6 Positive Ways to Discipline a Sensitive Kid

6 Positive Ways to Discipline a Sensitive Kid

20% of the population young and old fall into the category of ‘Highly Sensitive Individuals’ and it occurs equally among males and females.

These types of people have very emotionally rich lives. They are overwhelmed easily and they can get upset easily.

Highly sensitive children will react differently to life and it’s something you need to recognize so you can adjust your parenting techniques.

I have a very sensitive boy and it’s been a real challenge. I wish I had understood more about it sooner so I could have been more helpful when he needed me.

Disciplining the sensitive child can be particularly challenging.

After doing tons of research I have found somethings that have been really helpful and I want to share them with you.

Check out the list below.

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Soften your tone:


We’re all human and are capable of reacting to things emotionally, but for the sake of your child take it down a notch.

Sensitive kids can feel your anger more profoundly; they are highly sensitive to your tone of voice and facial expressions, and it can wreak havoc on their physical and emotional well-being.

Before you discipline your child be sure that you are in the right head space to cope with the situation. Take a minute, or two, or three if that’s what it takes.


Fair consequences:


Just because your child feels bad doesn’t mean they don’t need consequences.

Children, of all ages, need to understand there are consequences for their choices and their behavior. Consequence are a necessary part of
parenting, especially if you want to modify behavior.

Shame, judgment and pointing the finger serve no purpose in disciplining your child. As opposed to punishment, consequences move the focus to the behavior instead of your child.

All consequences should be in line with the act; sensitive kids are already hard on themselves, they don’t need you to be incredibly harsh. Be fair.


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Reward them:


Rewards are not just for good behavior. You can teach your sensitive kid right from wrong by offering a
reward to stop or change future behaviors.

Kids already feel bad when they do something wrong; instead, use this as a teachable moment and offer them the opportunity to earn a reward.

In order for the reward method to work it must be attainable, and you must deliver on your promise.


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Give your undivided attention:


Some behaviors are a result of a child seeking attention, they’re missing a connection.

Spend one-on-one time with them without distractions every single day. When something does happen, deal with the emotion first, then the discipline.

It’s important that your kids know you are readily available for them, especially in the younger years. Make every effort to help them feel loved, important and secure.

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Be consistent:


Inconsistency in rules, routine, and expectations is the worst environment for a sensitive child.

They take all feedback to heart and when they can’t meet expectations because the rules are ever-changing, they are left in turmoil.

Kids have enough time trying to navigate this world without us making it more complicated for them. Be consistent and give them praise often.


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Give them a warning and reminders:


Sensitive kids tend to react strongly to failure, correction and change. They are already hard on themselves.

I love the idea of giving a warning; this gives your child an opportunity to change their behavior and ‘save face’ so to speak.

You can then praise and reinforce the positive behaviors you expect from them, And for those sensitives that seem to struggle with a change of plans, a 5 or 10 minute warning goes a long way.


Living with a sensitive child can be challenging and rewarding.  Just be considerate and in tune with their special needs and you’ll have a great relationship.

Good luck to you Mama.

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5 Good Reasons You Should Let Boys Cry

5 Good Reasons You Should Let Boys Cry

With male teenage suicide rates on the rise, the old adage “big boys don’t cry” may need to be readdressed.

Traditionally boys are taught to be tough, not to cry, and shrug off their emotions.

However, recent studies are showing this may not be the healthiest strategy to teach boys how to handle emotion.

While no one wants to raise what may be considered a “mama’s boy” or a “wimp”, boys need to be allowed to feel a range of emotions, and they need to be taught how to acknowledge and manage them in an appropriate way.

In light of this realization, there has been a huge push recently to teach our children, boys included, what has been coined as Emotional Intelligence.

Proven to be equally as important as academic intelligence when considering overall child development, Emotional Intelligence helps children identify and manage emotions.

This helps them understand themselves better, how to react and respond appropriately, as well as be able to understand the emotions of others.

In turn, this prepares them to be better siblings, friends, and partners. Under those pretenses, here are 5 reasons why you should let boys cry.


