Saturday, July 03 2010
Last weekend, I saw a young woman wearing a T shirt with the caption "Hug It Out" and it got me thinking....hugs feel wonderful and are also a great tool for parents. When your child feels stuck, is frustrated, or just can't take it anymore, a big, secure hug from Mom or Dad can bring instant comfort. If your child has sensory integration issues, a bear hug can provide the deep input he or she seeks. Other playful ways to shift the mood in a positive direction include gentle wrestling, crashi...
Tuesday, November 13 2012
The Child’s Need for Independence Is as Strong as the Child’s Need for Love
The “terrible two’s,” “difficult” children who refuse to go with the flow, and parent-child “power struggles” are common parenting challenges that share a central theme. In each case, the child’s need for independence is clashing with the parent’s need for authority. Two-year-olds relish their newfound awareness of their individuality and preferences. They may protest decisions that do not meet with...
Monday, February 04 2013
The importance of play for children has been written and spoken about for many years. Play is a child’s work; it is how they learn and make sense of their world. Did you know play is also a powerful tool for relieving stress for both children and their adult caretakers? Lawrence Cohn, author of "Playful Parenting", suggests that play can be used to diffuse tension around highly charged situations.
Most parents have recurring patterns with their children which leave them frustrated and exh...