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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

Healing the Parent-Child Relationship in 6 Steps

Life, as we all know, is not perfect. Relationships can be messy, and distance can grow between us for many different reasons. Though the fault may not entirely lie with us, it is our responsibility as the parent to heal the relationship and reconnect with our children.

30 Days of Gratitude for Kids

In November, it’s common to express gratitude each day of the month with hashtags like #thankful on social media. In this spirit of this modern digital tradition, I've put together 30 days of journal prompts and acts of kindness for parents to try with their kids when you're offline.

16 Simple Thanksgiving Crafts for Little Kids

I love this time of year because it’s so rich in family traditions, togetherness, and the spirit of gratitude. I also happen to love pumpkins, turkeys, and scarecrows, and all of the simple seasonally-inspired crafts you can make with them.

Don’t Punch the Pillow: 10 Ways to Calm an Angry Child

Anger is a perfectly normal emotion, and learning to manage it appropriately is one key to emotional health and well-being. If your child is having frequent angry outbursts, it’s important to get to the root of the issue and teach them calming strategies that work.

Irish Parenting: What Can Americans Learn from Ireland?

I am fascinated by the cultural differences in parenting around the globe. I previously wrote a piece on the Danes and now I'm turning my attention to the land of my ancestors: Ireland.

13 Fun Family-Friendly Halloween Activities

Are you ready for some spooky fun with your family? Halloween is just around the corner, so I’ve searched the internet for great activities and gathered 13 family favorites. Happy Halloween!

The Importance of a Good Halloween Costume

The masks we wear not only make us look different, but they make us feel different. On a night where the shy child can feel like a butterfly and the bullied child can feel like a strong superhero, maybe a little more attention and intention should go into this year’s Halloween costume picks.

How Kids Around the World Celebrate Halloween

In our house, Halloween is a time for painting pumpkins, watching scary(ish) movies, and dressing up as the kids’ latest obsession (Lego minifigs, anyone?) for an evening of trick or treating, because who doesn’t love buckets of candy? Let’s take a look at how kids around the world celebrate Halloween.

A Compassionate Response to Tantrums

Time and again, I see and hear advice to ignore children who are in emotional distress. There are several well-intended but poorly conceived intentions at play here that we need to address in order to bring compassion to our responses with our children.

The Psychology of Imaginary Friends

When I was a child, I had an imaginary horse named Thunder, an imaginary black panther that could talk, and even an imaginary frenemy. I always assumed that I had so many imaginary companions because I was an only child, but it turns out I’ve just always had a vivid imagination.

12 Creative Pumpkin Projects

There’s nothing like ringing in fall with a trip to the pumpkin patch to watch the kids load up a wagon with their hand-picked choices. The question is, what are you going to do with all those pumpkins now? I’ve rounded up 12 ideas to put those pumpkins to use while spending quality family time together. Happy fall!

15 Ways to Connect with Your Child in Five Minutes or Less

While I’ll always advocate for slowing down and savoring those precious miracle moments with our loved ones, I understand that some days are just so packed that there are only a few spare minutes with which to connect with our kids. For those days, here are 15 ways to connect in just five minutes or less.

Love and Limits

Parenting very often feels like a balancing act. It can be tricky to find the sweet spot between permissive and authoritarian, that ideal place that many experts refer to as authoritative.

The Value of Extracurricular Activities

Karate, Cub Scouts, baseball, and acting classes are just a few of the extracurricular activities that we have undertaken.

The Lessons My Children Taught Me

I’ve taught my children many, many things in my decade of parenting, but the lessons they’ve taught me are far greater and more valuable than I ever expected.

8 Outdoor STEM Activities

School may be back in for most of us, but learning doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of opportunities in our own backyard for children to learn science, technology, engineering, and math.

6 Parenting Phrases to Reconsider

We often repeat the same phrases that we heard when we were children without giving them much thought. I think it’s always good to pause and reflect on the language we are using and if they are in line with our current values and family goals.

14 Fun Fall-Themed Toddler Activities

Autumn is just around the corner, so I’ve rounded up 14 fun fall-themed activities to do with your toddler this season. Have fun!

8 Phrases to Eradicate from Your Child’s Vocabulary

Helping our children develop a positive inner voice is one of the big jobs of parenting. It’s an easier job for parents with children who tend to be more optimistic, and more of a challenge for parents of kids who are naturally self-critical. We're all wired a bit differently, but there are things we can do to help.

30 Days of Play in September

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall again. Fall is a wonderful time of year because the temperatures are mild, the foliage is beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities for play! Here are 30 ideas to kick off fall the playful way.
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