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How Motherhood Makes You Smarter Part 1

Come on now, ladies. You all know you’re smart cookies. But did you know that you’re even smarter now that you’re a mom? Despite the fact that some days you feel like you’re losing your mind, motherhood is actually sharpening your intelligence. This week we’re telling you all about how motherhood makes you smarter!

You and your mom friends may jokingly refer to temporary brain malfunctions as “mommy brain” and you probably mean it in a less-than-flattering way. However, research indicates that “mommy brain” may actually have a positive impact on cognition. That certainly seems to be the case with aspects related to child rearing, but the implications beyond motherhood are also eye-opening. This theory was written about by journalist-turned-author Katherine Ellison in her aptly named book The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes us Smarter.

How Motherhood Makes You SmarterIn her book Ellison calls out five areas of intelligence where mothers excel based on neuro-scientific research: perception, efficiency, resilience, motivation and emotional intelligence. These categories cover sensory improvements, time-management, survival skills, research, networking, problem-solving, memory, risk-taking, creativity, prioritizing, multi-tasking and empathy, among other critical skills for mothers.

You may not realize you are improving these important life skills during motherhood, but you absolutely are. For example, the chores you may have had all of a Saturday to complete prior to having a baby now must be squeezed into one naptime – serious efficiency and motivation at work. Negotiating a two-year-old off the temper tantrum ledge takes a great deal of emotional intelligence and resilience. And networking about pediatricians, educational toys and nutritious recipes at your play group are all ways you use perception and motivation to ensure the well-being of your children.

Science backs up these claims as well. In a study done earlier this decade, mother rats showed higher mental capacity than rats without young. This was true in several fascinating iterations. First, mother rats were better able to complete mazes than non-mothers, indicating greater intelligence. They were more advanced at finding food once they had been trained where to find it, showing improved memory. Mother rats were also less stressed when faced with distressing situations such as nurturing and protecting multiple young or defending against potentially dangerous situations.

Longwood University biology professor Adam Franssen’s research shows that many of these cognitive changes are happening during pregnancy. The size of an expectant mom’s neurons is growing and new connections are being made while her baby is growing and developing in the womb. Franssen and others believe this is in preparation for being good mothers and the neurological changes improve a mother’s brain for her new role and beyond. Other research also cites that pregnant women become more perceptive at noticing their environments, from what they see, to what they smell and taste. These are also areas where moms-to-be are honing their skills to nurture and protect their babies.

The skills you acquire in motherhood are applicable in other areas of life, including the workplace, PTO, neighborhood associations, social committees, and daily interactions. The mommy resume should not be ignored when it comes to working hard, strategic thinking, creative solutions and managing multiple projects on deadlines. That’s basically what mothers are doing all day long, usually without being paid!

Additionally, mothers have newfound passion and motivation thanks to their new priorities. Accomplishments come in new forms and have new meaning. That’s not to say that dreams are forgotten, but moms find avenues to channel their goals in new and better ways.

These are only some of the ways motherhood makes you smarter. Later this week we’ll look more specifically at how breastfeeding makes you smarter. Stick around for more brain-boosting benefits of motherhood!

Sources: BabyCenter, Smithsonian, The Bump, The Alpha Parent and The Mommy Brain

Carotenemia in Babies

Many parents are shocked to discover their babies suddenly have an orangey tint to their skin, especially after starting solids. While the thought of your baby’s skin changing colors seems extreme, it is probably a condition called carotenemia that occurs when your baby consumes excessive carotene. Fortunately carotenemia in babies is not dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about carotenemia in babies:

Carotenemia in BabiesYour baby is exploring the many amazing flavors in his new diet that now includes solid foods. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent place to start solids and the more nutrient-rich the better. Many babies enjoy brightly colored foods not only for their dynamic taste, but also their beautiful hues.

Many fruits and vegetables contain the natural plant pigment carotene. There are different types of carotene, the most popular one being beta-carotene, which helps the body synthesize essential Vitamin A. When babies eat too much carotene – either in their own diet of solids or through their mother’s breast milk – they can develop carotenemia. This simply means that your baby’s blood carotene levels are elevated and may result in orangey discoloration to skin.

