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Category Archives: Parent/child communication

Does your family need a media diet?


For years parents have been encouraged to limit TV and screen time for children…especially preschoolers. We have seen many studies that show children who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight, have an increased risk of attention problems, and their play is truly interrupted. Children who are exposed to sexual programs are …

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What is in your discipline “bag of tricks”?


What is in your discipline bag of tricks? It was 7:30 am and my day was in full swing. I was chasing a two year old trying to get him dressed again. It is barely an hour into the day and I felt like I was on the verge of yelling and a time out …

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Steps 7-12…helping your child develop self-confidence


The next 6 steps a parent can take to help a child develop that ever important self-confidence! 7.  Promote independence Let a child explore his or her world freely.  Make your home as safe as possible so mobile infants and toddlers can explore safely.  Let your child “step away” from you!  Take a deep breath …

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Tell the people you love, “You rock!”


Don’t just tell your kids they “rock”…tell them why! A little “Throw back Thursday”…..a post that helps us to remember to tell those we love the most why we do!  Happy Thursday! I was getting ready to mail a card to my college aged kids the other day.  I try to send a “snail mail” …

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Steps 1-6…helping your child develop self-confidence


Self-confidence is more than just a warm and fuzzy term.  Studies show that people who have high self-esteem and confidence are more successful in school, get along better with friends, are less influenced by peer pressure, and better handle the difficulties of life.  There is no quick fix for confidence.  It is built slowly; it …

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We need Dad’s to be involved in parenting….encourage it!


Brad  as “King for a day!”  He has always been a “hands on” Dad! Dads have a special role in their kids’ lives.  I believe that my parenting would have been incomplete without Brad, but I could have very easily discouraged his involvement very early on.  I was a “gatekeeper” Mom; I needed and wanted …

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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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Keeping the peace….


All smiles building the sandcastle…took some sibling cooperation…but life with four kids wasn’t always full of sibling cooperation! “Mom, she is looking at me!”  “Mom, she is touching my stuff!”  “He called me dumb!”  “Ow, quit pinching me!”  Ahh, the sounds of loving sisters and brothers.  I have heard these “wonderful” sounds often in our …

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Add a little silliness to your discipline…it works!


A little “clowning around” with discipline will work!  Infuse a little silliness in your day!  🙂 All the discipline discussion over the last few days and I feel like a very serious parent!  Discipline is serious business, and a very real necessity for your child, but there certainly are moments that a little bit of …

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“Hurry up or I will leave without you!” and other discipline techniques that don’t work!


There are some discipline techniques that just don’t work as well as others! I can remember sometimes simply reacting to a behavior of one of my kids, but not really using a discipline approach.  The result was never very effective.  Some typical reactions just don’t work, or result in other issues later.  Here are some …

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