author Emilie Leeks,

"Toothbrushing is such a big issue for lots of us parents! Crying, running away, point blank refusing - most of us have faced some sort of struggle with our children around this issue at one time or another. And getting playful around tackling the issue is a great way to move forwards with it - the sillier the better."

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author Emilie Leeks,

This mother, who uses Listening Partnerships regularly to fill her cup and build her resilience, thought creatively, exercised great patience, and found the connection she built with her child made it completely worth the hard work she put in.

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author Emilie Leeks,

At the end, they all came rushing up to me triumphantly, showing off the PJs they had managed to put on, and breathing their minty breath at me! I'm not sure when we last got them ready for bed that quickly and with so much fun, and it has really inspired me to do more of the same - we all enjoyed it, and there was no nagging or fuss, just lots of laughter.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Oh, how things have changed since writing this! Our whole family dynamic has shifted hugely since we started using the Hand in Hand tools - things are so much more peaceful, joyful and calm than they once were, for all of us, and a big part of that has been learning to be more playful! Specifically in relation to our autistic child, we have found playfulness to be a wonderfully useful tool in our belt - in can help bring things back from the brink of overwhelming feelings, and boosts connection between family members.

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author Emilie Leeks,

It can be so hard to tolerate behaviours from our children that would have been frowned upon in our own childhoods. This wonderful member of our Journeys in Parenting community shares with us about a behaviour which would be a challenge for most of us! She had taken some time to consider whether the behaviours really are a problem ('How will my child turn out if I allow this?!!') and to move to a place of working with her son through the behaviour, using fun and laughter - with great results!

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