Smarter Parenting Blog

Recent Podcasts

Recent Articles

5 Things you should never say to your child

5 Things you should never say to your child

5 things you should never say to your child
After my daughter had interrupted my sewing project for what felt like the hundredth time, I said one of those things you should never say to your child, “Go away so I can finish this!” Her countenance went dark and I immediately tried to back pedal and undo what I had said. Unfortunately imperfect moments happen and there will be times we need to apologize for saying something to our child that we shouldn’t have said. […]

Why it’s important to have low parenting tolerances

Why it’s important to have low parenting tolerances

Why it’s important to have low parenting tolerances
Understanding your own tolerance level can help you work towards maintaining consistent parenting techniques. Tolerance is your ability or willingness to tolerate certain behaviors that you do not necessarily agree with. A tolerance level lies on a continuum from high tolerance to low tolerance, with high tolerance meaning that you tolerate more of the behavior you don’t like and low tolerance that you tolerate less of that behavior. […]

Natural vs artificial motivators for kids

Natural vs artificial motivators for kids

Natural vs artificial motivators for kids
There is a balance between using natural motivators and artificial motivators to encourage a child to behave appropriately. Earning stickers or having a reward jar is a great way to increase motivation initially, but eventually you want children to learn the inherent reward that acting positively will provide. Children will not learn this on their own, but need to be guided. […]

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children
Raising emotionally healthy children is a common desire all parents strive for. But what does being “emotionally healthy” actually mean? Answering this question can help in addressing the emotional needs of a child and determining how to teach your child to be emotionally healthy. Being emotionally healthy does not mean that they will not have negative emotions, rather it means that your children can respond well to negative emotions and can decrease those negative emotions in an appropriate way. […]

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent
Before I was a parent, I had all sorts of ideas about how to raise children. My children were going to be adorable: the happy children that never threw tantrums over the (cruelly placed) giant lollipops at the grocery check out. The ones who always willingly shared their toys during playdates. The ones who ate a wide variety of food with smiles on their faces at every meal. […]

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores
Chore charts. A quick search online will yield an almost limitless supply of colorful printables, ideas for positive rewards, and lists of age appropriate chores. However, even though there is plenty of information on the topic, most parents aren’t assigning chores.

Braun Research in reported in 2014 that while 82% percent of parents reported having done chores as children, only 28% required the same work of their own kids. […]

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child
Anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat and one’s ability to cope with that threat. Throughout childhood it is normal to experience some anxiety about upcoming changes, unknown environments, or participating in a public presentation. Anxiety can even be motivating to prepare adequately for the future. […]

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids
The Skill of Effective Communication is used in all of the other skills taught by Smarter Parenting. This one skill can help you connect more effectively with your children, spouse, and others. It is not easy and takes a lot of practice, but will definitely be well worth the effort.

LEARN HOW TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION

These are the three things that I learned while using this skill with my family.
1. Eye Contact
You can engage more effectively if you look the person in the eyes. […]

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect
What is therapy and what should parents expect from children going to therapy? We answer these questions below and provide suggestions for parents to help them find the best treatment for their child.

What is therapy
Therapy is a technique where a trained and licensed mental health professional works with an individual to resolve an issue involving mental health. The purpose of treatment is to heal a mental health disorder. […]

Follow on Social Media

Parenting Topics

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
Blog