People Before Things

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People Before Things

The text reads: Ask yourself whether your child could be getting the impression that material things matter more to the adults in their world than they do.

Even though this is a sometimes challenging value to uphold, being mindful of this can make a WORLD of difference in your relationship with the young folks in your life!!!

Understanding and Supporting Kids Through Tantrums and Meltdowns...

Understanding and Supporting Kids Through Tantrums and Meltdowns...

A couple of metaphors to help folks understand what's really going on when a child is melting down, which could help a person take a more effective approach so they can support their child AND stay as calm as possible under trying circumstances...

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New Year's Resolution #3: Don't Believe Everything You Think

New Year's Resolution #3:  Don't Believe Everything You Think

Our suffering is actually caused not by what happens to us but what we think about what happens to us. It's not what other people do (or should do, or should not do), but what we think about what other people do or do not do.

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"What's the matter?"

"What's the matter?"

"So, there I am at the supermarket.  It's a BEAUTIFUL late summer/early autumn day.  Warm, sunny, dry, fragrant air...  I'm putting my groceries into the car and just enjoying everything, and I hear a shopping cart go by.  I glance up, and it's one of those carts with a toy car in the front, and the little driver is taking his role very seriously.  My heart goes pitter-patter as I enjoy his enjoyment."

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I am.

I am.

"What follows 'I am...'or 'you are...' or 'she/he is...' is a label.  Labels can be very problematic and can undermine connection and happiness for a few very important reasons."

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When you don't see eye to eye

When you don't see eye to eye

It happens!  You have one way of doing things and your co-parenting partner has a totally different way!  What do you do then???  Here are some things you can try that may reduce friction...

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Life Is Like...

Life Is Like...

I have noticed that like is like a river. Or, better yet, life is like kayaking down a river. The more I test this particular pithy observation, the more it holds up. Here, if you are interested, is the genesis of my nugget...

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Peaceful parenting and soup...

Peaceful parenting and soup...

A delectable, comforting, enriching, nutritious soup depends on having the right ingredients in the right quantities.  And, in the radical unschooling “soup,” peaceful parenting principles constitute the soup base.  Radical unschooling without peaceful parenting may not go down so easy, and may not leave the best taste in your mouth.  (The truth is, peaceful parenting makes everything taste better!)

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Just. Listen.

Just. Listen.

It's hard to keep our advice and opinions to ourselves...but, if we REALLY want to be helpful, the best way is to keep our mouths closed and our eyes, ears, and heart open. 

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The New Ask the Peaceful Parent Whisperer Blog...

It's a WordPress blog, and folks send in questions and I answer 'em.  It's that simple, really. 

Find the blog here:  Ask the Peaceful Parent Whisperer, and if you follow the blog, you'll be alerted when a new question gets answered.

Do you want to pose a question?  Here's a form for you to fill out so you can do that:  Ask the Peaceful Parent Whisperer Question Form.