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Teaching teens to argue an essential skill

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | 0 Comments
See Jennifer on Canada Am talking about the benefits of arguing with your teen. read more »

Mirroring Monday: The annoying little sister

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 | 1 Comment
A parent has been experiencing lots of fighting between her two children; a boy,(Peter) age 6 and a girl, (Amy) age 3.  The boy who previously was fairly good natured and co-operative especially before his younger sister was born has become extremely moody and aggressive. He read more »

Why Kids Whine

Monday, December 6th, 2010 | 0 Comments
  [Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] December 4, 2010 by Jennifer Kolari |  Few things are more irritating to a parent’s ear than whining, or “nose talking” as we call it in our family. Here’s why it happens–and what to do about it.                                                                                                      Why read more »

Mirroring Monday – Making Beds & Friendships Edition

Monday, November 29th, 2010 | 3 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Kelly Parisa. Enjoy! As the Educational and Behavioral Consultant at a wonderful private read more »

How to Handle An Energetic Toddler

Monday, October 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] Do you have a child who wakes up saying “no” and goes to bed saying “no” and says “no” all day in between? I affectionately call these little ones “gladiators.” Gladiator kids are feisty and read more »

Ugly Betty Gets Her Braces Off – Mirroring by Orthodontist Dr. Frankel

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Take a peak at this scene from Ugly Betty (scroll to 4:17) for a great example of mirroring. In the scene, Betty is at the orthodontist, finally about to get her braces off. The orthodontist is distracted, telling a story and not read more »

Mirroring Monday: Bedtime Edition

Monday, April 12th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting. If you’re new to Connected Parenting and want to find out more about mirroring and the CALM method, check out this podcast by Jennifer Kolari (courtesy of Penguin Group USA). This read more »

Connecting with Your Sweetheart

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Here’s a little secret for you on Valenetine’s Day: the CALM method works on your significant other too! It’s not just for kids – you can use it with anyone you want to feel closer to. My husband and I mirror with read more »

The Power of Words

Monday, February 1st, 2010 | 0 Comments
Guest blogger Kim Schewitz is a marketing consultant, writer and mother of two. A radiant summer’s day finds the sandbox wriggling and writhing with clammy contenders for the lone dump truck. Two pairs of chubby, dimpled paws simultaneously lay claim and an animated read more »

Helping Your Child Succeed

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | 3 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] My husband and I took our five-year old skating the other day and what a pleasure it was. She listened to our instructions, put them into action and stuck to it. She fell and got up, read more »

The Fun Theory

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out Thefuntheory.com, a site that aims to prove that “fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.” Here’s my favorite one:Obviously, this works well with kids too. According to a New York Times article about the Tools read more »

Jennifer Kolari on the "Emotional Backpack"

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out the Fall 2009 issue of Think Magazine for Jennifer Kolari’s article about the emotional equipment your child needs for a successful day at school. To be able “to focus, to understand, to learn; and to experience social, academic and emotional read more »

New to Connected Parenting?

Friday, November 20th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out this podcast by Jennifer Kolari (courtesy of Penguin Group USA) to find out more. read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Gifted Children

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a parent who suspects that her daughter may be gifted at My Child Feels: Jennifer explains that in gifted children, the left brain, which is logical, mathematical and reasonable, understands too much. The right side of the brain, read more »

Dealing With Public Temper Tantrums

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] Ah, the public tantrum–don’t you love those? It can be mortifying when your little one throws herself on the floor screaming and you feel like the whole world is judging your parenting skills. Some kids know they read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Dealing With Difficult In-laws

Friday, October 30th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader who is struggling with her in-laws. Jennifer advises using her CALM method to de-escalate the conflict, employing mirroring statements to show that you understand your in-laws’ point of view. read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Cantankerous Toddlers

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader whose 14-month-old toddler keeps getting into things and then becomes irate when they are taken away from her. Jennifer explains that at 14 months, children can understand much more read more »

Callie and Chief Webber – Empathy on Grey's Anatomy

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Empathy, Grey's Anatomyread more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Helping Your Little One Adjust to Daycare at Kolari's Corner

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader about how to help a child adjust to her first daycare experience. Jennifer explains that clinging and whining, or defiance and other yucky behavior, during this period of read more »

Zen Parenting

Monday, April 13th, 2009 | 1 Comment
I know what you’re thinking…living zen with children? Impossible. Children are excitable, loud, and react to things with impossible intensity. A call for the front seat, or to be the first to hit the elevator button can cause a major incident. Spring and read more »

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