A comforting Halloween reminder for exhausted parents

Pumpkin buckets. Photo credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I'm hearing some angst from parents who are feeling like Halloween losers. They didn't carve pumpkins, they procrastinated on costumes, they can't find the decorations, and/or they're just not into it. They want their kids to have a fabulous Halloween but just aren't up to the holiday frenzy that seems to get more intense every […]

Calming older kids’ bedtime fears

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It took me too long to accept that fear at bedtime, like any irrational fear or phobia, can’t be reasoned or “disciplined” away. Here’s how we helped our older kids handle their bedtime fears. Until 10/29/13, enter to win a LightHeaded Bed (click through for details).

Calm out of control tantrums with the “cross-body pat”

The Scream: Alone by Ashrel

The word “tantrum” is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn’t get her way. But we’re talking about when something triggers a kid’s fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it’s intense.