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  1. Prior to puberty, boys are more likely than girls to experience symptoms of depression. When they are told not to cry and stifle their urge to do so, the emotion behind that urge doesn’t simply disappear. Stifled sadness can quickly turn to anger in boys and young men and is often released in bursts of anger or defiance. They don’t understand the anger or where it stems from, and it builds until they find some way to let the anger out externally. This can lead to behavior issues at school, with peers, and at home.
  1. When boys are taught to express their emotions and stay connected to their feelings, they learn to manage their anger in healthier, more productive ways. Instead of acting out in anger, they can learn healthy alternatives to deal with their feelings, such as talking to a parent about it, taking it out on a workout, writing it out in a journal, or expressing it playing guitar, for example.
  1. Boys who don’t express their emotions grow into men who don’t know how to express themselves or be emotionally available. This can cause issues in marriages, in parenting, as well as in work relationships. If we teach young boys appropriate ways to deal with emotions and emotional situations, they will grow up better able to handle these circumstances as men. Marriages will be healthier, fathers will be better equipped to deal with tough issues with their children, and employees with be more productive and better team players.
  1. As boys are taught to “man up” and hide their emotions, the coping method they learn is to become stoic, shut down, and keep their feelings to themselves. Studies have shown that this directly correlates to men being less likely to seek mental health assistance when needed, leading to higher rates of clinical depression, anxiety, and similar issues that can accelerate and worsen when left unaddressed.
  1. Allowing your boy to cry, while telling him you understand how he feels and providing guidance on appropriate ways to handle that emotion, provides him a sense of belonging, of being understood, and of being loved for who he is. This builds self-esteem and strengthens the parent-child bond. This is not to be confused with coddling or over-protecting a child but should be considered as an excellent way to model and teach acceptable outlets for expressing emotion.

Boys feel all the same emotions girls do.

For some reason, our society has traditionally thought it was okay for girls to show these emotions while boys were expected to toughen up and hold it in.

This has lead to generations of men who don’t know how to connect emotionally in numerous aspects of their lives.

If we can allow our boys to cry while also teaching healthy ways to express and manage their emotions, we can raise a generation of men better prepared to handle stressful situations, be better partners, and live overall healthier, happier lives without sacrificing their masculinity.


4 Ways To Support A Bullied Child

4 Ways To Support A Bullied Child

No parent likes to think about the possibility of their child being bullied, but the reality is that it is extremely common, with an incredible 160,000 children a day avoiding school due to the fear of bullying and 33% of children reporting experiences of school bullying.

These are incredibly sad statistics.

These kids exist in a constant state of fear of physical, verbal and emotional abuse.

Not only that, but as well as bullying victims, the act always involves a perpetrator and usually witnesses, so it’s very probable that you will have to face the issue in some capacity at some point.

So let’s talk about how you can help your child.


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How Does Bullying Impact a Child?


Children that do manage to attend class often experience high levels of anxiety and depression.

Over a long period of time, this heightened level of stress can have lasting effects that can be detrimental to a child’s development and outlook on life.

If left to fester and continue, bullying can impact them for the remainder of their lives.

Chronic experiences of bullying can have a catastrophic impact on a child’s self-worth and ability to trust others.

They can also have great difficulties bonding with others and creating positive relationships and sadly are at a greater risk of substance abuse.

In light of these facts, it’s clear that as parents, caregivers, and educators we need to take a proactive approach to prevent bullying from ever occurring.

It’s not always straightforward to identify a bully, so it’s helpful to be knowledgeable of other less clear signs.


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How to Identify Bullying


The best thing you can do to help is to teach your own child how to identify bullying.

Explain to them how they can identify it when they witness it and not be scared to name it.

Educate them that when another individual invokes feelings of shame, guilt or makes them scared that they need to go away from that person and realize that the individual is a bully.

Encourage them to tell you if they ever feel like themselves or anyone else is being isolated from the group.

Explain to them that there is nothing wrong with them and that if they are ever being bullied; the bully is the one with the issues.

Typically, if a child is a bully, there is something adrift in that child’s life.

Frequently, this can be due to being a former victim of bullying themselves, or maybe they come from a dysfunctional household.

