How to Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday Without Throwing a Party

All parents wish to make their kids’ birthdays special. But the bar has been raised so high lately when it comes to birthday parties that these events can now tend to be more stressful than memorable.  Emma Lawson shares with us in this guest post some lovely ideas on how to celebrate your child’s birthday … Read more

How To Boost Kids’ IQ and EQ With Proper Guidance and Nurture

How To Boost Your Kids IQ and EQ. Learn 5 parenting strategies that can help you support your kids with proper guidance and nurture.

I’m back after a long break with another guest post from Zara Lewis! Learn about 5 parenting strategies that can help you boost your children’s IQ through proper guidance and nurture. All parents want their kids to grow up to be emotionally and socially aware, communicative and smart. Luckily, it’s more than possible to raise … Read more

How the 4 Rules of Improvisation Can Make You a Fun Parent

How The 4 Rules of Improvisation can make you a fun parent. A lesson inspired by Tina Fey's "Bossypants"

During my past few years of adulthood, I feel like I partially lost the ability to play. Every time I watched kids play, my mind drew a blank when it came to getting involved in their games.

The only thing that I was capable of doing was to smile and say “That’s nice” a lot. Does that make me fun? I sure do hope so!

Recently, I just took a break from reading parenting books to read Tina Fey’s book “Bossypants“.

Among other things, she writes about how she used to be an actor working for an improvisation theater. She walks the reader through the rules of improvisation in the chapter called “Tina Fey’s Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat*”. Sounds promising, right?

And while I was reading this chapter I thought – wait a minute. These would work great with kids! If anyone loves improvising, it’s definitely children.

How The 4 Rules of Improvisation can make you a fun parent. A lesson inspired by Tina Fey's "Bossypants"

So here are the four rules that I’ll try to work on from now on:

1.Agree and say YES!

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Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn’t Mean Indulgence

Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn't Mean Indulgence. How to communicate better by connecting first. Find the balance between empathy and discipline.

“Empathy is feeling with people. It’s a choice, and it’s a vulnerable choice because in order to connect with you I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling.” Brené Brown

Understanding children’s emotions

This post is inspired by a book I’m currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, called “Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems“, by Kenneth Barish. Check out a  free preview of this lovely book and let me know if you like it.

The author is a therapist who worked with children and families for over three decades and he explains why empathy is important in communicating with children.

Most children look up to their parents for approval and they want to do well. But they get caught in the moment and have impulsive reactions. A lot of times, their negative reactions are driven by a feeling of unfairness.

Why Empathy in Parenting Doesn't Mean Indulgence. How to communicate better by connecting first. Find the balance between empathy and discipline.

Children and teenagers are also more prone to impulsiveness because their brain is not fully developed. The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and logical thinking reaches maturity during our mid-20s.

Toddlers have an extra barrier in communication and, therefore, extra frustrations because they don’t always have the language skills to explain what they want or how they feel.

We’ve all been in their shoes at some point. Let’s try to imagine going back.

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7 Free Online Courses Perfect for Parents

I am a big fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). I remember the first time I discovered, years ago, that I could watch lectures from top universities from around the world for free. I was mind blown.

Ah, the beauty (and practicality) of knowledge!

Free online courses that can help you become a better parent. Sharpen your parenting skills and become a better cook, educator and communicator!

Since I had a baby, I thought that there have to be at least a few courses out there that could help me with my new parenting challenges. And indeed there are, so I looked around and made a list of free online courses suitable for parents. I attached for each a short description from the information I found on the courses’ websites. Enjoy!

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