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International Gentle Parenting Week!

By on March 13, 2017

 International Gentle Parenting Week is March 13-20. Why not celebrate by spreading some info or exercising some gentle discipline methods? Here are a few tips to get you started.

* Don’t yell. Just try it. Get down to your child’s level and speak to them, help them understand what it is you want them to do.

*Take a breather… or two. It’s ok to walk away and find a spot to gather your thoughts and regroup, as long as little one is in a safe place, take some time to compose.

*Don’t spank. Establish a time out spot and put your child there to cool off. set a timer for 1 minute per age of the child. If your child moves away before the timer goes off, quietly walk your child back and start the timer again. Once the timer goes off, explain to your child why they were put in time out and that said behavior isn’t acceptable. Child can do apologies, if the situation calls for it. Hugs and kisses and set them free again.

*Find an outlet. Your child is not “too hyper” or acting out because he/she is bad. Often times kids have so much pent up energy that they don’t know what to do with it, this results in negative behavior and outbursts. Play outside, visit a park or museum and get creative. Arts and crafts are your best friend, and its as simple as taking the TV away and handing your child a coloring book and some crayons. Pinterest offers a plethora of indoor/outdoor activities.

*Ask for help. If you need a break, ask for it. Have your spouse or a family member take over for an hour or so. This will minimize your stress and avoid any potential outbursts of your own.

*Trust your motherly instincts. If it feels wrong, it probably is.

*Get informed. There are countless books out there on gentle parenting. I love Dr Sears’ The Attachment Parenting book.

*Get connected. Find parents who also practice gentle parenting. Share advice and stories, and see how others handle certain situations.

*Give unlimited hugs and kisses. They are only this small once… relish in there funny, odd comments and breathe them in. You can never love on them too much. Giving your child affection is not spoiling them.

Contributing Writer: Monique

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