Setting Limits Without Saying Time Out


Guest post courtesy of “Hand in Hand”

When children are under stress they lose their patience, their love of fun, their sense of joy. At these times, they tend to do things that don’t make sense. They’ll begin to squabble, hit their siblings, insist on one thing after another.

At times like these, we parents can play a very positive role. We can set limits on our children’s behavior in order to help them relieve the stress they are under, and regain their innate good judgment and joy in cooperation. Setting limits with young children takes a bit of practice, but you can learn to set limits in a way that builds cooperation and connection. Listen to this podcast with Hand in Hand founder Patty Wipfler to learn the necessary steps.

Podcast courtesy of “Hand In Hand” by Patty Wipfler & Angela Jernigan




Patty Wipfler was born, raised and educated in California, graduating from Occidental College in 1968, and is the mother of two sons. The focus of her work since 1974 has been teaching basic listening, parenting, and leadership skills to parents. She directed The School, a non-profit parent co-operative preschool in Palo Alto, and later directed Neighborhood Infant Toddler Center for Palo Alto Community Child Care. She has led over 400 residential weekend workshops for families and for leaders of parents in the U.S. and in 23 countries. In 1989, she founded the non-profit Parents Leadership Institute, which evolved into Hand in Hand Parenting. As Director, she has written 14 booklets, produced videotapes and audiotapes, and has written over 100 articles for Hand in Hand on the principles and benefits of Parenting by Connection. To date, Hand in Hand has sold over 500,000 of these booklets in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Patty Wipfler’s articles have been published in Mothering Magazine, the Bulletin of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Child Welfare News, and in many local newsletters for parents. She has been a keynote speaker at Association for the Education of Young Children conventions in Chicago and Philadelphia, and has done workshops and trainings throughout California, and in Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and Massachusetts, as well as in Beijing, China. Patty lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California. Learn more on her Website: http://www.handinhandparenting.orgFacebook Page and Twitter.

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