Carotenemia is not dangerous for babies, although it can be alarming for many parents. It usually appears near sweat glands such as on the nose, face, soles of the feet or palms of the hands. It can also present in the white part of the eyeball. Changes are usually more apparent in babies with fair skin.

Foods that contain carotene include fruits and vegetables of the orange and yellow variety like carrots, squash, pumpkin, egg yolks, and sweet potatoes. Other foods such as beans, spinach and kale also contain carotene. The darker or brighter the color, the more carotene the food has.  Absorption of the pigment is higher in cooked or pureed foods rich in carotene, which is one reason why carotenemia in babies is more common than in others.

Babies and toddlers may also go through phases of enjoying certain foods. Parents who want to please their little ones and are excited that they are enjoying healthy foods may serve a favorite carotene-rich food more often. This frequency can contribute to carotenemia.  A varied diet is important for health and to avoid carotenemia. Even breastfeeding mothers should ensure a diverse diet to avoid over-exposure to carotene.

The good news is that carotenemia is not harmful to your baby and will go away over time, especially as you diversify your baby’s diet. It does not lead to Vitamin A poisoning, which is associated with supplemental use of Vitamin A. There are, however, other medical conditions that could change your baby’s skin color so check with your pediatrician if you are concerned that your baby’s discoloration is anything other than carotenemia.

If you are sure your baby has carotenemia, embrace your orangey baby and know that he’s going to be just fine.

Sources: Wholesome Baby Food and LaLecheLeague

 

Limiting Screen Time for Kids and Parents

In our digital age, the amount of screen time your children get is a matter of health. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their guidelines for the amount of screen time recommended for various age groups. But get this: the direction comes with the advice for parents to limit their screen time as well. Here’s the scoop:

Limiting Screen Time for Kids and ParentsBetween browsing websites, online shopping, social media, gaming and general entertainment, screen time is on the rise for adults as much as kids. A recent survey showed that parents spend nearly 8 hours using digital media, much of which unrelated to their jobs. Surprisingly, despite the survey’s findings most parents say they are good role models for their children when it comes to limiting screen time.

It’s hard for children to understand screen time limitations when their own parents are addicted to digital media. The constant drone of a television set in the home, checking social media updates regularly, and taking phone calls during family time are all examples of poor media habits for families.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limited to no screen time for children under the age of six. Babies and toddlers should not have any exposure to digital media, including in the background, as it can be distracting and over-stimulating. Even during breastfeeding, babies should have their mother’s attention and eye contact to improve their health and confidence and strengthen the bond between mother and child.

The AAP sets a limit of one hour of screen time for children between two and five years old. This includes television, videos and computer games. Parents of children six and older should set their own limitations to digital media based on their child’s needs and the family’s situation and priorities. And of course children, tweens and teens should be monitored to ensure they are not exposed to inappropriate subject matters online. The only exclusion to screen time is that used for homework, including research, educational programming and academically focused learning websites.

Screen time should never come at the expense of other important activities productive to your child’s health and wellness.  Children need plenty of sleep and physical activity, neither of which should be interrupted due to digital media. Additionally, spending quality time together as a family during meals, playtime and beyond is essential for the emotional health and wellbeing of your kids.

Limiting screen time for kids is a critical parenting decision. It’s one that starts by being a good role model and continues by putting digital media rules in place to meet the needs of your entire family.

Sources: Huffington Post and CNN

 

 

Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solids

Signs Your Baby is Ready for SolidsFeeding your baby is one of the biggest responsibilities of new parenthood. Breastfeeding is also one of the most rewarding aspects of being a new mom. The effort, love and thoughtfulness you put into breastfeeding will surely continue once your baby is ready for solids.

Breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby for the first six months of her life and should continue once solids are introduced. But when exactly should that transition happen? It differs for every baby. Today we’re reviewing signs your baby is ready for solids.

Your Baby is at least 4 Months Old

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their guidelines for introducing solids to recommend beginning between four and size months depending on the baby’s readiness. But some pediatricians and breastfeeding experts still recommend exclusive breastfeeding until six months or more. One thing everyone can agree on is that solids are not appropriate for your baby’s body prior to four months of age regardless of other signs your baby is ready for solids.

Your Baby Can Sit Up with Support

Sitting up is an essential part of eating. If your baby can sit with back support without tipping to one side or flopping forwards, this is a sign of readiness. Some experts believe babies shouldn’t eat until they can sit independently without back support.

