Category: Crying

Taking a Tantrum as a Compliment?

OK, I know it sounds strange, but when my daughter has a meltdown I really do take it as a compliment. Her tears and upset are so rare, partly because she’s just an easy-going person and partly because she trusts all her caretakers to listen to her and work to help her meet her needs. […]

Playing with power

Well, it has happened.  My sweet baby is already becoming a willful toddler.  The past week or so has been filled with frustrating moments for her and for anyone near her.  She has begun to whine.  She is clinging to us like she thinks we’ll disappear if we’re out of her sight.  And of course, […]

Back to school separation anxiety

School is starting! What an exciting and stressful time. You’re probably rushing around purchasing school supplies and wondering how your child will separate at the door. Or maybe school has already started and your child is in the throws of separation anxiety, completely freaking out when you leave. Be assured, the transition can and will […]

It’s OK to cry

“Dagny III” by Christee Cook Have you ever noticed that when a child cries, often the first things out of our mouths are things like, “You’re OK” (minimizing their experience) or “Oh no! Don’t cry!” (asking them to deny their experience) or even, “What’s wrong?!” (asking them to think about and describe the upsetting event). […]

The truth about separation anxiety

OK, I’ll admit it, when I was a preschool teacher I used to shake my head at the moms who had such a hard time leaving their child.  It seemed obvious to me that by prolonging their goodbyes and furrowing their brows they were only escalating their child’s separation anxiety.  If they would just leave […]

Free audio Tele-seminar with Shelly and Shera

Did you hear about my tele-seminar with Shera Davis on September 2nd?  It was so much fun and we got to answer some specific questions from parents like you about how to handle tantrums lovingly.  Shera’s insights and suggestions were fantastic! Because I appreciate you and enjoy having you as a member of Awake Parent […]

Go for the giggle: your secret parenting tool revealed

Wanna have more fun with your kids AND keep your heart healthy? Then try Going for the Giggle! We’ve all heard the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine.” Well… guess what? It’s really true! Recent heart and blood vessel research shows that laughter may actually help prevent heart disease!  By laughing more with your […]