Aloha! Let me Introduce Myself..
I'm Tara, mama to 3, Board Certified Behavior Analyst & early childhood/parent educator
Guess what? Even with a background in kids... My 2 littles would break down daily & don't always listen to EVERYTHING I ask.
Once I was at home with them all day, every day, I had the thought of losing my mind constantly. The nagging, crying, flopping...oh my. I spent a solid 3 months anxiety-ridden as we would go to the store, library or park and just hoping and praying they wouldn't have an 'episode'.
This was so frustrating for me and I felt defeated because I kept thinking I should KNOW what to do- hadn't i been talking parents through these situations in the past? I was losing my confidence & cool.
Thankfully with some extra self-care, understanding and support from my partner, I was able to work through the cloud of parenthood and find that clarity & connection!
My strategies had to change from what I had previously practiced, but after some refining, I was able to see a noticeable difference in the way my kids responded to me & requests. It's still a constant practice filled with self-love & understanding. These tips are truly effective to building your connection with your child(ren).
With these strategies to effectively communicating with your child, you too will be on the path to a more positive parenting experience!