Food and Nutrition



Games & Activities

  • Play hide and seek. This promotes eye contact in a non-threatening context As an added bonus this also develops object permanence.
  • Put lotion on each other.
  • Play a memory game but with a more personal touch. First, have your child look you over very carefully. Then leave the room and return after you’ve changed something about yourself. See if s/he can figure out what is different. It could be something really obvious for younger kids, like taking off a sweater, but for older kids you could get more challenging, like buttoning one more button on the sweater.
  • Create a pillow jumping maze. Set up pillow islands in a pattern across the floor. Have your child start at one end while you are at the other. S/he can only start to cross the room when you say “go” (you could say “mo” or “lo” to make things more challenging and teach him/her to be more attentive).  After given the green light, your child must jump across the islands and into your arms.
  • Brushing Hair

Articles & More

The connection archive from Karyn Purvis

Attachment Style Evaluation from Dan Siegel

Attachment style summary article  

Game Changing Strategies

  • Routines and traditions
  • The timer on your cell phone
  • Narrate the activity
  • Don’t try to solve conflict when impulse control and emotions are high. Address the real need in the moment, and then confront the behavior later.
  • Focus on the positive. Be specific
  • Give choices