Your Baby Shows Interest in Food

Forcing food into your baby’s mouth before she is ready is not necessary, even if that’s well past six months. If your baby sees you and other family members eating and is interested in it, she’s more likely to want to try it herself. Babies that show no interest in others foods will probably not be successful eaters at that time because putting food in the mouth and chewing are mimicked motions for babies.

Your Baby Doesn’t have the Tongue Thrust Reflex

Babies are born with a reflex that causes their tongues to push things out of their mouths. This is called the Tongue Thrust Reflex. Feeding a baby who still has it will be frustrating for everyone. The Tongue Thrust Reflex usually goes away by around four months.

Your Baby is Working on the Pincer Grasp

Grasping food is imperative to your baby’s successful eating. She may not have it down perfectly at first, but she should at least be trying to grab items with her thumb and forefinger, which will be essential for picking up food and putting it her own mouth.

Your Baby Wants to Participate in Mealtimes

Family meals should be happy times of togetherness.  If your baby is ready to join the group and participate in the dining experience, she’s on her way to being ready for solid foods. Not every meal will be the most pleasant experience depending on your baby’s mood or what you are serving, but most should be good times for everyone.

Sources: KellyMom & CafeMom

The Best Valentine’s Day Dates for New Moms

Valentine’s Day dates for new moms may feel a bit different than the wining and dining of years past. Your family has grown and so has your love, not only for your baby but also for your significant other. You may not be jet-setting to a tropical location or drinking fancy wines this year but we’re sharing the best Valentine’s Day dates for new moms so you can feel the love like never before.

Check out our low-key, moderate and extravagant ideas for Valentine’s Day dates for new moms in each category:

The Foodie Experience

The Best Valentine’s Day Dates for New Moms1 – Make Dinner at Home: Cook up some love in your very own kitchen. Who cares what you cook or how it tastes. It’s really about being together.

2 – Take a Cooking Class: Add some skills to your repertoire while also enjoying a romantic experience. Let new flavors spice up your relationship

3 – Go to a New Trendy Restaurant: You know the one you’ve been dying to try but you haven’t had the chance because, well, you just had a baby? That one! Go there!

For the Love of Games

1 – Have Your Own Game Night: Dust off your old favorite board games or borrow new ones from friends. Let the fun and games get sexy as you up the competitive stakes.

2 – Go to an Indoor Play-space for Adults: They’re widely popular these days because adults deserve to have fun too! Look for ones with activities you enjoy like bowling, bumper or race cars, arcade games and obstacle courses.

3 – Think Outside the Box: Find an activity you wouldn’t normally do like a break-out game or paint ball. Even with a little one in the mix, you can make new memories together as a couple.

Entertainment Junkies

1 – Rent a Movie: Perhaps you do this for all of your date nights but if cuddling together while enjoying a movie is a tried and true favorite, don’t reinvent the wheel.

2 – Go to a Movie: Seeing a thrilling blockbuster on the big screen may be just what you need to get your heart pumping on Valentine’s Day.

3 – Watch a Play: Bump up the quality by seeing live theater. Consider dinner theater or a murder mystery interactive experience in addition to traditional plays.

The Art of Love

1 – Tackle a Home Project: Doesn’t sound too romantic but what better gift than completing a project together. Just make sure you have all the supplies you need and don’t try something that may cause tension.

2 – Visit a Museum: Check out a local art or history museum. This date can open your mind to new ideas and information while spending time together.

3 – Paint the Town: Take an art or dance class together and emerge with a new masterpiece or moves to show off at the party you attend.

Relax, Rejuvenate and Reconnect

1 – Chill: Your life has been turned upside down as you’re taking care of the needs of a new baby. Some chill time at home just talking or snuggling by a fire may be your best date night ever.

2 – Treat your Feet: Get a foot massage or pedicure together. Your guy may balk at the idea but we bet he’ll end up loving it, especially the part about getting to spend time with you.

3 – Pamper at a Spa: Get a sitter and spend a few hours at the spa. Sure, you may need to pump between your massage and facial, but the relaxation time is totally worth it.

Pump Up the Volume

1 – Go for a Walk: A romantic stroll (even with baby in tow) can be a fun date. Reminisce about happy times in your relationship and be sure to hold hands.

