Posts about Discipline & Connecting


What To Do When Your Kid Says NO!

When I ask the question, “Why do toddlers and preschooler say no to us?” in talks and workshops, the answers I get tend to run along these lines: • They’re differentiating themselves from us. • They’re testing boundaries. • They’re expressing their individuality. As sensible as these answers sound, I’d like to suggest an alternative perspective that has the ability to … [Read more...]

Why Turning Requests Into a Game Is Not “Tricking” Your Child

When I ask the question, “Why do toddlers and preschooler say no to us?” in talks and workshops, the answers I get tend to run along these lines: They’re differentiating themselves from us. They’re testing boundaries. They’re expressing their individuality. As sensible as these answers sound, I’d like to suggest an alternative perspective (or mindset) that can … [Read more...]

The Unexpected Truth About Happy Kids

After thirty-seven years of research in parent-child interactions from birth to age three, parenting researcher Burton L. White, Ph.D. wrote, I have now concluded that helping a child acquire high level of intelligence and language is surprisingly easy to do in most instances. On the other hand, helping a child to become socially effective and a pleasure to live with has … [Read more...]

Regular Tantrums

Does every little thing seem to spark a tantrum or meltdown? Read on for ideas of what message they may be sending.  It may be different than what you think! Just like the body’s immune system, a relationship’s immune system can get out of balance.  This can be from stress, lack of sleep, over-commitment, lack of attention, or other factors. Our bodies “tell” us when we’re … [Read more...]

Correcting Hitting Behavior

Dear Miss Faith, My son is three and he still struggles with hitting and rough touching.  Mostly not being aggressive, it's like he doesn't realize that he's hurting people.  When we correct him, he often sticks his tongue out and makes a spitting sound, or runs and hides.  Sometimes he will stop but other times he just can't seem to stop.  Should I end the visit or leave the … [Read more...]

Silly Defiance

Dear Miss Faith, My 3.5yo son used to be very helpful,  but lately when I ask him to do things, he deliberately "misunderstands."  For example, if I ask him to bring me my purse, he'll look around and bring something else.  If I try to correct him, he just laughs and brings me something else again.  What's going on? Dear Mama, My experience is that when kids do something … [Read more...]

Biting from Excitement

Dear Miss Faith, I have an intense, energetic little boy who is almost 3. I just don't know what to do when we are playing with other children and he pushes a child down repeatedly, or bites or hits. It often co-incides with being hungry, thirsty, tired or needing a diaper change, but I usually try to be pro-active about those things and am surprised when my first sign is him … [Read more...]

19 Month Old Hits Dad!

Dear Miss Faith Recently our daughter has been hitting dad, blowing raspberries at him, and generally being disrespectful.  It seems totally random; she's often no upset and sometimes even laughs when she does it.  He reprimands her but it doesn't seem to make a difference, and it's really starting to upset my husband.  What do you think could be going on? Dear Mama, When … [Read more...]

Toddlers Swearing

Dear Miss Faith, My son is 2.5 and has started using abusive language (swearing). I have tried a lot of things…I have scolded him for this, I have tried to explain very calmly that these are wrong and bad words, but still no progress. He is in a play-group and his teacher has also complained about this. Please help.   Dear Mama, It can be both frustrating and … [Read more...]

Responding to Ridiculous Demands

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 5yo, 3yo and 1yo.  My challenge is with my 5yo, who sometimes wakes up whiney and just can’t seem to stop, often for 2 hrs or more.  When this happens, nothing is right. For example, this morning he didn’t want me using the muffin tin (said it was his), didn’t like the bowl he was given, wanted cereal after he’d chosen eggs, etc. etc.  Each problem … [Read more...]

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