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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

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.

The Mind-Blowing Link Between Happiness and Creativity

More and more research is emerging on the link between happiness and creativity, and what researchers are finding is astounding.

8 Mind-Blowing Facts About Happiness

What determines your happiness? Is it your bank account? Your health report? Your pants size? Your kid’s success? Guillaume Apollinaire famously said, “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Today, let’s pause in our pursuit and check out these 8 mind-blowing facts that just might change how you think of happiness.

50 Encouraging Phrases for Kids

Have you ever watched the show Brain Games? My kids love it. In season 3, episode 5, which is titled “Stress Test,” players were given a specific amount of time to complete a task while someone was saying critical remarks to them. They almost always failed. Then, they were given the same amount of time to complete the same task while someone said encouraging words to them. The results were dramatic. With a bit of encouragement, the players were able to complete the task much faster and easier. The bottom line? Encouragement matters.

Two Parenting Secrets of the Happy Danes

We all want to raise happy children, so who better to ask how to do that than the Danes? Denmark is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world, churning out generation after generation of happy people. It seemed logical to turn to the book, The Danish Way of Parenting – A Guide to Raising the Happiest Children in the World by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Sandahl, to find insight. Within this gem of a book are several Danish secrets, two of which I’m going to share with you here.

7 Tips to Stop Disrespect

Being on the receiving end of a disrespectful tone, eye roll, or door slam can be difficult for parents to handle positively. When our children are disrespectful, it’s very triggering for most of us. Our typical reaction is to wield our parental power to make it stop, whether through issuing a punishment or coming back with a bigger, worse attitude.

Six Ways to Ease Your Child’s Transition to School or Daycare

First day jitters are common for kids and parents, alike. Face those feelings of separation anxiety or uncertainty head on.

31 Days of Play in August

Carve a little time out in your day for some fun summer activities with the kids!
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