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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Interrupt a Toddler’s Tantrum With This Script

Interrupt a Toddler’s Tantrum With This Script

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Photo: Natal.is (Shutterstock)If you have a toddler, and that toddler has tantrums, you know there is no surefire way to snap them out of it every time. A toddler tantrum is the world’s purest form of frustration release, and logic has no place in these animalistic emotional displays. However, once in a while, a parent…
For Your Own Kids, Recreate the ‘Feelings Chart’ From Your Childhood

For Your Own Kids, Recreate the ‘Feelings Chart’ From Your Childhood

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik WalbertWe’ve all got a lot of big feelings right now, what with *gestures around.* It can be challenging for even the most self-aware among us to pinpoint how we’re feeling from moment to moment. It’s even harder for our kids, who are still learning to put words to all their big feelings.It’s…
Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mom Shaming’

Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mom Shaming’

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Photo: Elizaveta Lavrik (Shutterstock)I became a mom about a decade ago, during the time of the so-called “Mommy Wars,” when parenting bloggers—the vast majority of which were women—often used their social media platforms to promote their style of parenting. During this time, women felt pressed to find their “tribe.” Their exclusive breastfeeding tribe, their working…
Teach Kids About Fairness vs Equity With the Band-Aid Lesson

Teach Kids About Fairness vs Equity With the Band-Aid Lesson

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Photo: Purino (Shutterstock)Kids have a tendency to think that “fair” means “equal.” An older sibling having a later bedtime isn’t fair; one child having a rough day and receiving special one-on-one time with a parent isn’t fair. But there’s a trick elementary teachers use to teach kids the difference between fairness and equity, and it’s…
6 Strategies for Managing After-School Meltdowns

6 Strategies for Managing After-School Meltdowns

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Photo: Aliaksandr Bukatsich (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.Back-to-school is traditionally a stressful and trying time for kids. They just spent an entire summer (plus those…
Be Your Child’s Emotional Coach

Be Your Child’s Emotional Coach

Photo: ShutterstockEmotions, they are running high right now. We’re living in a time of fear and sadness and anger, grieving the loss of normalcy in our day-to-day lives as the pandemic has redefined normal. The circumstances are challenging for the calmest and most resilient among us, let alone for our kids, who are still learning…
Is Your Kid Acting Out, or Just Sad?

Is Your Kid Acting Out, or Just Sad?

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It sounds like yet another sibling argument. Or stomping feet followed by a slammed door. It sounds like loud voices and defiance or those two particularly whiny words parents everywhere love: I’m bored. It sounds like a lot of different things, but what it actually might be is sadness. It’s not surprising that our kids…
Your Kids Are Learning Tons of ‘Soft Skills’ Right Now

Your Kids Are Learning Tons of ‘Soft Skills’ Right Now

Photo: ShutterstockWhen my son asked me to assist him with his third-grade math yesterday afternoon, my first instinct was to back slowly out of the room. Me and math, we have a strained relationship. But it turned out that he could do the math; it was the damn program on his Chromebook that wasn’t cooperating…
What to Do When Your Teen Hates You

What to Do When Your Teen Hates You

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Photo: ShutterstockYou knew it was coming eventually, now, suddenly, your child is a teen, and everything about you is annoying or embarrassing—the shirt you’re wearing, the way you walk, the questions you ask, the gifts you buy, the pace at which you spread cream cheese on your bagel. The kid can’t stand being around you.…
Confirm Your Teenager’s Outbursts as You Would a Young child’s

Confirm Your Teenager’s Outbursts as You Would a Young child’s

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Parents learn pretty early on that overreacting to a child’s negative experience can make things worse. That’s why when they fall and skin their knee as toddlers, we keep the expression on our faces neutral and say, “It’s okay! You’re okay!” We are their barometer for how bad things are, and when they see that…

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