Motherhood Monday – Sibling debacles and great site!

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We’ve been having a little trouble in our household with pushing and hitting.  After this past weekend I decided to start the Google search to see how we can handle it better.

I love the internet when it comes to parenting, there are some wonderful experts out there that help me learn how to do things in a new way that help me stay true to who I WANT to be as a parent 🙂

In my search I found this great site that has all kinds of videos with topics of every kind. They are all really insightful and short enough for parents with little kids.

I was able to get some perspective on the issue and help in elevating my thought process in handling these sibling issues.

Two experts I love already are  Shefali Tsabary, PhD and  Gila Brown, MA.  They give me hope that I can be the parent I want to be.

Luckily my kids also really love each other so I have no doubt this stage will pass, but I’d like to do it with some grace!

On a fun note, have you seen Hank Azaria’s web series about parenting?  I love it.  Here is a funny (and informative!) video about toddler sharing.

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Toddler Tantrum Part II: What do I actually do and say?

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I read somewhere that we send a message at least ten times a day that our toddler’s emotions are not okay with us.  Whether it be offering a cookie when they get upset or asking them to be quiet or relax.  Once I started thinking about it I realized I do it all the time.  I made a commitment to notice and try to allow my toddler to feel his full range of emotions, no matter how uncomfortable for me!  Read on to see how I do it.   Continue reading

Toddler Tantrum Part 1: What does he need from me?

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We’ve been going through a lot of transition lately and it’s been really tough for my toddler (he’s a month and a half away from three years old).  This is such a tough age because there is no reasoning with them, they are a walking ball of emotion.  Mostly it’s sweet, kissy, cuddly emotion but when it goes bad, it goes really bad.

The hubby and I were really confused and unsure of how to handle it, not to mention frustrated and at our wit’s end.  So this is what we did…  Continue reading