I present ideas to help parents during transition periods and toddler tantrums. Sometimes we use non-ideal methods to make it through the day but that can lead to reflection and inspiration for better ideas and methods for strengthening our relationship with our child.
After my behaviorally inhibited daughter speaks at a birthday party, I explore my motivations and how they may have worked against my daughter’s and my relationship.
I wrote an explanatory story to help my daughter take helpful actions and make amends after a hurtful mistake.
My 3-year-old had over a month of nightly wakings and bedtime disturbances from novel fears. I present some of the strategies that helped us through this challenging period.
As I dove into the world of behaviour modification through my psychologist, I found myself coming out the other side more firmly aligned with connection-informed strategies instead!
How much fear-facing is too much? I discuss some of the questions I have about implementing exposure therapy continuously for inhibited or anxious children.
Inspired by The Whole Brain Child, my partner and I developed a re-enactment and play method to explicitly connect events, feelings and memories.
My daughter was less than 2 years old when we applied these strategies to help with her numerous fears.
I provide a brief history of my daughter’s unusual behaviours that ultimately led to my investigation into anxiety and inhibited temperament.
My brave niece conquered her fear of the bike trailer with a story and the right rewards!
My daughter successfully used a brave story and exposure ladder to face her fear of elevators. She was happy and excited when she was brave.
A story for a young sibling of an older autistic child with violent outbursts.
I wrote an explanatory story for my 2.5 year old about COVID-19 to address some anxious behaviours that she exhibited after isolation recommendations.