Sunday, June 24, 2012

Labels Limit A Child. Guest Post And Giveaway!

Sarah's book is well laid out and easy
to read, which is especially helpful
when you need some quick ideas!
Recently I was asked to check out a new, award-winning parenting book called What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young ChildrenThis book is short and very easy to read, with many excellent examples and I love that it includes children's book suggestions as a way to work through some of the thorniest issues. 

After reading it, I was glad to see that the author, Sarah McLaughlin, and I were very much on the same page about many things including helping children express their emotions, alternatives to shaming children as a way to change their behavior and avoiding label children.

Sarah has very kindly offered a guest post on labeling which is excerpted and adapted from What Not To Say, as well as an opportunity to win a great giveaway!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Increasing The Sibling Bond: Creating Lifelong Friends

Having children who are each other's best
friend is often the hope of many parents. 
The other day I took my daughter to buy a replacement for a necklace she lost. She found one of those "Best Friends" necklaces where you give another person an identical necklace with a charm of half a heart and you wear the other half. 

She talked for a while about which of her girlfriends she should give the other half to. We discussed what it means to be a best friend and how she thought she could tell who her closest friend was. She was quiet for a while, thinking, and then she turned to me and said, "I'm going to give it to my brother. He really is my best friend".

I wish I could say that's what I expected from her. I actually was really moved by her gesture and when he agreed to wear it to school the next day I almost cried. From the day my children were born there is almost nothing I have worked harder at than creating an environment in which the two of them could grow up to be friends.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sibling Conflicts: Guest Post Solutions From Becky Eanes

Becky Eanes' wonderful blog page.
Definitely worth checking out.
Somewhere along my parenting journey I found a wonderful blog called Positive Parenting which was so full of great, straightforward advice that it caught my attention and I stayed and read article after article and followed post after post on her extremely popular Facebook page. I've learned a lot from Becky Eanes, the author of that blog. 

One of the things I love about Becky is that she doesn't hold herself up to be more of an expert than you or I. But she reads and researches a ton and is passionate about positive parenting. She's terrifically smart and writes blog posts that offer great insight into many of our most difficult child raising issues. I was very excited that she agreed to take part in this guest post series and answer another reader question about sibling conflicts. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sibling Conflicts: Guest Post Solutions From Lisa Sunbury

After my teleseminar on improving sibling relationships the other week, I got quite a lot of emails from parents who wanted to dig deeper into their children's behaviors. I thought it would be interesting and helpful to ask some of my favorite bloggers and parenting experts to offer their thoughts on a few of the questions that seemed to have some universal themes. My hope is that by answering publicly, that we can not only offer some helpful advice, but also show that those of us working through sibling conflict aren't alone in our struggle.

Lisa Sunbury, a generous and insightful parenting expert.
The first question is being answered by Lisa Sunbury who has more than 20 years of experience teaching and caring for young children. She holds a masters degree in Early Childhood Education, was trained as a RIE associate by the founder of RIE, Magda Gerber, has worked for many years both as a nanny and an infant/toddler teacher and now also teaches RIE parent/infant education classes in Northern California where she lives. Additionally, Lisa writes the thoughtful and inspiring blog, Regarding Baby, through which she and I first got to know each other. I was thrilled when she agreed to answer the first reader question.
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