Often they are quite envious of their victims and are seeking validation from peers. Sometimes they may have issues dealing with their own feelings and therefore, their actions.

Character traits in children often have a huge part to play in behavior and development.

Emphasize to your child how much you love them and care for them. Highlight how much influence they have over their lives and how tough they are.

Encourage them to communicate with you by communicating with them.


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Zero Tolerance for Bullying


If you discover your child is being bullied, reassure them that you will handle it and then proceed.

Have a talk with your child’s teacher and if you can the bullies parents. Every adult that has a role to play should be made alert to the issue and you should all aim to cooperate in order to resolve the problem.

If the conversation doesn’t seem to resolve the issue and the bullying continues, you will need to go up the ranks and make an appointment to see the principal.

In the meantime, you can instruct your child with sensible ways to deal with the bullying.

Firstly, tell them to avoid the person as much as they can and not to antagonize the assailant in any way.

You will then have to be prepared to go to battle for them and don’t give up until the issue is fully resolved.

Letting the bully win will only lead to more suffering for your child and when they see you making a stand for them, they will find the courage to stand up for themselves too.


How to Overcome Bullying


It’s not possible to be with your child 24 hours a day, therefore, it’s essential you teach them how to overcome bullying and beat it, even when the bully is right in front of them.

A great approach is to make your child feel courageous and strong in the face of bullies and that can easily be achieved through a role-playing game.

If they know exactly how to deal with the situation before it occurs, they will be ready to deal with bullying when and wherever it happens.


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Provide a range of situations where bullying could occur, including the bus, walking home and so on, via the art of role-playing games.

As the parent, you act the role of bully and instruct your child how to react in a positive way.

This can really help them verbalize and communicate better when the times comes. If your child is a little passive and shy, then don’t worry, what’s essential is that they feel cared for and supported.

Instruct them to say confidently and clearly, “No, Stop it.”

Or perhaps “I am going to tell the teacher”, emphasize that this is never wrong if people feel scared.

Highlight that their opinion matters, bullying is always wrong and adults will always put a stop to it.


Everyone Involved can Help


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If you have ended up here and think your child may actually be the bully, that doesn’t mean you have failed as a parent.

In effect, since you have come to that conclusion means you can be a big player in fixing it. You have the influence to put a stop to it and fast before anyone else has to suffer.

Be aware that you need to lay down the rules for your child and the potential consequences for breaking them. This will be positive for them and the child they bully.

You can even make a huge change if your child isn’t the bully or the victim; you simply need to teach them how to recognize bullying.

Encourage them to make a stand against anyone who partakes in bullying and to always inform an adult.

In reality, children can make a huge difference, since they often hold more influence over their peers than any adult does.

If no one makes a change, who will? We need to be prepared to stand up for our children and any other child who may be a victim of bullying. Don’t just wait for someone to speak out, be prepared to speak out on your own accord.

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4 Steps Moms Should Take When Their Teens Start Dating

4 Steps Moms Should Take When Their Teens Start Dating

No matter how old your child is, they will always be your baby.

But that doesn’t mean your baby won’t grow up.

When your child becomes old enough to start dating, things can get scary. It’s a big leap for all of you and you need to be thinking ahead.

So let’s prepare for these big changes by learning the four steps every mom should take when their teen starts dating.

Here we go!


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Set Ground Rules


One of the best things you can do before your child is ready to date is to set up some rules that they understand have to be followed at all times. 

This means that before dating even becomes a thing in your home, you have made it very clear to your child how you feel, and what’s expected, including what age they are allowed to start.


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 List out all of your rules including where they are allowed to go, if they have to go in a group, and when you would expect them home.

If you have these “rules” in place before dating begins, then your child won’t have false expectations, and everything is likely to go more smoothly. 


Discuss Physical Relationships


The topic of sex and physical relationships doesn’t have to be tough or awkward and it’s really important. 

There is no set age when a child will become interested in sex, and it is dangerous to assume they are too young.

Kids see things in movies, hear things from friends, and know more than you think, which is why it is important that you discuss sex with them at a fairly early age.

