Elementary Kids: Competent and Capable As They Explore

Elementary Kids: Competent and Capable As They Explore

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting
Our children are capable, competent beings from birth. Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. This continuing series at Positive Parenting Connection will be covering the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood. If you missed them: Part I Babies  Part II Toddlers Part III Preschoolers. This is part IV: Elementary kids! Busy, busy, busy. Their world opens up and their capable, competent selves settle into a wonderful rhythm.   Your elementary child is ready to: ~ Conquer all forms of game playing! Board games,…
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Preschoolers: Competent & Capable as They Discover

Preschoolers: Competent & Capable as They Discover

Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Our children are capable, competent beings from birth. Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. This continuing series at Positive Parenting Connection will be covering the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood. Part one was about Babies, Part two Toddlers. This is part three: Preschoolers Threes, fours, and fives—wow. The growth in these years is astounding and due to this we are often caught trying to catch up with just how capable and competent they are. Preschoolers can: • Use their imagination and…
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Toddlers: Competent & Capable As They Grow

Toddlers: Competent & Capable As They Grow

Help By Age & Stage, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Our children are capable, competent beings from birth. Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. This continuing series at Positive Parenting Connection will be covering the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood. Part one was about Babies. Part II:  Toddlers! Oh what an astounding age. If we are slow on the uptake of increasing their opportunities to show how in charge and capable they can be, they will remind us. Over and over and over again until we get it right. The key? Including…
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Babies: Competent & Capable from Birth

Babies: Competent & Capable from Birth

Help By Age & Stage
Our children are capable, competent beings from birth. Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. Isn?t this just what our parenting journey is all about? Growing an adult ready and able to live well? Just what does capable and competent look like through the ages? This new series at positive parenting connection will be covering the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood! Part I:  Babies! Such amazingly capable little souls. It is easy to think we have to do it all for…
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The Power of Pause

The Power of Pause

Family Communication, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting
Transforming Relationships One Pause at a Time My eldest daughter has been a great teacher for me—I like to refer to her as my “practice child,” for her younger sister has reaped the benefits of all that I?ve learned from her. My greatest lesson? The power of pause. It seems to me this is the baseline for growing positive, respectful, all around healthy relationships with our children…and it took my child to bring it to my attention. I admit, I am still working on on developing this skill—it is difficult, and the results can be amazing—often transformational. As Emily entered the teen years, our altercations ramped up. One particular time stands out as a turning point in my awareness of the value of pausing. Emily wanted something and I was…
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Quick Tips for Positive Parenting Children Through Big Feelings & Out of Bounds Behaviors

Quick Tips for Positive Parenting Children Through Big Feelings & Out of Bounds Behaviors

Parenting
 In this post, Alice Hanscam, PCI Certified Parent Coach® is sharing some quick tips and ideas for staying positive when faced with big feelings like tantrums, name calling, aggression and some of the advantages of gentle guidance and changing our mindset from fixing to seeing opportunities for growth. What do ‘big feelings’ and out-of-bounds behavior look like? • Too silly, raging mad, end of the world tears, bursting with happy • “You’re a poopy head!” “I’m going to hit you a million thousand times!” “I hate you!” • Perpetual motion, bouncing off the walls, never hold still, everything done in a BIG way Why is my child so out of control? • New and grander stage of independence in the works • Very few ways to express self, so explosiveness and expansiveness are…
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