2 – Take an Exercise Class: Get your blood pumping in new ways by taking an energizing exercise class together. Even if the workout whoops you, you can commiserate together afterwards.

3 – Go Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding or Skating: You couldn’t do any of these things for 9 months while pregnant so go extreme and get active.

What Dogs Teach about Love

As a parent your job is to teach your children as much as possible. When it comes to love, you have a lot to offer and you’re showing it everyday with the care and compassion you show your kids. But you can get a little assistance from a four-legged family member too. As we’re gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re exploring what dogs teach about love, especially the lessons most relatable for children.

Love within a Family is Unconditional

What Dogs Teach about LoveYour family dog will pretty much love you no matter what. Even if life’s obligations cause you to neglect playing with him all day or if you scold him for chewing up the furniture, your dog will continue to love you unconditionally. That’s just the way love is in a family.

Love is Being Present Here and Now

Dogs live in the moment. They don’t understand “later” or “tomorrow.” They want to show their love all the time through kisses, cuddles and play. Humans often let life get in the way of being present in love but dogs do it beautifully.

Love Takes Time and Effort

Loving another being is not all roses. It takes time to get to know each other and there are daily responsibilities involved in caring for others. In the case of a dog, it entails, feeding, walking and cleaning. And your dog takes the time and effort to care for you as well. It’s a mutual loving relationship that can sometimes be hard work, but is always totally worth it.

Love is not Vain or Materialistic

Dogs don’t care if anything they have or you have is designer. They don’t care if you haven’t showered (in fact they may prefer it) and they aren’t bothered by your messy house. Dogs make the best of whatever situation they are in and they remember that love is about what’s on the inside, not the outside.

Love is Unending Friendship

Your family dog will be there whenever you need him, for the good times and the bad. Dogs celebrate birthdays, victories and new jobs; and they console losses, disappointments and fears. The warmth of a dog’s snuggle shows they are loving friends til the end.

Love is Protection

It’s quite remarkable how dogs, like parents, know how to protect their families. They warn you of threats, they keep you safe and they help you when you’re hurt. Their exceptional loyalty to your safety and wellbeing is an extraordinary act of love.

We are all Better with Love

When you feel loved, you simply feel better. Love conquers all they say, and in many ways it does. With love you feel more confident, secure and happy. You always know where you stand with your dog – in a place of love. And that just makes your family stronger and better.

These and many other lessons are what dogs teach about love. They are great for kids of all ages. And while you do your very best to teach your kids everything possible, sometimes the furriest family member can do it best. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sources: I heart dogs and Mind Body Green

Valentine’s Crafts: Show Love through Creativity

Valentine’s Crafts: Show Love through CreativityYou don’t have to be a super crafty mom to help your kids show love through creativity. As Valentine’s Day nears, this is a terrific time to plan a few Valentine’s crafts for your kids to get their creative juices flowing and talk about holiday themes including love, friendship, caring and respect.

Check out our ideas for Valentine’s crafts:

Printed with Love

Have you ever noticed that two upside down handprints make a heart? Coincidence? We don’t think so! Dip your kids’ paws in paint and let their hands print the love.

Eternal Love

Flowers fade and food spoils but stones last for ever. Tell your kids the meaning of eternal love and create a symbol of it by painting and decorating stones for Valentine’s Day.

Picture Perfect

Nothing is more treasured than memories of precious moments. Work with your kids to make Valentine’s picture frames using craft sticks, puzzle pieces or any other art supplies you have. The picture and frame will be a prized gift for a loved one.

What Dreams are Made Of

A heart-shaped dream catcher is a fun Valentine’s craft. Simply bend some wire into a heart shape and then twist yarn around it. Alternatively, cut a heart frame from cardboard or a paper plate and punch holes around the edges. Your kids can work on their fine motor skills by weaving yarn in-and-out of the holes.

Let the Games Begin

Two fun Valentine’s crafts can be turned into games. Spending time together playing games as a family is what the holiday of love is all about.

First, build your own tic-tac-toe board with lattice work paper strips. Cut out two colors of hearts for the players or go with traditional “x’s” and “o’s”, this time meaning kisses and hugs!

Another fun Valentine’s game is cupid’s arrow. Decorate and number 5 paper plates and then make an arrow from a straw and construction paper. Throw the arrow towards the plates and add up your points.

