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[Beautiful Muslimah Monday] Are you living life through FILTERS?

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh! I’m Kathryn Jones with the Beautiful Muslimah Monday Project. Today I want to share with you about the kind of FILTERS that we’re living our life through that could be causing all sorts of havoc in our relationships and in our emotional well...

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Tantrums for Two: How to Manage with More Than One Upset Child

Q. Do you have any tips on helping 2-year-old twins who tantrum at the same time and very, very often? Most of the time I’m the only one there to listen and it just doesn’t seem like it’s enough! A. It sounds like you’ve got a challenging situation on your hands! I’m glad you’ve asked for our...

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The Value of A Good Tantrum

Last weekend, somewhere between the collards and the spinach, the peaceful plodding of putting in our Fall garden went wrong and I got really grumpy with my husband, Tom. One minute we were chatting over seedlings and the next I was feeling wronged and misunderstood. After some less than...

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A Journey Into a Tantrum (and How to Let Them Offload)

The best way to help our children is to offer the kind of connection that allows them to offload their emotions, through laughter or tears. Crying is not bad. When a child is crying, we need to show that we are in this together with her, and that she will cross over through pain, sadness, and...

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How to Set Limits with Confidence, Without Fear or Shame

I am not a proponent of permissive parenting. Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes. The “calm and firm limit” is a parenting muscle that has to be exercised and built over...

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Setting Limits with Young Children

When children are under stress they lose their patience, their love of fun, their easygoing ability to make each day a good one. At these times, they tend to do things that don’t make sense. They’ll begin to squabble, to insist on having things someone else has, or to want one thing after...

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“Put the Blocks Away!” How to Get Your Kids to Listen

Pots are simmering, it’s almost time for dinner. But when you tell your three-year-old that it’s tidy up time she barely looks up from her blocks. Kids’ refusals to listen can be frustrating and infuriating for parents. For the most part, they aren’t deliberately ignoring you. Your call to...

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The Cries That Bind: Connecting With Children Emotionally

I couldn’t have stopped crying even if I had wanted to. I don’t remember now why I was crying, but I remember the look on my father’s face as he begged me to stop. “What am I going to do with you? All the neighbors are going to think you’ve gone crazy!” It was summer and the windows were...

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Let’s Talk About Crying

We feel a deep desire to know what is causing them distress and how to help. Children cry for lots of reasons, but some are particular to their stage of learning at a certain point. Here is a guide to crying from newborn to late toddler hood. Newborn cries A new baby cries with...

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Help for the Hard Times in Parenting

When we became parents, most of us had no idea that we would need to master the art of handling stress. Nurturing children is a job that’s best done with ample and relaxed support—several committed people taking a variety of roles to see that each person in the family is able to thrive. But...

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