Dr. Markham's Radio Show: "Secrets of Happy Parents"

Hand in Hand Parenting

Guest: Patty Wipfler, founder of Hand in Handparenting.org


Guest: Patty Wipfler, founder of Hand in Hand Parenting.org, discusses how to  create a closer bond with your child, and how to help your child with tantrums, crying, and moodiness by helping him/her discharge tension and difficult emotions. 

  • Topics covered include: 
  • The parent-child bond: how to stay connected, and heal from disconnection.
  • The healing role of crying for babies, toddlers and children – and how parents can best help them.
  •  How humans discharge tension and difficult emotions – and how to help your child do so.
  •  The “Stay-listening” technique to help your child with difficult emotions

Aha Parenting Moment: Spending time with kids instead of shunting them off to technology

Listener Question:  What to do when a child is ornery and just plain difficult?

Guest Bio: Patty Wipfler is the Director of Hand in Hand Parenting, an organization dedicated to helping parents nurture their connection with their children. She has been teaching basic listening, parenting, and leadership skills to parents for over 30 years. Before Hand in Hand, Wipfler directed a parent co-operative preschool and a Neighborhood Infant Toddler Center in Palo Alto, California. She has led over 370 residential weekend workshops for families throughout the world, written 12 booklets, produced videotapes and audiotapes, and has written numerous articles on parenting.  You can find her online at www.handinhandparenting.org, which offers numerous free articles and an e-newsletter.  Patty is also the mother of two sons.

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