What to do when kids’ swearing becomes an issue

I wrote something recently about how to respond playfully if our kids tell us to “shut up”.  You can read that one here: Responding playfully to being told to “Shut up!”: The ventriloquist game! And I had someone ask me if I had any suggestions for when kids’ use of harsh words goes beyond this, into … Continue reading What to do when kids’ swearing becomes an issue

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Behaviour is communication: Understanding resistance and insistence

All behaviour is communication, even if we’re not always sure what it’s communicating! Despite my years of connection-based parenting, I still sometimes forget this. And it came up twice for us last night! We were planning to watch a movie after dinner. Specifically, we were planning to watch the second half of a movie that … Continue reading Behaviour is communication: Understanding resistance and insistence

Responding playfully to being told to “Shut up!”: The ventriloquist game!

Does your child ever tell you to “shut up!”? Mine does. It doesn't happen often. But every now and then, when he’s upset, it will come out of his mouth. It’s a sign that he has some big feelings; he isn’t feeling heard, or he can't bear to hear what I’m trying to say (which … Continue reading Responding playfully to being told to “Shut up!”: The ventriloquist game!

Understanding the “7 pm sillies”: How play can help kids to feel calm, connected, reassured and ready for sleep!

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there seems to be this phenomenon where our kids get ramped up in the evening, just when it’s time to start “winding down” and getting ready for bed  - I’m going to call it “the 7 PM sillies”. Kids often seem to get super active, loud and silly … Continue reading Understanding the “7 pm sillies”: How play can help kids to feel calm, connected, reassured and ready for sleep!

Responding playfully to kids’ aggressive urges with faux fighting

Can you sometimes see your child's aggression coming, but just don’t really know how to respond to stop it? Deep breathing might help to calm a child, but it can be pretty hard to encourage them to do it once a fight-or-flight response has been triggered! And resorting to yelling, threatening "consequences", or “time out” … Continue reading Responding playfully to kids’ aggressive urges with faux fighting