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Preparing for Summer Podcast on Joyful Courage

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Casey invites fellow Positive Discipline Coach, Melissa Benaroya, to discuss surviving Summer Break. In this episode they offer practical tools and solutions to set you and your family up for a successful summer. Two to three months is a long time to keep your kids occupied and stimulated.  Get an insight into the importance of boredom and why you don’t have to plan every single second of your children’s vacation. Tune in and learn how routine and summer coexist to help you have fun too! 
 

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The value in creating a summer consistency so your family knows what to expect.
  • Why routines are not confining but an invitation to freedom.
  • How consistency helps encourages children to manage themselves.
  • Why moments of boredom are necessary and the benefits it offers growing kids!
  • How to use mindfulness when creating a summer schedule.
  • Tools are discussed to set up family agreements on everything from daily schedules to screen time use!
  • You’ll learn how to involve your kids in creating a fun summer everyone will enjoy! 

The Power of Dads: Why Dads Need to Invest In Their Parenting

The Power of Dads: Why Dads Need to Invest In Their Parenting

As Father’s Day approaches, we encourage you to embrace every opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the father figures in your life. Fathers are significant influencers in the lives of their children; they are no longer valued just for bringing home the figurative bacon. The days of detached fathering are becoming a thing of the past. Dads are more involved than ever in all aspects of childrearing. Research has found that men who are fathers are actually happier than their childless peers. Not only do dads benefit from getting involved, but there are huge benefits for children, too! The latest research points to several areas where dads have an especially profound effect on their daughters’ health and wellbeing.

Ask The Parent Coach: Playing Favorites!

Ask The Parent Coach:            Playing Favorites!

From time to time I will answer readers questions as they come in. I thought I would share this specific one because this question comes up a lot. 

QUESTION:

Sometimes my 3-year-old can be sort of mean to her dad- like when he goes to get her in the morning she will scream that she only wants mommy or sometimes she pushes him away when he comes over to say to her when he gets home from work.  I know she adores my husband and they have so much fun playing together, but I'm not sure why she acts this way towards him sometimes.  Any thoughts? 

Using Mindfulness To Help Combat Your Child's Anxiety

Using Mindfulness To Help Combat Your Child's Anxiety

A child’s anxiety is stressful to the child and can also be stressful for the child’s family. Anxiety can actually be debilitating for kids. Children may spend endless amounts of time and energy fixated on things such as grades, family issues, peer relationships, and performance in sports, as well as disasters they think might happen or dangers that do not actually exist.

Understanding the different types of anxiety and the options for treatment for children and adolescents is really important. Over the course of the last 5 to 10 years, the practice of mindfulness has received significant attention and gained recognition as an effective means of treating and managing childhood anxiety.

Your Self-Care: A Win-Win For The Whole Family

Your Self-Care: A Win-Win For The Whole Family

Parenting is hard work, and without consistent self-care parents can easily and quickly burn out.  That is why this Mother’s Day it is not only important to do something special for yourself but also to make a plan to incorporate more self-care in your daily life.  Many mothers sacrifice their own self-care because they are taking care of everyone else; they leave their own needs until last.  This benefits no one in the family! Not only are parents who sacrifice their own self-care less able to manage their own strong emotions and solve problems effectively, they are also modeling poor self-care for their children. And who wants their child to learn that they must sacrifice their own well-being for the sake of others? 

Managing screens, devices and apps... oh my!

Managing screens, devices and apps... oh my!

One of the biggest challenges for parents these days is managing their children’s use of electronic devices.  Devices are the source of many power struggles for modern families. As a parent or caregiver, it’s your responsibility to set limits. Every family’s values and schedules are different, so limits on devices look different from one family to another.