Most of us have had times when we've been more snappy or distracted with our kids than we would have liked, and we're wanting to help them to feel comfortable and connected with us again. A simple way to start the repair process is to notice the micro-moments of goodness in our day. It might … Continue reading It’s the little things …
So, yeah, I'm pretty excited that this is happening! You can find all the information by clicking on the image below: I've been wanting to create something like this for last year or so, since I started getting into polyvagal theory, self-reg, etc. It really feels like the "missing piece", for so many parents. And … Continue reading Rewire Through Regulation and Repair is here!
I got up this morning, knowing it had the potential to be a challenging morning. I needed to change our usual routine to get a few important things done, and I was expecting some resistance from my son. So I wanted to make sure that I was in the best state I could be in, … Continue reading Resourcing myself to prepare for a tricky time
Here's a strategy I think could be a particularly supportive in these stressful times, especially for those of us who are going to be in very close quarters with our loved ones for the foreseeable future! PLAYFUL EXAGGERATION can be a wonderful approach for expressing our emotions in a way that is non-threatening to others. … Continue reading A way to move through relationship tensions (especially in lockdown!)
When kids’ behaviour becomes unenjoyable - they might be whinging, whining, demanding or making irritating noises, or they might be doing things they know you don't want them to do, or not doing things they know you would like them to do - it can often be a sign that their EMOTIONAL CUP is feeing … Continue reading Addressing off track behaviour by filling kids’ emotional cups – The “Love Cream” game
I know it’s not a luxury that everyone has - a partner who comes home at the end of the day and can share the load (although sometimes after a long day of work my hubby is more tired than me!). But last night I made the most of it and went for “option z … Continue reading More power reversal play: The “force push”
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
Have you heard of power reversal play? When instead of being the bigger, stronger, wiser one, as we often appear to be, we play the part of the less competent one? The bumbling fool, even? Kids are so often the smaller and weaker ones. They are learning so much everyday, often not knowing how to … Continue reading What “The Book with No Pictures” can teach you about power reversal play!
"Can we goooo noooow?". We were sitting at a cafe. My son had finished what he was having, and hubby and I still had our cups of chai to drink. I felt my tension rising. I just really wanted to be able to relax and enjoy my drink. We had intentionally left the phones behind, … Continue reading “Can we goooo noooow?”
Playing games with our kids can be a great way to pass the time when there's nothing else very interesting going on. But whether you're sitting in a cafe or on a long car trip, I Spy can get old pretty quickly. Here are 8 alternatives to get you laughing and connecting, which will not … Continue reading Tired of I Spy?