Toys I Love!

Toys I Love!

What Toys Are Best for Children's Development?

 

I don't buy into the consumerism-driven idea that we need complicated, entertaining toys to engage our children.

 

Less is more, simple is best.

 

Below you will find my favorite simple toys for supporting immersive, independent play and optimal development in young children.

Ending Car Seat Power Struggles for GOOD!

Ending Car Seat Power Struggles for GOOD!

Ok, so parents in my Balanced Parenting Group on Facebook (click to join!) have been asking me to post my method for handling car seat power struggles. Well, here it is!

I have used this with both of my children when they entered the car seat resistance stage at about 10 mo. I also coached my husband through it with both kids at about 15 months. (They would sit and get buckled for me with no resistance, but with my husband they would climb around the car, refuse to sit down or turn around, etc.). Plus countless clients and parents on forums on Facebook. But it takes preparation and commitment!

Random Acts of Connection

Random Acts of Connection

My Balanced Parent coaching couples who are working on improving their relationship love it when I have them play my "Random Acts of Connection" game. Random Acts of Connection is a game where the couple chooses little tasks to carry out between appointments aimed at nurturing friendship, love, and connection, and then come back and report how it went. It is an incredibly powerful intervention for a few reasons. Read on for more and to get your own copy of the game!

Top Ten Podcasts for Balanced Parents

Top Ten Podcasts for Balanced Parents

I am often asked by the parents I work with for quick, easy ways for them to learn more about my approach to parenting. These parents are often very busy and don't want to spend their precious free-time reading parenting books. They want to spend it playing with their kids, chatting with friends, doing yoga, or connecting with their partner. This is something I support whole-heartedly! Your time is valuable and you should spend it doing what you love! Let others (like me) do the reading and distill it for you!