Andrea Nair: Connect-Four Parenting

Aug
24
2016

My Back-to-School is Looking VERY Different This Year!

We are opening our own Acton Academy school.

We are opening our own Acton Academy school | YummyMummyClub.ca

Last year at this time, I was gleefully dismissing back-to-school ads, knowing my children were about to enter their first year of homeschooling. I was very happy to not be caught up in the back-to-school fever!

This year I find myself at the opposite end of that feeling: I’m excited and a bit panicked by my new reality -- I’m about to open my own school! What a difference a year  makes!

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Aug
17
2016

What to Do When You're Called "The Meanest Parent Ever!"

First step: Take a few deep breaths. Second step: Read this.

What to Do When You're Called "The Meanest Parent Ever!"

Before I became a parent, I don’t recall anyone telling me that parenting was going to be easy, but I also didn’t hear how incredibly challenging it could be. Even when I feel confident that what I’m doing is best for my children, they don’t always know that it is best for them. In fact, many times they think that I’m are out to ruin their lives. Asking a toddler to take a bath or not letting a child eat cereal for supper, for instance, will sometimes be met with the label of “meanest parent ever.”

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Aug
15
2016

Finding a Balance Between Flexibility & Consistency When Parenting Littles

Routines are great — but sometimes things happen and it is time to bend.

Finding a Balance Between Flexibility & Consistency When Parenting Littles | YummyMummyClub.ca

The Benefits of Routine

Many children respond well to routines, and consistency in parenting can be beneficial for the entire family. Routines provide comfort for parents and children alike, and by applying consistent parenting techniques, children know what to expect when they behave in a certain way.

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Jul
28
2016

Saying No: Learning from Toddlers on How to Get Our Needs Met Too

Need help saying no? Watch how your young child does it!

My friend called me the other day while her toddler shouted, “NO!” in the background. She wondered why toddlers are really good at saying, “no” but many adults have a tough time doing the same.

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Jul
26
2016

Five Suggestions to Helping Your Child Open Up

Turn toward your child when he or she experiences something rough.

What to do and how to react when your child experiences something rough and keep communication open. | YummyMummyClub.ca

This past week, a young person I know had an absolute meltdown in front of me. It wasn’t the enraged, flipping out kind but rather the feeling defeated, second best, and unimportant kind. His younger brother was in the same athletic program as him, and for three of the five days they were there, the younger one won a “camper of the day” award.

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Jul
04
2016

Craving Summer Fun? Take Your Family to This Oft Overlooked Province

Thompson, MB: Lakes, Beaches, Fishing, and More!

Travel Northern Manitoba | YummyMummyClub.ca

Having travelled extensively in every province in Canada but Newfoundland (I promise to get there soon!), I can say that Northern Manitoba is one of my favourite places to be, and it’s not just because I grew up there. This location might not be front-of-mind for an adventurous family summer vacation, but I believe it should be!

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Jun
14
2016
Reading together with older children | YummyMummyClub.ca

The benefits of reading to children are widespread and well-known. Many parents spend hours reading to little ones before bedtime and naps. Paging through board books can fill hours on a lazy afternoon.

But as a child learns to read on his or her own, and develops their own reading preferences, many families stop reading together. Sure, the children might still read and the parents may read (if the busyness of raising a family and tending to a household allows), but older children and their parents rarely read the same book together.

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Jun
13
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: Z is for Zen

What helps you be the parent you want to be?

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Hi – Andrea here! I can hardly believe it, but this is the last video in our parenting series to help reduce toddler tantrums.

In this final episode of the A to Z of Taming Tantrums, I talk about the letter Z and Z is for Zen. When I think of the word “zen” as a parent of toddlers, I’m not referring to a calm, meditative state (although if you can achieve this: that’s amazing!) but rather a state where we feel rested enough to be the parent we want to be.

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Jun
08
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: X is for X-ternal

What external, compromising states might be influencing your child?

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Thank you for joining me for the A to Z of Taming Tantrums parenting series. This video is about the letter X and X is for "X-ternal."

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Jun
08
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: Y is for Yelling (less)

Curbing our yelling has a big positive impact on our families. Here's how to do that...

