"Responding to your child in a reasonable, calm, and patient manner is absolutely vital in building a connection," says Blaine. "And, after all, connection is the key ingredient in helping guide our children. Punishment, on the other hand, forces a disconnection that undermines the goal of helping them someday become independent."
Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT, is the executive producer of the online parenting show The Go-To Mom's Parents' Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children and The Internet Mommy.
Kimberley is a national child development expert and a licensed family and child therapist specializing in working with children newborn to six years old. Kimberley, currently the social marketing director for Project ABC. Her webshow, TheGoToMom.TV, has produced authentic and real educational videos. Currently, Kimberley is sponsored by Vimeo and Sony and is a member of the Yahoo! Motherboard team of bloggers. Kimberley lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and two young boys.
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