Making Sense of Peer Orientation

“When children become preoccupied with their peers and would prefer to be with them rather than with us, it is a sign for us that we must win them back. I tell parents to look for two warning signs of peer orientation. The first is when a child does not seem to be able to…

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New Offering: Personalized Group Classes!

I am so excited to announce a new Handmade Parenting offering: personalized group classes!  What are they? These are small classes (2-6 parents) in which we will address exactly the issue(s) that your group is interested in! Is 6th grade throwing your child for a loop? Grab some friends and let’s have a class about…

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What if Your Child’s Frustration Could Connect You?

Whether our children are toddlers or teenagers most of us know that sinking feeling that occurs when our child begins to explode–whether it be the back-arching of the toddler, the sibling hitting of the seven-year old or the hissed “I hate you” of the teenager. These moments, and the long moments that follow, are often…

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Don’t Cut Those Apron Strings…

Adolescence: a time to “get back your life,” to “let go,”, to “push independence”…or, maybe not. These common cultural ideas around adolescence  don’t actually reflect what our teens really need from us.  When their children become teenagers, parents often feel that their job is somewhat “done;” that they can devote more time to their pursuits:…

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