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Sonya Rafferty

Loving parents loving life.
Anatomy of a Meltdown

Anatomy of a Meltdown

We’ve all seen it, when our child (or preferably someone else’s child) is having a meltdown. The crying, screaming, uncontrollable physical and emotional outbursts triggered by overwhelm and made worse if the child is tired, hungry, or not feeling good.

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The Story You Tell Yourself Matters

The Story You Tell Yourself Matters

You know that running monologue you have in your head? The one that dishes out praise or punishment about whatever you are doing or feeling? That monologue is part of your narrative, the story you tell yourself about how the world works, why

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Help Your Child Develop Resiliency to Setbacks

Help Your Child Develop Resiliency to Setbacks

Yesterday on the way home from school my son started crying. He tearfully told me his teacher forgot to give him back a toy she had been holding for him and that he needed it right now. Part of me wanted to turn right around to get his toy because he was just so sad. The rest of me tried

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What to do When You Mess Up in Front of Your Kid

What to do When You Mess Up in Front of Your Kid

The other day I flopped down on the couch to relax and immediately jumped back up in pain. I had landed on one of those little plastic building blocks, I know you know the ones I mean, and it had scratched me with its evil pointy corner. I yelled out “ow!” and my son kindly asked me what happened and if I was okay. I responded in

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The Simple Magic of Feelings Validation

The Simple Magic of Feelings Validation

What if I told you there is a super simple tool you can use that would help your child be able to appropriately express and manage her feelings? If you knew this simple technique would boost your child’s self esteem, reduce defiance, build self-reliance, improve confidence, and increase her sense of connectedness you’d want to do this thing, right? What is this magic?

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Develop a Growth Mindset With One Tiny Word

Develop a Growth Mindset With One Tiny Word

“I can’t do it” she whines. “It’s too hard. I don’t know how“. If you’ve ever heard your kids say this you know it can be heartbreaking. They want so badly to figure something out and feel scared that they might not be able to. As a mom you might

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