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Rebecca Eanes

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of 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

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:

The Back-to-School List You Can’t Buy in Stores

There are some things your child needs before the first day of school that money can’t buy. Below is a list of skills that will help make your child’s school year successful.

Ideas for an Epic End of Summer Pool Party

Hosting an end-of-summer pool party is the perfect way to gather friends together to bid summertime farewell. Here are some great games, foods, and decorations to make your pool-party planning a breeze!

5 Reminders When Parenthood Feels Heavy

During different seasons and situations, I’ve felt the weight of parenthood like a heavy load laid upon my chest. On the days when parenthood feels heavy, these 10 reminders help me get through.

True Behavior Change Begins Here

I used to have a lot of tricks up my sleeve for bringing my son’s behavior into line. he problem was that none of my tricks reached his heart, and so none of them led to lasting positive change in behavior. The change happened when I stopped punishing his actions and started looking for and treating the cause of those actions.

Doing Stuff with Your Kids (Not Giving Them Stuff) Will Make Them Happier

I asked my children to rattle off to me their happiest memories. Among their answers were family trips to amusement parks and attractions, lying under the stars and watching for meteors, outdoor movies, swimming at a waterpark, and seeing the ocean for the first time. They didn’t mention one single toy, which is exactly what I was hoping for as I was wanting to prove the point to my 8 year old son that it is experiences, not things, that bring us the most joy.

Self-Growth: Embracing My Imperfections in Parenting

I’m glad I’m not a perfect parent. Here’s why.

Become an Emotionally Intelligent Parent

We all want to raise emotionally intelligent children because we understand how beneficial it is to their health, happiness, and success. Yet, how are we handling our own emotions? Are we steady or easily thrown? Can we control our moods and impulses? Are we mindfully aware of our emotional states and how they are affecting our children and families? Are we able to meet our children with empathy or are we quick to dismiss, judge, or react? Emotional intelligence is just as important for us as it is for our children, and learning to manage our emotions will help us be a better and more joyful parent.

7 Cheap Ways to Make Epic Summer Memories

Many families are fortunate to be able to take their children to Disney every year or spend a week building sand castles by the sea, but there are also many families for whom such extravagant vacations are out of reach. When I was a kid, we never took a family vacation. My parents simply couldn’t afford it, yet my summers were my happiest times because I was free to play.

A Safe Place to Feel Bad

I don’t think I’m alone in this – I hate when my children feel bad. I don’t want them to have to feel sadness or loneliness, grief or pain. I wish they were in a permanent bubble of joy, and no bad feelings could touch them. When they come home from school feeling sad because they were rejected or when they feel angry because something didn’t go as they’d hoped or planned, my initial reaction is to make it better. Then come the questions I desperately want to ask. “Why did he not let you play?”

Making Positive Parenting Work with Different Personalities

Positive Parenting works for all kids because kindness, respect, and love are universal. All human beings need these and all respond to them. This is the foundation of Positive Parenting.

What Dads Can Teach Children on Mother’s Day

When Father’s Day rolls around each year, I’m all over it. I take my kids to the store to pick out something special for Daddy. I sit down with them to make handmade cards. Last year we painted Super Dad trophies. In other words, I make an effort to teach my children to show love and appreciation to their dad on this special day. When Mother’s Day rolls around, I don’t quite get the same effort. Last year it was the end of the day when I finally said, “You know, it might be nice to have a card or something!” and my youngest son promptly scrawled on a blank sheet of paper and handed it to me. It’s not really the same if I have to ask for it, is it? I went to bed in tears, feeling very under appreciated.

Parenting Derailed – Getting Back on Track

Let’s talk about real life for a second, can we? Sometimes it just doesn’t go according to plan. We can be moving along just fine, being the kind of parent we feel good about being, then life throws something at us that knocks us completely off course. Maybe it’s the death of a friend or family member, or loss of a job or income, advice from a friend when you’re feeling vulnerable, or maybe it’s out-of-nowhere behavior from your child that completely baffles you and nudges you onto a different rail – one you’re not entirely comfortable traveling.

Only Nine More Summers

My boys have two weeks of school left, so we are counting down the days to summer vacation, but as a mom, I’m also counting down the number of summers I have left with them; nine with my youngest, and only seven with my oldest. Only nine more summers, and the beautiful days of childhood are gone forever.

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, like every other holiday, has been commercialized to turn a profit. In the scrambling for cards, flowers, and chocolate candies, perhaps the most important gifts are forgotten. Flowers are lovely, and cards are nice, but it’s the meaningful, heartfelt gifts that truly mean the most to us. This Mother’s Day, I’m giving this list to my family. I’m pretty sure any mother would be happy to receive something off this list as well, and not just for Mother’s Day, but any day!

11 Summer Reads for Harry Potter Lovers

Summer is nearly here, and so it’s time to start thinking about summer reading for your kids. If you have a child who loved the Harry Potter series or likes fantasy reads, here are some great book series to consider.

Bully-Proof Your Child with These 3 Skills

While there is no way to 100% bully-proof anyone, there are important skills we can teach our children to minimize the impact a bully has, to turn them away, and to help our children get out of sticky situations.

9 Engaging Ways to Get Kids to Listen (Without Yelling!)

“Come on! Hurry up! I asked you to get your shoes on!” Sound familiar?

Weathering Your Child’s Emotional Storms

“You don’t take on storms; you weather them.” – Dr. Gordon Neufeld
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