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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

You’ll Miss This Stage, Too

I spoke with my mother-in-law the other day. I was telling her how hard this tween stage could be at times. She gave a gentle smile and said, “At least you know where he is. What you’re in now, it may seem hard, but you’re in the easy part. When they leave, that’s hard.” She raised 4 wonderful people, and 3 of them now live in a different state than she does. She rarely sees her children. Her days are spent in a quiet, neat home with nothing but time on her hands, and she misses her children every single day. Children are noisy, but silence is deafening.

The One Parenting Tip to Remember

The further along I get in this game, the more I’m convinced that there is no right way to play for every team but that there is a best way for each individual, unique team. We can all have different playbooks and still play really well, but there is one single quality every team must have to succeed.

5 Ways to Add Joy to the Holiday Season

Twinkling lights and our favorite holiday tunes remind us of Christmases past, evoking nostalgia and a warm sense of joy. Yet, for many of us, our to-do lists rival Santa’s long list of boys and girls, and in the whirling rush to get it all accomplished, stress can creep in and steal our joy. Follow these 5 tips to ensure that joy wins out this season.

5 Things to Ditch for a Happier Holiday Season

What used to be a season filled with joy, wonder, magic, and togetherness has become, for many parents, a season of stress that we can’t wait to end.There’s so much focus on looking like we have it all together instead of just being together. It’s time to stop the madness! Ditch these 5 things and be less stressed this holiday season.

50 Countdown to Christmas Activities for Kids

One of my family's favorite Christmas traditions is our countdown activity calendar, so I thought I’d share with you 50 activities to choose from in case you’d like to start your own countdown tradition.

Family Traditions that Stand the Test of Time

As children grow and the family dynamics change, maintaining family traditions can be a challenge. The traditions outlined here can grow with your family so that you will enjoy them for all the years that your children are at home.

Childhood Holiday Traditions: Sparking Joy, Wonder, and Imagination

I remember as a child lying in bed on Christmas Eve night with eager anticipation, listening for the sound of hooves on my roof. I recall the joy and wonder of waking to find that the cookies had been eaten, the milk had been drunk, and a present awaited. The lights twinkled on the Christmas tree. The smell of dressing filled the home. Amidst the traditions of Christmas, I felt truly loved.

Six Things an Orchid Child Needs to Bloom

In a 2005 article by Bruce J. Ellis and W. Thomas Boyce, the researchers borrowed a Swedish term, orkidbarne, to name a surprising new concept in child development and genetics. Orkidbarne means orchid child, and describes children who are genetically sensitive. Unlike their counterparts, maskrosbarne, or the dandelion child, who are more psychologically resilient, orchid children are heavily affected by their home environments and the parenting they receive.

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.
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