Responsive Parenting

Repeating yourself to a young child is rarely going to help them do as you say. Let’s imagine you’ve asked your toddler to stop hitting her brother and she doesn’t… you demand one more time with increased volume and annoyance in your tone, “I said stop hitting!”  This child of yours—who was showing with theContinue reading “Responsive Parenting”

Repairing Ruptures in Parent-Child Relationships

By Melissa Xuereb, Parent Coach at Parenting Takes Courage At the invitation of Sherry Yuan Hunter here at Sandwich Parenting, I will be writing a semi-regular blog about Empowered Parenting. This morning as the rain poured, Charlie, Olivia and I were leaving the house. Our car undercover was mostly surrounded by (attractive) puddles. The kidsContinue reading “Repairing Ruptures in Parent-Child Relationships”

Managing Triggers

One of the most frustrating things in the world is that explosion of rage when our kids (or partners, or friends, or colleagues) exhibit ‘undesirable’ behaviour. We THINK it’s because they are ‘behaving badly’ and that means that we need to work harder to CONTROL the situation. Then comes the shame and, for some, theContinue reading “Managing Triggers”

If I Were a Remote…

Our remote control had been missing for over a week. Yup. It’s not an easy thing to live without I must admit and it was gone.

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Prolific education and parenting author Alfie Kohn argues that there is a better way to parent than using rewards and punishments.