What to Say When Your Child Calls You Out on Your Bad Habits

Do you smoke? Are you often late for pick up? Is it really hard for you to stay away from your phone?  Our children see and feel everything we do, and often even call us out on that. Addressing a situation where your child calls you out on your bad habits can be a challenging […]

The Best Montessori Toys and Essentials for Holistic Child Development

As a devoted mother and passionate advocate of the Montessori method, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of the best Montessori toys in shaping the minds and hearts of my little ones and the many parents and children I’ve guided over the years.  Piloted by the philosophy of Maria Montessori, these toys and essentials are […]

How to Talk to Children about Death

A couple of years ago, when Ilay was about five, or maybe six, he met the concept of death for the first time. I can’t remember where or how, but he was terrified. The thought kept him awake in the evening and even woke him up at night. He feared us dying, and then he […]

10 Games to Promote SEL, Anger Management, and Communication Skills

As a positive parenting counselor I constantly stress the importance of playing games with children, because this is how children learn – through play. However, many games are so much more than games; they help us achieve what we, ourselves, struggle with, and they do so while having fun with our kiddos.  Isn’t this what […]

What to Say when Your Child Says they Hate Themselves

Addressing a child expressing self-hatred or discontent with their life is a delicate matter that requires sensitivity, empathy, and active listening.  Children’s feelings are always big, and so the words they use are big, too. They can’t assess the situation through a balanced view, so they choose the words that best symbolize what’s going on […]

What to Say When Your Child Says “You’re Stupid!”

Knowing what to say when your child says “you’re stupid” is challenging because your feelings might be hurt. It’s essential to respond calmly and remember that your child’s words are not a reflection of you but rather an expression of their unmet needs. Contrary to what you may think, this is not an opportunity to […]