Alternative to Punishment #5: Express How You Feel – And Offer an Alternative

~ Ashley Ryan Do you remember the story about when our son was scratching the paint off the wall with a spoon and instead of reacting I applied the 2nd, 3rd and 4th alternative to punishment? I evaluated the situation and asked him a question about what he was doing. He then told me he was taking snow off of […]

The Importance of Raising Children with an Abundant Mindset

~ By Julie Kleinhans I cannot speak for everyone but I’m pretty certain that most of us were raised and educated based on a lack mindset. What is a lack mindset you ask? It is one in which we see and believe in limitation. For example, when a situation does not go as planned, do […]

Clean Internally This Spring!

~ By Alegre Ramos Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming and Spring is in the air.  But instead of just cleaning up at home, why not clean out your own house (aka: your body) with a Spring cleanse? What is a cleanse and why would you do one? A cleanse is a limited period […]

Appreciation as a Parenting Tool

~ By Kathy Gordon Alfie Kohn, author of Unconditional Parenting, often begins his lectures by asking parents, ‘what are your long-term objectives for your children?’’  According to Kohn, the responses from parents are remarkably similar across the country.  We want our kids to be happy, balanced, independent, thoughtful, loving, inquisitive, confident and to have long-term close relationships with […]

“Alternative to Punishment #4: Offer An Alternative”

~ By Ashley Ryan The best part about transforming your child from defiant out-of-control behavior to being respectful and cooperative is that you have less cleaning to do! It’s true, by having a cooperative child, you can significantly reduce the mess you have to clean up every day. And if you’re like most parents, that’s a HUGE RELIEF! […]

“Living and Learning with Young Children”

~ By Michelle Barone Living with young children is a special and fleeting time for families-challenging and frustrating, yes-but a time that is crucial to the development of young minds and souls. As a family therapist, my goals are to help families create a nurturing, respectful, and fun environment for everyone, but one in which […]

The #1 Reason to Fall In Love…With Yourself

~ By Tangee Veloso-Pueblos   Awwww yes!  Love is in the air and that special day is here, Valentine’s Day.  It’s a time for romance and flowers; a time for love notes and special memories. Not to mention a time to bring out the wallets to spend tons of money.  Yep – another holiday that […]

Quick-Fix Parenting: How Much of It Really Works?

~ By Tangee Veloso-Pueblos Ahh the quick fix.  It is pretty tempting to want to take this route when it comes to parenting.  You know, to find the quickest way to have your child “comply” to what you want them to do so that you can go about your daily routine and get things done.  […]

How Being Inquisitive Can Be an Alternative to Punishment

~ By Ashley Ryan   Don’t you just hate it when your child pushes you to the point where you feel you need to discipline him or her at any cost? Now, when your child pushes you to your limit,you’ll be able to use one or several of these effective alternatives to punishment to do the right […]

3 Tips to Avoid Invalidating Your Child’s Feelings

~ By Tangee Veloso-Pueblos Before my son was born, I had been doing a lot of research.  Research on home births, co-sleeping, breast-feeding, attachment parenting, cloth diapering, organic bedding, you name it.  My husband and I wanted to create the most conscious, sustainable, natural and non-toxic way to bring our son into the world.  And […]

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