ACT. Part 5 of 5 of the I.D.E.A. Parent Strategy

I.D.E.A. (which stands for Investigate, Describe, Empathize and Act), is a parenting strategy that I've developed to help parents deal with challenging behavior, episodes of distress, or situations that impact the daily flow of life. With I.D.E.A., parents can be more thoughtful in their approach to their children, be less reactive and more reflective in...
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Getting In Tune: Using Empathy to Connect within the I.D.E.A. Strategy (Part 4 of 5)

I.D.E.A. (which stands for Investigate, Describe, Empathize and Act), is a parenting strategy that I've developed to help parents deal with challenging behavior, episodes of distress, or situations that impact the daily flow of life. With I.D.E.A., parents can be more thoughtful in their approach to their children, be less reactive and more reflective in...
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DESCRIBE: The Big D in the I.D.E.A. Strategy for Parenting Challenges (Part 3 of 5)

I.D.E.A. (which stands for Investigate, Describe, Empathize and Act), is a parenting strategy that I've developed to help parents deal with challenging behavior, episodes of distress, or situations that impact the daily flow of life. With I.D.E.A., parents can be more thoughtful in their approach to their children, be less reactive and more reflective in...
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INVESTIGATE: Insights into the I.D.E.A. Strategy for Parenting Challenges (Part 2 of 5)

Last month I introduced the parenting strategy of I.D.E.A. (which stands for Investigate, Describe, Empathize and Act), and described how to use each step when confronted with challenging behavior, episodes of distress, or simply things that impact the daily flow of life. With I.D.E.A., parents can be more thoughtful in their approach to their children,...
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An I.D.E.A. for Parenting Challenges: Take the Extra Time to Achieve Success (Part 1 of 5)

It's a typical Tuesday afternoon in the household. Errands are being done and new ones are accumulating. Emails are calling (or perhaps another round of Gumdrop Falls is reaching out from the tablet). Dinner is in the slow cooker, the laundry is underway, and the vacuum is out and ready for duty. Suddenly there's a...
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Postpartum Parent Wellness: New Information and Interventions

It is not surprising that many mothers and fathers experience low mood and high anxiety as they cope with the transition to parenting their new baby. During this time, just as infants are going through the process of acclimating to their new surroundings, mothers are going through physical, emotional and biological changes of their own....
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A Few Ideas to Help with Impulse Control in Young Children

It comes out of nowhere. The sudden flash of inspiration, like a bolt of lightning somewhere in the unlimited skies of the mind's imagination. You see the slide, gleaming in the mid-day sunlight, shining brightly and almost smiling after having successfully carried another laughing child. You look down at your hand, filled with freshly laid...
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A Few Ideas to Help with Impulse Control in Young Children

It comes out of nowhere. The sudden flash of inspiration, like a bolt of lightning somewhere in the unlimited skies of the mind's imagination. You see the slide, gleaming in the mid-day sunlight, shining brightly and almost smiling after having successfully carried another laughing child. You look down at your hand, filled with freshly laid...
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Fostering Friendship Skills in Early Childhood (Part 1): Learning to Wait, Take Turns and Share

Learning how to be a good friend is arguably one of the most important and helpful skills we need for success and happiness in life. Around the age of 3 to 4 years, children are typically ready to begin the art of playing collaboratively with their peers and truly "making friends." Making friends and learning...
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Fostering Friendship Skills in Early Childhood (Part 2): Assertive Communication

Last month we began this series on strategies for supporting preschoolers in developing friendship skills. These important skills help set the stage for success and happiness in school, in important personal relationships, and eventually on the job. We wrote last about concrete ways to help kids learn to wait, share and turn take. In this...
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