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How to get your kids to listen, a guide for parents by Nicole Schwarz, parent coach

Encouraging kids to listen: A Guide for Parents

Kids won’t listen? Feeling ignored? This guide will help you understand why your kids aren’t listening and what you can do to encourage them to listen well. In my parent coaching sessions, getting kids to listen is the #1 concern. Parents share these complaints: My kids ignore me. My kids

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What to do when kids get aggressive, a guide for parents by Nicole Schwarz, parent coach

When Kids Get Aggressive: A Guide For Parents

Parenting a child who hits, kicks, bites, or hurts others can feel overwhelming and confusing.  This guide will give you an overview of how to support your child when they are aggressive, and help them learn how to manage their big feelings without aggression. “How can we get our 5-year-old

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Helping your child learn to manage their anxiety. A guide for parents by Nicole Schwarz, LMFT Parent Coach

Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety: A Guide for Parents

If you are unsure how to help your anxious child, this guide will give you an overview of how the brain impacts your child’s anxiety and tips to help them manage anxious feelings with your support! Sometimes anxiety is a tiny nagging voice in the back of your mind asking,

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How to respond respectfully to your child's defiance and disrespect. Nicole Schwarz Imperfect Families

How to respectfully respond to your child’s disrespect and defiance

Use this list of tips to address your child’s defiance and disrespect in a way that keeps the relationship strong. “You can’t make me.” He stands defiantly, arms crossed. In the past, you may have yelled, “How dare you talk to me like that young man, get to your room!”

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Help your child navigate tricky social situations. Nicole Schwarz, Imperfect Families

Tricky Social Situations: 5 ways to empower kids

Don’t assume your child knows what to do or say at the next family gathering, friend’s birthday party, or other social situation. Prepare them in advance using these tips. A few weeks before Christmas, I asked my kids, “What would you say if someone gave you a gift you didn’t

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7 tips to raise confident, independent kids. Nicole Schwarz

7 Tips to raise independent kids

7 tips that encourage your child to become more independent doing chores, completeing homework, practicing critical thinking, and making good choices.  “I’m wearing dirty pants today because I need to do laundry,” my daughter announces as she comes into the kitchen for breakfast. I wait a beat. “I’ll do it

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13 ways to stay calm when your child is upset by Nicole Schwarz, Imperfect Families

13 Ways to Stay Calm When Your Child is Upset

It can be hard to stay calm when your child is upset, anxious, angry, or sad. Read through this list to find 13 ways to practice calm, confident parenting. I did not start out being an especially calm, patient parent. It took years of practice, therapy, and lots of deep

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21 shame reducing phrases every child needs to hear, Nicole Schwarz, Imperfect Families

Reduce Shame: 21 Things Your Child Needs To Hear

Is your child stuck in the “I’m a bad kid” cycle? Caregivers can reduce the effects of shame, using these phrases to remind your child that they are seen, known, and loved. Shame is a powerful force.  It sends the message that you are not worthy of love. It tells

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10 things I love about having older kids (Tweens and Teenagers)

Raising tweens and teenagers can be challenging, but there are a lot of amazing things about this stage too! Read this list and then create your own. If there’s one phrase I would like to eliminate from our vocabulary, it is “just wait until they’re older.” Being a mom of

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25 alternatives to timeouts, grounding and taking things away by Nicole Schwarz

25 Alternatives to Timeouts, Grounding, and Taking Things Away

Change the way you think about discipline! These 25 parenting tips focus on positive, respectful, age-appropriate alternatives. When it comes to discipline, it’s easy to feel stuck.  We’re told to use timeouts, grounding, bribes, taking things away, and even spanking, but nothing seems to make a difference. Maybe we’ve been

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