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Ask Teacher Lisa: Aggression

Dear Teacher Lisa, I’m writing because today was a hard day for me. I need some guidance on how to talk to my daughter. I know pushing is something she will eventually get over, but I’m struggling with it. I also don’t understand why she seems to have had a more intense reaction with another…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Media Play

Dear Teacher Lisa, We’re writing to you because we’re concerned about some recent behavior with our son. During a school break, we watched The Lion King as a family. We also made the mistake of buying the book.  Ever since (for about a month), our son has only exclusively played on the floor as a…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Anxiety in Covid Times

Dear Teacher Lisa, I was noticing for the past few weeks that some of our kiddos experience some form of anxiety or withdrawal when it comes to interacting over zoom. I guess a foreshadowing for in person future situations.  I’ve been thinking about the way things are going to be when children are able to…

Ask Teacher Lisa: In Trouble

Dear Teacher Lisa, I’ve noticed a pattern lately with my son and wanted to get your advice. Recently when he does something my partner or I don’t want him to, and he feels he is “in trouble,” he has a pattern of a few things he does. It’s always the same–throwing all the shoes off…

Dear Teacher Lisa: Sleep trouble

Dear Teacher Lisa, We are really struggling with getting our son to sleep. I’m wondering if you have any advice for us. We have always laid down with him until he goes to asleep, and he has always taken a long time to actually let himself relax and actually fall asleep. Lately though he has…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Hating “I hate you”

Dear Teacher Lisa, We have been trying to figure out a good way to get our daughter to stop saying a few things to her friends and family. For instance when she does not get her way she tells friends ‘Fine. I’m not your friend anymore.’ And it seems that it may be hurting some…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Feeling defeated

Dear Teacher Lisa, I’m starting to feel pretty defeated. My son is regressing and hitting us hard every time he gets a “no” and especially at bedtime. But worse is that I’m regressing from all the school teachings too. My patience is really short and I’ve come close to losing my temper several times recently.…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Last straw

Dear Teacher Lisa, I need all your suggestions to make the morning routine (changing, washing and brushing teeth) easier. We have had this problem for 4 years. My son just has a hard time washing and having water in his face. I feel like I have tried everything: books, videos of characters getting ready, making…

Ask Teacher Lisa: Why Is My Child Being Aggressive?

Why Is My Child Being Aggressive? 3-4 year old children might be hitting or being aggressive in protection of their space or possessions. Again, we can be curious and model for them the language and tone they can use to express their needs. Let’s try to anticipate these scenarios and be realistic about how much…

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