Tree of Love

Cut out many small to medium sized hearts for your children and ask them to list things they love. Write their answers on the hearts as tree leaves. Paste the leaves on a drawn tree trunk for a lovely loving tree.

Sign of Love

Trace and cut out your child’s hand. Then fold down the middle and index finger to form the sign for love. Paste the hand on a heart for a sign of love that requires no words.

Royal Valentine

Make a crown for each member of your family using construction paper. Everyone can decorate their own as their heart desires. On this special holiday, everyone is royalty.

Paper Hug

Send a hug with this cute Valentine’s craft. Cut out a large heart and long arms. Let your kids bend the arms back-and-forth before pasting to the heart. These outstretched arms make a super crafty hug!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Valentine’s Crafts: For the Love of Animals

Valentine’s Crafts: For the Love of AnimalsValentine’s crafts are a fun way to get into the spirit of love. Children learn through hands-on experiences and getting crafty is a terrific interactive activity to reinforce themes like love, compassion, kindness, caring and sharing. We’re helping you whip up some exciting art projects starting with Valentine’s crafts incorporating animals.

Owl – Hoooo Loves You?

This Valentine’s craft is a hoot! Start with one white paper plate for the body. Add red wings to the upper curves. Cut out two hearts of different sizes and paste the smaller one on the larger for the head. Draw a face. Finally add legs and upside-down hearts as feet. Write the quote in the center of the owl’s breast.

Butterfly – My Heart Flutters for You

Beautiful butterfly wings are fun for kids of all ages to decorate. Cut two hearts and overlap them at the tips. Add a long abdomen in the center and antennae at the top. Then let your kiddos fly away with their personal decorating touches.

Crab – A Pinch of Love for You

Who said crabs can’t be sweet? Cut one large red heart for the body and two smaller ones for the pincers. Adhere the pincers to the body with two long strips of red paper. Then add three shorter legs on each side of the heart towards the bottom. Finish it off with antennae and two white hearts as eyes. Write the line in the center of the heart and give your kiddo a love pinch.

Bear – I Love You Beary Much!

This one is beary cute: Cut out a bear face from brown construction paper or a brown paper bag. Let your child draw a face on it. Then cut a red heart and glue two front paws to the top and two hind paws to the bottom. Paste the head on the top and write the line in the heart. It’ll look grrrrrreat!

Ladybug – Love Bugs

Ladybugs naturally lend themselves to Valentine’s crafts because they are cute, red and shaped like hearts. There are many ways to make ladybug crafts but our favorite is using two hearts. Place one smaller pink heart atop one larger red heart. Add a round black face to the top along with antennae. Decorate with heart dots as you wish.

Dog – You’re So Dog-Gone Cute

Who can resist puppy love, especially when it’s made of hearts? Cut out a large heart and turn it upside down. Cut one medium black heart for the nose and paste it in the center just above where the heart bumps meet. Cut two small hearts for the eyes and glue them on towards the top of your upside-down heart. Stick two big floppy ears on the top and a cute pink tongue on the bottom. What an adorable pup!

Mice – Mice to Know You

This sweet treat Valentine’s craft is sure to delight and it’s super simple. Turn a Hershey’s kiss candy on it’s side. Glue mouse ears on the flat bottom edge and mouse feet underneath it. Then adhere small googly eyes around the halfway mark. Stick the candy craft to a piece of paper and draw a tail. And don’t forget to include the clever line as well.

We hope you and your kids enjoy these fun animal-loving Valentine’s crafts!

What is Dream Feeding?

You’ve probably noticed that your baby is amazing at guzzling down breast milk, even when he’s asleep! Some babies are so relaxed while nursing that they fall asleep at the breast. Others will start breastfeeding while sleeping and stay asleep the entire time. Dream feeding is one method to extend your baby’s night sleep and allow you to get a few extra hours of sleep as well. Here’s the scoop on dream feeding:

What is Dream Feeding?

What is Dream Feeding?

Dream feeding is when you feed your sleeping baby before you go to bed. Your baby will already be asleep but rather than wait for him to naturally wake for a feeding, with dream feeding you will nurse your baby right before your own bedtime. This may prolong the amount of time your baby sleeps.