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

This is the second last video in our twenty-six video series! This episode of our A to Z of Taming Tantrums program is for the letter Y, and Y is for Yelling (less). When we yell less, our children will too, so this is a win-win endeavour for everyone.

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Jun
03
2016

Parents: The Importance of Setting Personal Boundaries

Keeping ourselves well helps us to be the parents we want to be.

Setting Personal Boundaries as a Parent | YummyMummyClub.ca

As parents, there are countless demands on our time, energy, and attention. And because we love our children as much as we do, we gladly give our time, energy, and attention to them. Even though we do this, it is important for parents to set boundaries on how much of these valuable personal resources we give away – not just for our own benefit, but for our children’s sake as well.

Reasons to Set Boundaries on Ourselves:

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May
30
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: W is for "When/ then"

Use this helpful parenting tool to increase kid-cooperation!

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums parenting series. This video is for the letter W, and W is for my FAVOURITE parenting tool: “when/ then.”

A “when/ then” is so useful! It encourages children to do something that is necessary while keeping the power struggle out of the task.

Please watch this video for more information:

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May
17
2016

Getting Past a Parenting Bad Day

Try these 7 things to turn your bad day around.

Everyone is going to have a bad parenting day at some point but there are simple things you can do to turn it around. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

Bad days hit us all from time to time.

Sleep deprivation, work stress, disagreements with others, or just too much time in the house with the kids can empty our buckets and bring out the worst in us.

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May
16
2016

Our Close-to-Home Trip to Great Wolf Lodge: Just What Your Family May Need

Maintain balance in your kids’ busy lives by taking a “close-by-cation”

Our Close-to-Home Trip to Great Wolf Lodge: Just What Your Family May Need

Last year, our family went on a big vacation to the Caribbean, which was really an amazing experience. This year, with the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar (compared to the American dollar), we decided to forego a big out-of-country trip and explore the area around us. So we booked a trip to Great Wolf Lodge Niagara.

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May
16
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: V is for Voice.

Try this simple trick to getting children to lower their voices!

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Andrea Nair here – welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series. This video is for the letter V, and V is for Voice.

In this short video I share my quick, yet very effective trick for getting children to lower their voices. This works for a classroom full of loud students and a house full of equally loud little people!

Give it a try!

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May
10
2016

Connecting with a Child Who is Very Different Than You

Empathy, validation, and finding common ground are some of the ways to connect.

Connecting with a child who is different from you | YummyMummyClub.ca

Parents often have preconceived assumptions about what parenting will be like. These notions might be quickly dashed when we realize that sleep deprivation is far more debilitating than anything we had imagined or that a toddler really can have a tantrum that lasts for 45 minutes straight.

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May
09
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: U is for Understand

"You matter" are two very powerful words to convey to our children

A to Z of Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series! The letter I’m focusing on today is the U, and U is for Understand.

Understand what? Understand whom?

Actually, it’s a little bit of both. Understand means telling our upset children that we see their upset, we see something might have happen to trigger their reaction, and we see they are a good person.

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May
03
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: T is for Taking Time for Teaching

Want increased toddler cooperation? Teach them in this simple way...

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Hi – Andrea Nair here! Welcome back to the A to Z of Taming Tantrums video series. This video is about the letter T, and T is for Taking Time for Teaching.

When toddlers receive clear, short, sequential instructions, they are much more likely to do what you ask of them. This means breaking your request into small “bite sized” pieces of information that are provided in a logical, sequential order.

Please watch this video to learn more:

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Apr
20
2016

A to Z of Taming Tantrums: S is for Soothing Techniques

Need some toddler calming tricks? Try these!

A - Z Taming Tantrums | YummyMummyClub.ca

Thank you for watching the next video in our A to Z of Taming Tantrums series. Today’s letter is S and S is for Soothing Techniques.

These techniques are for when your child is back arching, raging mad and needs help to start the calming process. As I mentioned in the video, some children do not want to be touched, so please only touch them if they are okay with that (assuming safety first).

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Apr
20
2016

10 Phrases That Are Helping Me Be a Better Parent

Need some go-to calming phrases? Try these.

Parenting lifeline | YummyMummyClub.ca

I walked up my stairwell the other day, past the pictures of my children when they were one and three, and suddenly froze. I trot past those pictures many times a day, but for some reason I stopped this time and stared deeply into their young eyes.

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