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Whether you’re wondering how to handle a specific challenge,
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What is Aha! Parenting?

What is Aha! Parenting? You know what an Aha! Moment is, right? With our child, it’s that lightning flash of insight, when suddenly we see things from another perspective, and everything has the potential to be different. This website has Aha! moments for parents of every age child, from pregnancy right through the teen years.

Dr. Laura Markham, the founder of Aha! Parenting, trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University -- but she’s also a mom, so she understands kids -- and how tough it is to be a parent.

Learn more about Dr. Laura Markham


Three simple big ideas:


Regulating Our Emotions as Parents

Our most important responsibility as parents is regulating our own emotions, which is essential for our children to learn to manage themselves. That’s why Dr. Laura’s free coaching emails often focus on how to take better care of ourselves.


Connecting with Your Child

From tantrums to texting, the secret of happy parenting is a close relationship with your child. Without that connection, we have little influence (”My kids won’t listen!”) and parenting becomes exhausting.


Coach Instead of Controlling

Coach, instead of trying to control, so your child WANTS to cooperate with you. Sure, you need to set limits--but if you set them with empathy and respect, you’ll find your child is much more likely to comply.

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