it's impossible to talk to your baby too much

From the minute my babies were born, they heard me constantly narrating every single thing that was happening -- sometimes people even make fun of me for it when they watch our family videos. (I talked even more back then than I do now, if you can imagine such a thing!)

delivering limits with a spoonful of sugar


Today's communication tip arrives
cloaked in song from Mary Poppins:
a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine
go down.

Pharmaceutical companies have you
covered on the actual medicine ... they
can make even the nastiest stuff taste like
bubble gum these days!

So I'll talk about another kind of medicine:
limits and boundaries. Parents need to
help kids learn what's okay to do and
what isn't. Children are not pre-wired with
the knowledge of what is acceptable
behavior in the culture they were born
into. Instead they are wired to watch and
learn from their parents. This information
is much easier for kids to absorb and
incorporate when it is delivered with
sweetness.

What do I mean by sweetness?

patty wipfler on setting limits that build cooperation

This is a very powerful five minute video. Patty Wipfler from Hand in Hand Parenting shares insights into why children respond the way they do to the limits that parents set.

http://www.handinhandparenting.org/schedule/self-guided-online-classes/Special-Setting-Limits-Video


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