• Emotional healing

    How to support children overcome their fear of dogs

    Fear of dogs can keep our children safe. And it can also prevent them from enjoying life, visiting family members, or playing in the park. Luckily, there are things we can do to support children overcome their fear. In the previous article on the topic we talked about how we can use play to help our children conquer their fear through giggles and laughter. In this article we will talk about how we can use listening to support our children release the fear through crying, sweating, or trembling. What is ‘the edge of the fear’? I want to start by introducing a term used by psychologist Lawrence Cohen in his book, ‘Playful…

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    Playful parenting

    How to use play to help your child overcome the fear of dogs

    Regardless of how cute and fluffy, friendly or playful, dogs can be, children can develop a fear of dogs that can hold them back from visiting friends or going to the park. And one thing you can do is use play to help your child overcome their fear of dogs. Have you ever seen your child hiding behind your leg as a dog walks by? Or maybe you have noticed them becoming very alert when a dog is in sight. At times they’re just taking a step back as a puppy approaches, trying to keep their distance.  Maybe they’re avoiding or are reluctant about visiting a family member who is…

  • Events

    Tips for Sibling Harmony during the spring holiday – FREE webinar

    Wednesday, 30 March 2022, at 9:30am GMT+1 Join me in a free 1-hour webinar for parents and caregivers of multiple children who want to enjoy squabble-free and bickering-free spring holidays. This webinar is for parents and caregivers who want a conscious and peaceful parenting approach that works, one that is gentle, loving, respectful and science-based. Dear parents and caregivers, Are you dreading the spring holidays because you know your children’s squabbles will get on your nerves? Do you feel like running away or hiding under a blanket every time they start fighting? Are you tired of being a referee or a judge, bringing ‘justice’ to situations? Do you yearn for…

  • Playful parenting

    How to play and boost the connection with your kids while lying down

    We all need a list of games to play with our kids while lying down, because… We’ve had such a busy day of work, regardless of what the work involved. It’s late in the afternoon and all we want to do is crash on the bed or sit on the sofa with our feet up. And that’s when we hear ‘Play with me!’. Or we’ve just been away for a few days, be it on a job trip or medical intervention, and we now feel drained. We want and need to rest, but we are alone with the kids and they’ve missed us, so they run to us, asking ‘Can…

  • Events

    Taming Sibling Rivalry – FREE Webinar

    Thursday, 27 May 2021, at 8:00pm GMT+1 Join me in a free 1-hour webinar for parents and caregivers who want to respectfully build and peacefully restore the connection between siblings. This webinar is for parents and caregivers who want a conscious and peaceful parenting approach that works, one that is gentle, loving, respectful, and science-based. Dear parents and caregivers, Are the siblings’ squabbles getting on your nerves? Do you feel like hiding under a blanket hoping you won’t hear their arguments? Are you tired of being a referee or a judge, bringing ‘justice’ to situations? Do you yearn for more peaceful family time? Would you like for your kids to…