Show 111 – Responsive Parenting and Emotional Intelligence

Do you shrink when you child has a temper tantrum in public? Has your child ever hit you? Do you find your child’s crying worrisome and over-indulgent?

Like so many parents, have you reacted with annoyance, exploded, ramped up your authority, or used words that just don’t work?



Sarah MacLaughlin, parenting educator, author, speaker and mother joins us from Portland, Maine.

Sarah’s award-winning, Amazon best seller, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children, brings awareness to the way we communicate with young children. Changing our approach, words, and tone promotes happy, well adjusted people in the future, has lasting beneficial effects on our relationship with our child, and on the child’s behaviour as well.

Connect with Sarah MacLaughlin:


What is responsive parenting?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

How are they related?

Why are they important for you to know about?


Human beings learn to be caring and kind by experiencing care and kindness.

What if we’re not capable of doing that for our children, let alone ourselves?

Listen to find out what do we do then.


After joining me in the studio for this show, my friend and colleague Kathy Sullivan wrote “when you know you’ve reached your limit, it’s okay to set your boundaries.” and “Going back to [examine] the event [you regret having with your child] is beneficial. It allows us the time to show the grace and caring that we couldn’t summon up in the moment.”


Aired live: Sunday, January 27, 2013 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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