Statistics show that children who have had parents who openly discuss sex typically delay sexual interactions, use protection when they finally decide to have sex, and have fewer partners.  

So don’t be afraid to dive right in and tell them they can come to you and tell you ANYTHING at any time.


Do Your Research


You can find a lot out about your children’s potential date by doing some online research.

Search Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media sites.

Ask around to other parents and acquaintances who have contact with the prospective child.

Reach out to his or her parents, and learn a little more about them as well as your child’s love interest. 

This will help ease your mind and you can discuss it further with your child.


Meet Their Date


No matter how much your teen protests, never let your child go running out the door without meeting their date first.

It is important for you to know who he or she is.

Plus, when your child has to bring their date inside to say hello, it sets the tone for the night.

Without words it allows you to say “I am here, watching, and expecting you to treat my child right.”

And in reality, if your teen can’t handle bringing their date inside, then they probably aren’t ready to go on a date in the first place. 

No mom is ever ready to have their baby grow up, but we all know we can’t stop it from happening. 

However, we can do everything in our power to keep them safe and prepare them for what’s to come. 

Most importantly let your child know that you are always there for them and they can talk to you at any time with stress or worry.

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Raise A Smarter Child With These Proven Tips

Raise A Smarter Child With These Proven Tips

During the early years, what and how your child learns is critical to their intelligence and will affect them into adulthood.

But did you know that you can foster and nurture them and their environment so they can live up to their fullest potential?

There are some really simple things you can do that will greatly improve their intelligence and we’ve got the scoop.

Here’s how to raise a smarter child with proven tips backed by science. Check it out below.

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Start Education And Learning Young


Children taught at an early age have improved social skills, a longer attention span, and better grades later on.

Studies have shown that children who participate in a Pre-K education are more behaved and have higher IQ’s than their peers when enrolling in

When you start early, children see education as a part of their daily routine and they are more likely to be focused while in the classroom and adapt easier to structured education in the future.

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Give them opportunities to be social, even at a young age



Communication and language is the key to learning at a young age. When children spend time with others their communication improves.

Studies have shown that children learn habits, good or bad, from those peers they spend the most time with.

Giving them plenty of opportunity for social interaction will help them build the skills they need to succeed later on in life.


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Feed their curiosity


Children are curious by nature.  They are constantly seeking out new experiences and knowledge. Research suggests that the higher the curiosity, the higher the academic achievement.

When you encourage and feed that curiosity you’re helping them stay motivated to learn and setting them up to succeed academically.

Learning opportunities are all around us; teach your child there is something to be learned no matter the environment or situation.


Exploration can lead to greatness


Be present in the moment with them. Talk to your kids, interact with them and show them love and compassion.

When your children have a peaceful, supporting home environment you are giving them the peace of mind and comfort they need to perform at their best.



Turmoil or chaos in your home can make it difficult for a child to feel grounded or safe and can cripple them emotionally.

The more you are available to answer questions and encourage that curious little mind, the more they’ll learn.


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Books, Books, Books


Read to them, have them read to you, and encourage independent reading.

Reading from a young age, and limiting screen time is an exercise for your child’s brain.

Reading enhances language skills and concentration. A great story allows their imagination and curiosity to
run free yet also opens the door to other parts of the world or information that they might not
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Reading takes your child on a journey to new things; children who read regularly typically have higher intelligence and do well in school.


Assign them age-appropriate chores


Chores help children to adhere to a schedule while teaching them responsibility.

Chores show them what is expected and helps them to be able to contribute to the household and work as a team.

As children get older, chores give them a great start at independence and helps them build a strong work ethic for the future.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach children about responsibility, caring for the household and how to come together as a family.



Let them play


Because children learn the most through their peers it’s important to spend time with them playing and having fun.

Not only is this good for their emotional IQ but play allows them the opportunity to continue learning without the stressor of a structured environment.

Imaginative play and games are all part of learning for kids. Playtime shows them it’s important to have a healthy balance of work and play in life.


Make music a part of their life


Expose your children to all kinds of music, starting with classical and soothing music when they are young. Encourage them to sing and dance.

Let them play an instrument, or two, or three.  Music is a wonderful way for children to express themselves.

