Without a doubt, one of the most difficult parts of raising children is whining. It can feel like nails scratching down a chalkboard to hear kids pout, fuss, or scream when they are upset. However, the fact remains that every parent has to deal with this because it’s a normal part of childhood development. Because it can feel so irritating, it’s easy to get sucked in and lose our cool (just like our kids!). Here are 5 tips to respond to whining kids:Continue Reading
Spanking has been a common form of punishment for decades (many of us were spanked as kids, right?), but research shows that it can do a lot of harm for a young child’s development. Scientists are finding that it can lead to changes in a child’s brain that reinforce the ideas of violence and aggression being acceptable ways to achieve a purpose. Consider also the hypocrisy of telling a son or daughter not to hit a sibling, yet spanking them when they do something wrong.
So since kids are still learning proper behavior and will inevitably make mistakes, how can we appropriately discipline them without spanking? The key is self-control (it’s interesting that spanking often occurs when parents are at their wits’ end). Here are some healthier alternatives to spanking to help children learn good behavior:Continue Reading