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Yelling at the top of your lungs….slamming doors. You’ve had enough. Your house is a wreck. Work is overwhelming, and your kids talk to you …
Imagine grocery shopping with your toddler. You head toward the checkout. Sweaty palms grip the grocery cart. Your heart is racing fast. You know what comes …
A popular activity that delivers mental and physical health benefits for both kids and adults, is yoga. There are a variety of joyful ways to practice yoga as a family, even to include using adorable goats.
Having a personal smart phone seems to have become somewhat of a rite of passage for most kids. Cell phones, with all their convenience, burst open the door to a child’s social connections, friendships, and access to all that can be found on the internet.
Have you experienced how people will cheerfully insert their uninvited parenting feedback into a conversation, without a care as to how it might affect you? Whether it’s your parents or your friends, they feel the need to tell you what you should be doing with your little ones, and how you should be doing it.
Let’s be real; kids push us to our breaking point. It happens. It might seem as though the only logical way to solve a situation is to start yelling. Personally, my throat was sore daily from yelling at my kids so often. It took my son’s eyes glazing over for me to notice yelling might not be working for me.
As we all know, words can sting. When we’re rushed, mad, or exhausted, it’s hard to always think of just the right positive parenting solution for our situation. We can’t expect ourselves to immediately have the perfect words to say every time our buttons get pushed. That said, if we allow certain damaging phrases to be part of our everyday vernacular, we aren’t taking into account the lingering hurtful effects they have on our child.
Kids have wants and needs just like all of us; however, they might use tactics that aren’t ideal for getting what they want. The easy answer is to give in to their pleading, whining, and negotiating, but is it really in their best interest to bend to these behaviors?