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Weekly nuggets of developmentally appropriate parenting wisdom to help you parent your toddlers and preschoolers more effectively, with less effort. The Mudroom is recorded live on Facebook every Tuesday at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific.

the Mudroom Allana Robinson

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Weekly nuggets of developmentally appropriate parenting wisdom to help you parent your toddlers and preschoolers more effectively, with less effort. The Mudroom is recorded live on Facebook every Tuesday at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific.

    Are Your Kids Only Calm When They’re In Front of a Screen?

    Are Your Kids Only Calm When They’re In Front of a Screen?

    Why is it so hard for some kids to calm TF down and be quiet?! Why can some kids happily play quietly with LEGO for hours, while others struggle to simmer down enough to even read a short picture book?

    In this episode we're going to cover:

    - The difference between quiet and calm

    - Why we need to focus on teaching out kids to calm down.

    - How to find your child's calming "thing."





    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Wednesday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 11 min
    Should My Children Go Back to Daycare or School?

    Should My Children Go Back to Daycare or School?

    How the HECK are we supposed to make a decision about returning to school (or daycare, or preschool, or...whatever care situation you've got)?!

    There really is no good answer. In this episode we'll be discussing:

    - The 5 factors I think are most important to consider

    - Some suggestions on how to weigh those factors for your family.

    - How to make a decision that- if you aren't thrilled about- you can at least be at peace with.



    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Wednesday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 19 min
    Do Good Get Rewarded, Do Bad Get Punished....This Does Not Work!

    Do Good Get Rewarded, Do Bad Get Punished....This Does Not Work!

    Everybody's waking up to the idea that maybe punishments aren't really working.   

    Many people are struggling with what to do instead. We're having a reckoning with punishments on a global scale.  As a parent, what does this mean for your kids?  

    In this episode we're going to discuss: 

    - Why large swaths of people are terrified of removing "the enforcers" and replacing it with support. 

    - What we as parents need to think about when it comes to how we're modeling support for our children. 

    - What this looks like in our day to day lives.





    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Tuesday at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT/ 6pm PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 15 min
    How Do I Reintroduce My Child Back Into Society After COVID?

    How Do I Reintroduce My Child Back Into Society After COVID?

    Society is slowly getting back to normal. Public spaces are slowly opening up again and we are beginning to return back to some resemblance of a "normal routine".  

    Have you noticed that your child's behavior is getting worse during this transition time?  

    In this episode we're going to discuss:  

    - Why ending social isolation is just as stressful as starting it.  

    - The two reasons that are causing children to react poorly to seeing friends and family again, even if they're really excited about it.  

    - And two strategies I recommend using to ease this transition.



    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Tuesday at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT/ 6pm PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 14 min
    Why Is My Child So Rigid In Their Thinking?

    Why Is My Child So Rigid In Their Thinking?

    It drives parents up the wall when children rigid in their thinking. This is a learned behavior. Parents model this quite a bit.   

    In this episode we're going to discuss:   

    - Why we like rules so much.  

    - How to model discovering nuance in everyday situations.  

    - The best way to teach your children to seek nuance.



    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Tuesday at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT/ 6pm PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 12 min
    What Age Should We Start Talking About Racism?

    What Age Should We Start Talking About Racism?

    Parents have been asking over the last few weeks due to the Black Lives Matter Movement, "how old should we be starting to talk to our child about racism?"  

    In this episode we will be discussing:   

    - When to start introducing the topic of racism to young children? 

    - What should that discussion look like?  

    - How to keep the conversation going.



    Grab the Scripts to Manage the Top 10 Crazy-Making Behaviours: prnt.link/scripts Watch the video recording here: Join the Parenting Posse: prnt.link/group the Mudroom is recorded live every Tuesday at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT/ 6pm PT on Facebook: facebook.com/arfamilyservices


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    • 18 min

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