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What Are Logical Consequences?

What Are Logical Consequences?

“Logical consequences” is a phrase I hear used a lot. It is often used inaccurately to describe a punishment disguised as a “consequence”. It is also often confused with “natural consequences”, which are the consequences that naturally occur with no intervention from...

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass (Part 2)

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass (Part 2)

In Part 1 of “Find Your Inner Parenting Compass”, I talked about how difficult it is today as parents to figure out the right way to raise our children with all the contradicting advice out there. Today, I’m writing about how to find your own voice. How to look within...

How To Be Honest With Your Kids (Even When It’s Hard)

How To Be Honest With Your Kids (Even When It’s Hard)

I have been spending much of the day today thinking about honesty and why it’s so important in relationships. I saw Glennon Doyle (author of Love Warrior, which if you have not read yet, you really really should) speak at Together Live last night in Portland and was...

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass

Find Your Inner Parenting Compass

Parenting is truly challenging these days. In addition to the exhaustion, tantrums, diaper changes, and multitude of tasks facing parents each day, we are also bombarded with an unrelenting onslaught of contradicting advice and opinions. A brief glance through...

Back to School: Helping Kindergartners with School Anxiety

Back to School: Helping Kindergartners with School Anxiety

It’s that time of year again – back to school! The start of a new school year can be overwhelming for teachers, parents, and children alike. For new kindergarten students, school can be especially anxiety-producing. New teachers, new peers, a new classroom, new...

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

I see a lot of anxious children in my practice. Often their parents did not immediately recognize their children’s anxiety or did not realize how much it was affecting them. Here are a few early signs of anxiety in children that may be cause for further evaluation or...

Four Steps to Try When Your Toddler Says “No”

Four Steps to Try When Your Toddler Says “No”

Do you get frustrated when your toddler just will not cooperate? Does hearing “no” trigger anger in you or feelings of inadequacy in your parenting skills? Does this ever happen to you: You give your toddler a one-minute warning that it’s time to clean up. You calmly...

A Different Kind of Parenting Blog

A Different Kind of Parenting Blog

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Kaleigh, a Child and Family Therapist in Portland, OR. I have spent over a decade of my life working with children in some capacity, as professional nanny, a teacher, a therapist, and now as a parent to a delightful and active...

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