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“Good Job” is a Judgement

“Good Job” is a Judgement

“Good job isn’t a description. It’s a judgement. “- Alfie Kohn Often we tell kids, “Good job” because we want them to feel good about themselves and to know that we like whatever they just did. Even if it’s a positive judgement, it’s still a judgement....
Attention is a Vital Need

Attention is a Vital Need

“Meeting our child’s need for attention is like meeting a vital need such as food, water or sleep. “- Sarah Rosensweet If our child is acting out because they are hungry, we would never withhold food. If our child is acting out because they are tired, we...
Love for No Good Reason

Love for No Good Reason

“We ought to love children “for no good reason.” What counts is not that we believe we love them unconditionally, but that they feel loved in that way.” – Alfie Kohn What makes a child feel loved? A few ideas: Listening to them without multi-tasking...
Defiance isn’t a Discipline Problem

Defiance isn’t a Discipline Problem

“Defiance isn’t a discipline problem, it’s a relationship problem.” – Laura Markham Let that sink in for a minute… Yes, sometimes our kids just don’t want to brush their teeth or empty the dishwasher.  That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking...
Put Yourself on the To-Do List

Put Yourself on the To-Do List

“Put yourself on the to-do list. If mama’s not happy, no one’s happy!”- Sarah Rosensweet Frequently throughout the day: Stop and think, “What do I need right now?” Are you hungry? Tired? Thirsty? Are you breathing? Do you need to go to the bathroom? When...
The Power of Respect

The Power of Respect

“Respecting a child teaches them that even the smallest, most powerless, most vulnerable person is worthy of respect. And that is a lesson our world desperately needs to learn.”- L.R. Knost What does it mean to respect a child?  Listen to them. Ask their...