ourselves? Author, mom, and parenting coach, Barbara Joy, has some great tips! Validate and help your child name their feelings: “I can see how angry you are. Would you like to tell me about it? Or, “You’re angry because …”  Reflect what you think your child is feeling. Help to set boundaries around inappropriate expressions of anger, and explain appropriate… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on February 6, 2017

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