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Category: Parenting (keeping your cool)

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February 10, 2021

Girl crying over spilled milk

Perhaps it was the foot stomp punctuating the shrill rebuttal to your simple question that caught your attention today.   Lately, it seems “normal” has been your child shrieking at you every time you ask her to do anything. How did this happen?  

March 10, 2016
3 Tips for Keeping Your Cool, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka & Lynn Jessen

“I promised myself I was not going to yell at her again,” Kristin confessed.  “But sometimes it is as though it erupts from me. The force of it shocks me.  I keep wondering, who is this?” 

September 26, 2014

Why Do They Behave for Others and Leave me Feeling Like a Parent Failure?

Ever find yourself silently screaming wondering why your child behaves for others and falls apart the minute you walk in the door?  Are you an unfit parent?  Are you a failure?  Or, do these comments signify that you are doing a GREAT job!

July 8, 2013

When we need to calm first

You have asked your child to pick up his toys and he’s refusing.  When you ask, "What's up?” he drops into a full-fledged meltdown, screaming and kicking at you.  This was not in the script running through your head. 

May 2, 2013


It's hard to give my spirited daughter time to process emotions, because her actions push me away, when really, I think she wants me close.  It's so hard to be near her at those moments. I need time to process at that point. - Tatum

August 17, 2012


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