Archives for April 2012

Listening and Talking to Your Child Effectively — It Can Make a Diffference

“With effective listening and talking, many parenting issues never become problems in the first place.”

Mastering how to effectively talk and listen to your child can truly make your parenting journey smoother and more pleasurable. It also teaches your child valuable communication skills that they can use with their siblings, peers, other family members, and other individuals in their lives.

In the Parenting Tip of the Week titled, How to Talk, How to Listen author Shari Steelsmith gives “two gold-standard tools to help us communicate better”, I-Statements and Active Listening. These two tools alone can help all parents and children communicate effectively and therefore tame parent-child conflict.

For details on I-Statements and Active Listening check out the link above brought to you by parentingpress.com.

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Taming the Tantrum

Most young children have tantrums. They can be mild or intense depending on the child’s temperament. In either case, it is our job as parents or care givers to help them recognize and cope with this intense feeling. How do we accomplish this? This two-page downloadable:

  • explains how adults can acknowledge a child’s anger
  • outlines what kids need to know before they can be expected to manage this feeling
  • describes calming techniques parents can model for children
  • recommends way to teach kids coping skills before there’s a crisis

Check out the link to the two-page “Qwik Sheet” titled: Helping Kids Deal With Tantrums brought to you by www.parentingpress.com.

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Feeding Your Child: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

“Feeding is one of a parent’s most important jobs. It is how we help our children grow healthy and strong. But mealtimes are about much more than food. Meal and snack times give you a chance to help your baby or toddler”:
• Learn healthy eating habits
• Feel important and loved
• Feel understood and respected
• Trust that others will care for her
• Feel good about her body

For great tips on how to help your child become a healthy eater check out the link to the handout Healthy From the Start: How feeding nurtures your young child’s body, heart, and mind, brought to you by Zero-to-Three, National Center for Infants and Toddlers.

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Off to a Great Start

“Feeding is one of a parent’s most important jobs. It is how we help our children grow healthy and strong. But mealtimes are about much more than food” As noted in the brochure titled, Healthy From the Start: How feeding nurtures your young child’s body, heart and mind, feeding your child helps your baby:

  •  Learn healthy eating habits
  •  Feel important and loved
  •  Feel understood and respected
  •  Trust that others will care for her
  •  Feel good about her body

For more detailed information and tips on how to maximize the benefits of meal and snack times check out the link to the brochure above, brought to you by zerotothree.com.

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Show and Tell: Teaching Values to Children

In last week’s post I encouraged parents to take a look at how our parenting actions reflect our values. In oher words, what values SHOW through your actions? What did you find out after taking the quiz? Do your values typically show in the things you do as a parent?

This week I would like to explore the things we can do to teach our children values. In other words, what can we TELL our children about values? In her article How Children Acquire Values author, Shari Steelsmith explains, “if a certain attribute is not part of your child’s temperament, you will have to deliberately teach that value”. The article continues by outlining specific things to do to teach values to children such as:

*write down your plan for teaching a particular value to your child.

*name a value of yours that your child needs information or skills to be able to display.

*write down your plan for helping your child learn what he or she needs.

For more details about teaching values to your child check out the link above brought to you by ParentingPress.com.

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