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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

The Toxic Effects of Shaming Children

Shame has long been wielded as a powerful tool to modify a child’s behavior. Shaming is quick and often effective, so don’t be fooled into taking the easy way out. There is a valuable, worthy human being behind that behavior.

Three Simple Steps to Effective Parenting

Has parenting lost its joy? Does the end of the day find you overwhelmed, upset, or disappointed at the outcome yet again? I totally get it! I was there, too! Thankfully, I discovered three terrific secrets to effective parenting. It’s not easy, but it works. If you want to get back your joy and go to bed at night feeling good about your day, try these.

3 Easy and Creative Lego Games

Children love to play with Legos and blocks, so why not change it up a bit and play games with them! Try these game variations with your kids from Positive Parenting author, Rebecca Eanes.

Discipline Through Play

Discipline doesn't mean to punish. Rather than focusing on busting bad behavior, it is more effective to teach what is acceptable. There are many ways to teach a child, and I have found that teaching through play has a big impact.

The Message Behind “Be Good” and What to Say Instead

I realize that “be good” rolls off the tongue as easily as “eat your veggies,” but perhaps it’s time to retire the phrase in favor of more helpful and positive language. What do you think? Do you say “be good” often? Does it yield positive results?

Does Time-In Reward Children?

Children do not enter the world with bad intentions. They do not come to wear us out, test our limits, or seek control. They come with a need for love and guidance. - Rebecca Eanes

5 Habits That Make Parenthood Easier

Raising children is no easy task. The habits we form now have a great impact on how our future days will go. Read these five positive parenting habits that are created to make parenthood easier and more joyful.

A To-Do List for a Better Life

How much does your to-do list bring you connection, joy, and contentment? This to-do list is a set of intentions designed to fill my family's love tanks and build a stronger bond with each of my loved ones.

Playful Parenting Every Day

Play has a wide range of benefits for children. Through play, children release energy, reduce stress, and learn about life. They learn problem-solving skills, exercise creativity, use their imagination, and master new concepts. Through Positive Parenting, we can be playful with our children through everyday tasks, and connect more deeply with them.

Parenting: How to Raise a Problem-Solver

We want our children to be able to recognize problems and have the initiative to tackle the issue and find a solution, yet most conventional parenting practices involve parents solving the problem for the child. I believe we need to give the problem to whom it belongs – the child. Here are 4 questions to ask your child each time a problem arises that will help her grow to be a problem-solver.

The Changing Seasons of Motherhood

I remember the season when I had two tiny ones under my feet all day long, and the days were long. It was a season filled with wild emotions, exhaustion, unbelievable joy, discovery, and what felt like a never­-ending marathon of diaper changes.

8 Tips to Ignite Your Child's Love of Learning

Children naturally love to learn. Unfortunately, that love often gets stripped away by middle childhood as learning becomes competitive, directed, and overwhelming. Whether your child attends school outside the home or is home educated, these 8 tips will help ignite (or fan the flame of) your child's love of learning.

Positive Strategies for Better Behaved Kids

Children, like all human beings, behave better when they feel good about themselves and the world around them. As a social species, we all need to be seen, heard, understood, loved, and connected. When those needs are met – when our hearts are content – we all do better.

Why I'm Not Toughening Up My Children

A common theme I've noticed in the parenting community in my 5 years of running a popular Facebook parenting page and blog is that many parents are very concerned about “preparing children for the real world.” I get that. We are living in a harsh and oftentimes cruel world that does not revolve around my child or yours. So, it seems to some that the best way to prepare them for the harsh realities of the world is to let them face harshness in childhood. This will toughen them up and make them ready. It sounds like a reasonable plan, but don't count me in.

Kids Activities: 5 Must-Try Spring Play Recipes

The trees are budding, flowers are springing up, and the birds are singing. Spring is here at last! That means its time for lots of outdoor family fun. Here are my favorite play recipes for springtime outdoor play.

Replace the Time Out Chair for a Calm Down Area

When I learned that time-outs didn't work for my highly sensitive boy almost 6 years ago, I was led to look for an alternative for correcting his behavior. I found that a calm down area was much more effective for my sensitive son, and it worked just as well with my non-HSC (highly sensitive child) too.

Kids Activities: 15 “Eggciting” Ideas for Easter

What to do with all of these eggs?! Whether real eggs ready for boiling and coloring or plastic eggs waiting to be filled with treats, my guess is that your home, like mine, is running over with eggs. Here are 15 fun and creative kids activities to put those eggs to good use.

Parenting: Capturing Miracle Moments

Are you missing out on amazing moments with your children? Imagine how different we would be – how grateful and joyful – if we stopped to capture those miracle moments. Read more for parenting tips to capture those times we want to remember.

Parenting: 10 Ways to Nurture Your Child's Self-Concept

Self-concept can be defined as the view one has of herself and her abilities. A child’s self-concept begins to develop at birth. It begins with how adults respond to her. What can parents do to nurture a positive self-concept?

5 Things Your Toddler Needs You to Know

Hi there. I'm your toddler, and there's a few things you really need to know about me. Knowing these things will make things better for all of us. Also, please let me have a cookie while you read this.
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