The Pros of Dream Feeding

When your baby sleeps longer you will get more sleep time as well. For example, if your baby can sleep for a 7 hour stretch at night and you feed him for the last time at 7 p.m., he’ll be up by 2 a.m. to feed. But if you do a dream feeding at 10 or 11 p.m., your baby may sleep until 5 or 6 a.m. And that’s some great bonus sleep for you too!

Daddy can also do a dream feeding of pumped breast milk to allow you to go to bed earlier. This may mean daddy doesn’t have to wake in the middle of the night either, but rather do the dream feeding before he goes to bed.

Dream feeding may help your baby get into the pattern of sleeping through the night and for longer periods of time sooner. Even once your baby weans from the dream feeding, he may be able to stay asleep for the entire night based on this training.

The Cons of Dream Feeding

Dream feeding doesn’t work for all babies. First, some babies will still wake several hours later even if they were dream fed. If that happens continuously, dream feeding may not work for your baby.

Also, some babies refuse to eat during dream feedings because they are asleep. Newborns usually experience their deepest sleep early in the night so eating may not be on their agenda during that time.

Other babies will wake up during a dream feeding and be too stimulated to go back to sleep right away. This can be even worse if they are cranky from being woken up and/or they refuse to eat.

Additionally, dream feeding may backfire in terms of teaching your baby to sleep through the night. Some babies who are used to eating at a certain time will come to expect it and wake at that time on their own, even once you decide to terminate dream feedings.

What do you think? Is dream feeding heavenly for your baby?

Sources: KellyMom, BabySleepSite and BabyWiseMom

Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 3

We’re spreading the positive parenting vibes this week through our series on positive discipline techniques. If you missed them, check out parts 1 and 2 on our blog. Today we’re rounding out the series with the tips and tricks of positive discipline that can really make a difference in successfully using this method every day.

Tips & Tricks for Positive Discipline

  • Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 3Eye Contact: When you give direction, make eye contact with your child. If you’re multi-tasking or your child is busy at play, no one is taking the request seriously. Get acknowledgement that the direction was received as well.
  • State Directions, Don’t Ask: A question implies a choice but a statement is clear direction. This will help make expectations straight-forward for everyone.
  • Give Specific Direction: If you have an expectation, make known exactly what you mean. If you want your children to get ready for dinner say something like, “please clean up your toys, wash your hands and come help me set the table for dinner.” A simple, “let’s get ready for dinner,” may result in your kids rushing straight to the table without cleaning, washing or helping.
  • Redirect: Especially for the youngest members of your household, redirection can be a beautiful thing. If there is strife over something, offer a quick alternative or change the environment to break free from the conflict of the moment. Even just singing a song or doing a dance can snap everyone out of a foul mood.
  • Reminders are Helpful: Before going crazy about rule breaking, remind your child of the rules and consequences. This gentle push may be all your child needs to correct her own mistakes.
  • When/Then Statements: If your little one is refusing to follow directions, use a when/then statement such as “when you clean up your blocks, then we can go outside.”
  • Count: It’s an oldie but goodie and boy do kids love a challenge. Give your kids a countdown to when they are expected to do something. It’s amazing how kids spring into action when they hear your numbers.
  • Make Room for Choices: Let your kids have some control over their situation by giving them choices. But make sure all of the choices are acceptable to you as well before offering them.
  • Ask for Help: Kids often love helping so make them part of the solution. Tell them the problem you’ve been having with their behavior and ask for input on how to resolve it.
  • Let Natural Consequences Occur: Instead of doling out consequences yourself, let your children discover what happens if they don’t follow directions. If your child refuses to eat breakfast, they may be hungry mid-morning. If your child won’t wear a cold, she may be cold. These are teachable moments that won’t make you the bad guy.
  • Get a Little Silly: Sometimes you need to lighten the mood to nip behavioral problems. Make up a fun phrase for rules or directions, or have a funny way of getting your child’s attention so she’ll focus on your requests.
  • Don’t Overload Instructions: Break down your instructions into one or two easy parts at a time so what you are asking is manageable.
  • Respond and Move On: If a behavior problem calls for your most aggressive positive discipline tactics, talk it over with your child once everyone is calm. Then let it go and start fresh.

We hope you adopt some of these positive discipline techniques for a happier, calmer and more positive family experience!

Sources: Parents Magazine, PBS and Attachment Parenting

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