Learn to Set Limits Without Saying No in 3 Easy Steps

For most parents, limits are usually set with one of these three words: NO. DON’T STOP. No, you can not play outside.  Don’t run in the hallway. Stop hitting your sister. You Can Set Limits

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Consequences: Change Your Words To Change Behavior (Part 2)

Want to learn how to impose consequences without  being “the Bad Guy”? Here’s another simple language tweak that can have a big impact on behavior. We already talked about the simple language

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Bribes: Change Your Words To Change Behaviors (Part 1)

Do you offer bribes to your child to get good behavior?  Parents often feel guilty about “using bribes” to get their children to comply with rules. I hear it all the time. They will say, I bribed

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My Ex is An Alcoholic? Should My Child Still Have Visits?

Managing parent and child visits when drugs or alcohol is involved can be tricky. Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse is a factor in over 30 million homes (according to Narc-Anon). And, too many of those homes

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Why Time-In May Work Better Than Time-Out

Time-in is a coping skill used by therapists to teach children how to regulate (aka deal with) difficult emotions.  Before we get into the details, let’s review some of the reasons that time out might

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Parenting Anxiety and the Danger of "What If" Thinking

Are you an anxious parent? Do you constantly worry about  your children? Are you afraid to let your child experience failure, hurt, or disappointment? You are not alone. Anxiety in children is on the

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What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy? Are you unsure of exactly what that means? When people ask what I do for a living and I them I am a Play Therapist, I almost always get the response, “What is that?” Well, there are a

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Praise for Kids That Actually Helps

Praise is supposed to be good for kids, right? What is wrong with saying “Good Job?” Well, nothing in particular, I guess. The wrong kind of praise can actually cause anxiety and lower self-esteem.

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The Power of 30 Minutes of Play

30 minute play sessions are one of the most powerful ways to improve the parent child relationship.  And doing so just 30 minutes  once per week is enough to see dramatic results.  You can learn how

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Reduce Tantrums in 6 Easy Steps

I have three children under three years old, so I know a lot about tantrums. They are a part of my daily existence. Let’s just face the fact that tantrums cannot be reduced to zero. They cannot be completely

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