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Rebecca Eanes

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

Articles by Rebecca

Hygge through the Holidays

Would you like a cozier, happier holiday season in 2017? I think it would be a much needed ending to what could surely be described as a crazy year here in America. “Hustle and bustle” is the American way of holidays, but what if we looked to our happy friends in Denmark (the happiest country in the world in 2016 and second happiest in 2017 while the U.S. was ranked 13th and 14th respectively) to learn a fresh way to do the holidays?

25 Days of Christmas Giving, Simple Giving Activities for Children

The Holiday Season is upon us again, and I’m going to start a new family tradition. I’d like to take my kids’ focus off of getting and onto giving for a few minutes each day. To do this, I’m going to stuff an extra slip of paper into our advent wall calendar. Normally, each pocket holds a fun family activity drawn from this list. This year, each pocket will also include a giving activity – either giving time, giving from the heart, lending a hand, or giving a material item. I want my children to understand that they are spreaders of kindness and cheer, not merely receivers of it. I want to empower them to make a positive difference in the world and teach them that every human, no matter how old or how small, can make a big impact! Here’s what I’m writing on our slips of paper.

Behavior is Communication – Are You Listening?

When my firstborn son was three, he began acting defiant and out of sorts. What I saw then as a call for discipline I soon learned was a call for connection. He was telling me, through his actions, that he was feeling bad inside. More recently, when he began coming straight home from middle school and going to his room, I immediately knew he was communicating something to me. What many disregard as tween attitude is really a call for help. My boy was overwhelmed with new teachers, a new schedule, and the social pressures of middle school. He was anxious, worried, and feeling less confident. Had I not recognized his behavior as a signal, I would have likely made things worse by remarking on his withdrawal and attitude.

50 Fun Snow Day Activities

I feel like we skipped autumn completely in my neck of the woods. Last week it was 84 degrees, today it’s 44 and we are expecting snow flurries in a few days. All too soon, the white stuff will cover our lawns. There’s nothing quite so satisfying to a child’s heart as waking up to see the snow flying and hearing that school has been canceled! However, kids do get restless after a few hours of boredom so here are 50 fun ideas to keep them entertained.

Kids are People, Too – Treating Children with Kindness and Respect

"Most adults treat kids like we are worth less than they are - like they can talk to us however they want because our brains aren't fully matured and they think it won't hurt, but it does." - 11 year old boy

10 Backyard Games for Parties or Family Fun

These backyard games are great for birthday parties, sleepovers, get-togethers, or just plain ole family fun! I’ve pulled together ten simple yet super fun games to make your house the best place to hang on the block!

6 Alternatives to Punishment

Discipline shouldn’t be about the coolest and most creative way to punish our children but about the best way to reach their hearts. Lasting positive change occurs when kids feel good about who they are plus are empowered with skills and tools to do the right thing.

Three Ways to Help Anxious Children

My son recently started middle school. In the days leading up to and the several weeks since, he has been fraught with anxiety. He’s a worrier and a perfectionist, and I’m trying to teach him that he’s perfect just the way he is, even when he’s worrying.

The Benefits of Performing Arts

My two sons have always preferred the theater to the ballfield. They aspire to careers in acting, filmmaking, and directing, and while I will admit that not being into sports has, at times, caused them to be left out among their peers, I see the many benefits of theatre bearing fruit in their lives.

Create a Portable Sensory and Emotional Toolkit for Kids

When my firstborn son was 3, I began using time-in with him as my highly sensitive boy found time-outs very distressing. I created a peaceful space for him which included a comfortable pillow, stuffed animal, sensory rice bin, calming glitter jar, board books, and coloring pages.

3 Ways to Diffuse a Power Struggle with Your Child

It’s not an uncommon scenario – your kid wants one thing and you want another, so you get caught up in another power struggle, each of you arguing back and forth trying to be heard and respected. Break the cycle by trying one of these three strategies the next time you and your kid go toe to toe.

Give Your Kids a 1980s Halloween

It seems we’ve traded in creativity and simplicity for yet another hyped up holiday extravaganza that we can’t wait to show off to our 1,273 Facebook friends! Maybe it’s time to take it down a notch and give our kids a good old-fashioned 1980s Halloween. Here’s how.

If You’re Suffering with Loneliness

In truth, ending loneliness is first about self-acceptance. It’s about giving yourself compassion, grace, understanding, and love. Determining that you are, indeed, worthy of such good things is the first step.

Three Positive Discipline Tools You Can Begin Using Today

Positive Discipline is an approach that teaches rather than punishes. There are many positive discipline educators, but today I’d like to highlight the work of Dr. Jane Nelsen, founder of the Positive Discipline program and author or co-author of the Positive Discipline Series. She is a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor in South Jordan, UT and San Diego, CA. Dr. Nelsen has created the Positive Discipline Tool Cards which are a wonderful resource for parents to utilize. I’m pulling out 3 of the 52 cards to discuss. These three tools will help you get started with the Positive Discipline approach or, for seasoned positive parents, will give you a nice refresher.

One Thing I Changed that Made Me a Happier Mom

One of the most shocking things about motherhood for me is how long it’s been hard. I confess, when my boys were just tiny tots, I had this idea in my head. I told myself “when they’re 6 and 4, it’ll be easier.” I reasoned that, surely by then they’d both be sleeping well, potty trained, and those wacky toddler behaviors would have passed and things would definitely be smooth sailing from there. Then suddenly my kids were 6 and 4 and it was still hard, just in a different way. They were potty trained and sleeping better, but there was still so much to do and so much to teach. So I told myself, “when they are 10 and 8, this will definitely, for sure, be easier.”

10 Children's Books that Inspire Creativity

Creativity is good for emotional health. It acts as a buffer against stress, helps children be more flexible and better problem-solvers, and allows free expression.

Fall S.T.E.A.M. Activities

The fall season brings to mind images of pumpkins, apples, and leaves, so how much fun would it be to incorporate these into a few S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities for your little ones? Here are 6 challenges and experiments to try with your family this fall.

7 Questions to Unite Parents

It is not uncommon for parents to bring different views on childrearing to the table. You were, after all, raised in different environments and have completely different stories which define your beliefs and attitudes about what it means to be a parent and what that role entails. Sometimes these contrasting views can drive a wedge in relationships and lead to whole host of problems within the home.

Dealing with After School Meltdowns

The start of a new school year is filled with emotions. In fact, the entire school year has its highs and lows, and it’s a lot for children to process. As they navigate their way through different teachers, new peers, a myriad of social situations, awkward moments, strange hallways, locker combinations, and crazy schedules, those emotional meters may tip out of balance.

The Benefits of Hobbies for Children and Where to Begin

Does your child have a hobby? If not, it may be worthwhile to help him find one. Having a hobby provides loads of benefits for kids, including:
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