POSITIVE PARENTING

Habitual Thinking November 2020

At some point in the past several weeks, we have all felt overwhelmed with everything that is going on. Having kids learning remotely indefinitely, the uncertainty of what this year will bring, or worries that you can't handle whatever is coming this year, can make us feel overloaded and untethered. Our Brain’s Default - Autopilot Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon

More Trust = More Cooperation October 2020

I’d like to share with you a great way to get more cooperation from children. This happens when we include our children in the rule making process. Now, don’t get scared. Even if we include them in the rule-making process, they do need to know that at the end of the day it’s the parents Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon

Emotional Fitness Amidst Uncertainty August 2020

Is it possible for a person to feel completely calm and serene while not knowing what to expect from one minute to the next? The answer is an enthusiastic yes! Strategic Thinking Over the past few months we have ALL been living in a state of not knowing what is to come. The underlying difference Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon

POSITIVE PARENTING June 2020

HEALTHY EMPATHY How can parents balance empathy with setting limits? In our quest to give our children what they need we often get confused about how to combine being kind and empathetic with setting limits. First let's take a look at what healthy empathy looks like, and then let's discuss how to balance both.   Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children March 2020

What does it mean to be emotionally healthy? I don't know what the dictionary says about emotional health, but from all I've seen it seems to me that people who are emotionally healthy know that it is the most normal thing in the world to experience a full range of emotions. That includes feelings of Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.S.Ed

Positive Perceptions February 2020

Parents often ask how to “get” their children to be kinder, more responsible, or more of anything, for that matter. The problem with this question is that if your children feel that you are trying to “get” them to act a certain way they will feel like you are trying to control them. Imagine a Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.S.Ed

Habits of Highly Effective People Part II January 2020

In last month’s column we discussed the first 3 habits in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which are about taking control of your own life. Habits 4, 5, and 6 are about enjoying healthy relationships with others, and habit 7 is about taking care of yourself so you can live habits 1-6 with Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.S.Ed

HOW DO WE GET CHILDREN TO COOPERATE? November 2018

We live in a world of instant gratification. It is part of the culture of our country. People want fast results right now. The problem is that fast results are often not aligned with our value system, and that is when we create struggles for ourselves. We enjoy instant gratification, like being able to order Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.s.ed

HELPING MY CHILD STRUGGLING WITH A MOOD October 2018

Oftentimes I watch well-meaning parents trying to persuade their child out of their negative expression of emotions to no avail. What is a healthy role that parents can play to support their children when they are upset? Before we even discuss how we can be supportive let us realize that it’s really okay for our Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.s.ed

QUALITY OF LIFE September 2018

We all know people who seem to have such a great quality of life. Their redeeming characteristics are a happy and relaxed demeanor. At first glance, people think that they have such a great quality of life because they are privy to unlimited wealth, children with calm demeanors who always listen to them, and the Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon, M.s.ed
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