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Encouraging Kids to Solve Problems – Another Example

This morning I was working at my computer in my basement office. It just so happens that the office doubles as a play area for the kids. My youngest daughter was playing with her toys in the nook that we setup for them. I was busy working away on some new material for parent training. […]

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Parenting, Helicopters and Ostriches

Have you ever heard the expression “helicopter parent”? I’m sure many of you have. But in case you haven’t heard the phrase, it was coined in a book called Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster. W. Cline M.D. and Jim Fay, back in 1990. Helicopter parents are parents who hover continuously around their kids, […]

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First Day of School and the Happy Snappy Drop off

Photo Credit: Sean Lancaster As I write this it is one week until my youngest daughter starts Junior Kindergarten. It will be the first time we drop her off at a “big school”, rather than the preschool that she attended for the last two years. It got me thinking that a lot of parents are […]

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Learning from a Lemonade Stand

Photo Credit: EvinDC / Flickr (Creative Commons) Today my two daughters decided that they were going to setup a lemonade stand at the end of the driveway. The oldest (now 6) made up a very cute sign complete with a sketch of a lemonade pitcher, colored in with her Crayola pencils. The youngest (4) helped […]

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Understanding child motivation (my first vacation post from France)

This summer my wife and I took the family to the south of France for an extended vacation. I’ve truly been in vacation mode, so sorry about not posting much to the Talking to Toddlers blog in the last few weeks. We’ve been going to the beach a lot. The other day something happened that […]

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Do You Ever Find Yourself Stuck in a Negative Parenting Mindset?

Hi everyone, This weekend I was walking my daughter to a birthday party down the street. As I was walking her to the party I caught myself in a highly unproductive and negative mindset. I’m not perfect, BTW. I may have great ideas about parenting but we ALL get caught up in negative mindsets sometimes. […]

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Good vs. Bad Shows: Choosing TV Shows for Kids

Do you worry that your child watches too much TV? Obviously there is such a thing as too much TV, but this article is about something more important. It’s about choosing the right kind of TV shows for your kids. I believe that watching too much TV is less damaging to a child than watching […]

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A Reframing Solution for Toddlers Afraid of the Bath

Today I got a great email from a close friend of mine. He has a 3 year old son named Thomas who somehow developed a very intense fear of the bath. He would literally freak out when it was bath time and the parents, my friends, were struggling to find a solution. It was stressing […]

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Influencing Kids to Make Good Choices: A Simple Example from Our Road Trip

I‘m writing this blog post on Good Friday, from the passenger seat in our family car. My wife is doing the driving as we head to Montreal for the long weekend. That’s where my parents live. My kids are in the back seat playing Polly Pockets. I’ll probably find little pieces of their toys for […]

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The Sad Four Year Old and How I Overcame a Common Problem

As I write this today, I’m sitting at home on the couch beside my four year old daughter. We’re wrapping up a pretty fun day for her, and it all started this morning at preschool. But just as we were leaving school, she almost had a little meltdown. Thankfully I saw it coming and managed […]

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