Please, Thank you and What Really Matters

by Nicholeon April 15,2014 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineGrowthParenthood

  You know the drill. A well-intended adult dangling a desired object just out of your child’s grasp, and with a flash of a smile and saccharin-sweet voice, “Now what’s the magic word?”  If the magic is word is offered up quickly,  situations like these are relatively painless, but they also leave the impression of […]

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How Focusing On the Positive Shifted Our Experience of Discipline

by Rachel Thomason September 04,2013 in DisciplineFamily JourneyGrowthLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Over the years of raising six children, my spouse and I have learned a very important aspect of caring for them: positive reinforcement works much better than disciplinary actions. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our fair share of having to lay down the law when situations called for such. However, we noticed a profound […]

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Weapons, and Violence, and Kids, Oh My!

by Jillon November 08,2011 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineFamily JourneyGrowth

    Weapons, violence, and kids are touchy subjects these days and it’s understandable that in our world today people are concerned about kids being violent and growing up to be violent adults. The media tells us that crime levels and violence continue to rise and toy weapons and television get a lot of blame, […]

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All Feelings Are Valid

by Jillon September 18,2011 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineFamily Journey

All feelings are valid. This seems like an obvious statement, but in our busy lives as parents it’s easy to forget to respect our children’s feelings. As a mom of four young children I know how outbursts can seem out of control. Kids emotions can be loud, messy and hard to handle! Instead of trying […]

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Positive Parenting: Discipline versus Guidance

by Abbyon August 28,2011 in DisciplineFamily JourneyParenthood

As parents we all joke about the elusive “manual” that should accompany the birth of all children in this world. However, in all honesty, any manual would (based off my experience!) be basically useless. In less than ten seconds after the birth of my son I quickly realized two things: 1)      Any amount of instruction […]

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