It has been proven that children involved in music tend to have higher IQ’s.

Music improves a child’s academic, physical and social skills.

It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “Music makes you smarter.” It does.


Doing these 8 things really will help you provide an environment where your child’s intelligence can fully bloom. If you want even more tips check out this post on Inc. 

Good Luck To you and your family!

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6 Positive Strategies for Raising a Strong-Willed Child

6 Positive Strategies for Raising a Strong-Willed Child

Strong-willed children can be a real challenge to deal with. They often make day to day life pretty difficult. 

But being strong-willed is an awesome trait for your child to have. It means that they’re independent thinkers who will likely become leaders someday. 

They are natural-born Alphas. 

Dealing with them in a positive way will nurture their independence, and teach them to respect and identify their own emotions. 

It will also teach them to respect others, even those with different beliefs and opinions. 

Below are 6 Positive parenting strategies on how to deal with your strong-willed child. 


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Choices over Commands


Giving your child choices from the beginning takes away from the struggle and resistance that often comes up for strong-willed children.

When you choose to take the command approach you’re asking your child to not only conform, but teaching them to follow along with what others say even if it
doesn’t feel right; this could be dangerous later on.

Giving them choices teaches them independent thought that will serve them well into adulthood.

When you offer choices you are offering up a parameter that you are happy with, but also allowing the child to feel in control by making their own decisions.

It truly is a win, win for both of you.


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Routine, Routine, Routine


Routine is important for all children no matter the temperament, but for the strong-willed child, it is absolutely necessary.

When you are consistent you are showing them what is expected and helping them adapt; limiting the questioning and confusion that leads to difficult behavior.

Implementing certain rules teaches the child that things won’t always go their way and that there are consequences.

It needs to be crystal clear to them what is acceptable, and what isn’t. Help them understand that rules and the people around them aren’t
going to change just because they want it to.

Life can be difficult to navigate, help them by being fair and consistent in your routine and your application of the rules and consequences.


Give a Heads Up and a Warning before Change


 Change is difficult for young children and especially those that are headstrong and independent thinkers.

They have learned behavior and expect things to happen a certain way; when it doesn’t, it becomes frustrating and confusing and they may start to question your routine
and rules as a whole.

By giving them a warning or heads up, you are allowing them enough time to go through their emotions, the thought process and come to terms with what you need to have happened.

Don’t let them or the system break down, respect their need for communication and give them the time they need to adjust.


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Listen for the Purpose of Understanding


When your child is trying to express their emotions, their frustrations, wants or needs, it’s important you give them your full attention and listen with the intent of
understanding things from their perspective.

Children have a tough time communicating; they’re still figuring it all out but active listening, watching their body language, and recognizing the tone of their voice can help them be understood.

A strong-willed child is such a blessing and you’re going to be so proud of the person they become, help them by being their advocate, mentor and most importantly, Mom.


Ask a lot of Questions


One of the coolest parts of raising a strong-willed child is that they usually don’t have a problem telling you what they want and need when they are able.

For toddlers and young children they may not be able to fully convey their thoughts and emotion, it’s up to you to ask questions that get to the heart of
what they are trying to tell to you.

It’s easy to have an immediate response, give demands when you’re trying to get something done but you’ll help your child communicate if you take the time to dig deeper; you do this by asking a lot of questions.

If your child is experiencing extreme emotions (positive or negative) you’ll be amazed at what asking questions can do to calm them down and bring them back to normal.

It’s the recognition that you are listening and giving them the outlet they need to communicate.


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Be Consistent


Be consistent in your own actions and behaviors. By following through, doing what you say every time, staying true to your word and keeping those promises you eliminate confusion and show your child they can rely on and trust you.

 If you want to connect with your child on a deeper, personal level be this person for them. It will strengthen your relationship throughout your entire lives.


Learning to nurture a strong-willed child is a great way to help them develop into a robust adult. 

Negative reinforcement in the case of a child like this can be really harmful and have a very negative impact on your relationship because they won’t feel heard or understood. 

Using the 6 positive parenting strategies above are a great way for you to foster your relationship and help them grow. 

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