Positive Discipline

Teach your child not to interrupt in one simple step

Mom, mom, mom… How many times did you child try to ask you something when you were talking to someone? I bet, many! How to teach children to wait and not interrupt, but to show them that you know that they want to ask something? We loved the article by Kate Gribble on www.aneverydaystory.com about how to teach [...]

Sleep Trainer shares her view on Cry It Out Loud method as a professional and as a mother

Thanks to SleepbyConnection for sharing this wonderful personal insight in our Sleep Training discussion (see “Crying it out” may damage baby’s brain and Cute parenting technique or child abuse?) As a retired sleep trainer and now a sleep deprived mother, my knowledge of the brain, years of sleep training, years of working with all kinds [...]

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky A. Bailey

Aha, another terrific book on positive discipline. I thought, that if you read one good book, you’d be as good as it gets. Apparently not: I still often feel the urge for a good old fashioned yelling, stomping my feet and loosing my patience. I try to avoid all of the above. Yelling feels good… [...]

Early spankings make for aggressive toddlers. Study results

Spanking – this is a highly debated issue. Some believe a good swap on the butt can’t do any damage. Some believe that the damage can be quite substantial. The study is published in the September/October issue of Child Development is analyzing if the spanking one year olds can result in a more aggressive behavior [...]

Pushy or encouraging? Parenting styles

I really like the definition of “pushiness” vs. “encouragement” in Mary Sheedy Kurcinka “How to raise a spirited child”: pushiness makes us feel bad and manipulated, while encouragement makes us feel good about ourselves and empowered. I do believe that a parent who is sensitive to the feelings and needs of his kid, can find [...]

Kids and power struggles. Parents’ resources.

There are two new books that were recommended for raising spirited, strong willed children or just learning the skill of avoiding/resolving power struggles by using positive methods instead of shame and punishment: Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation, by Becky A. Bailey. Raising Your Spirited Child [...]