Happier childhoods start with educated parents.

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Your child’s behaviour is constantly evolving and it can be difficult to know how to respond. You wish you had an early years expert as your BFF who could share tips and help you navigate all those big toddler feelings. Well, we’re that BFF.

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Your Child’s Development

As your child grows, their behavior changes to reflect their new experiences.

Understanding what they’re communicating in these early years has a lifelong impact. Backed by child psychology, OMV provides a selection of courses and resources to keep you in sync with your child as they grow. Select an age to learn more:

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0 - 2 Years Old

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2 - 4 Years Old

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Respectful, loving parenting raises respectful, loving kids.

We believe parenting should be approached like a collaboration. When you get curious about the root of your child’s behaviour, you’ll feel like a more confident parent and will respond in a way that brings you and your child closer together.

Learn what’s really going on in their heads.

We’re created our courses and workshops to give parents nap-sized insights into how kids’ brains develop in the early years and what you can do to raise happy, calm, bright kids.

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We believe parenting should be approached like a collaboration. When you get curious about the root of your child’s behaviour, you’ll feel like a more confident parent and will respond in a way that brings you and your child closer together.

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"The Grinch is so scary, Mom." My daughter said as I tucked her into bed.

Nighttime can bring up big worries for our kids. But did you know that you can teach them how to handle these worries in a healthy way?

Here's the story I told my daughter: 

Imagine a big table in your mind. In one seat is someone named Worry 😵‍💫. In some of the other seats are Sleepy😴, Joy🤭, Surprise🤯, Sadness😭, and even Disgust🤢. 

At the head of the table, standing strong and tall, is someone else - who do you think that is? 
It's you 👧🏻!!

YOU are the boss of your mind, and you are sitting at the head of the table. But, at night, sometimes Worry gets really bossy. She tries to push you out of the way and take control of the table. She tells you things like: "Think about the really scary Grinch." 

Here's the thing: Worry is an important part of your mind. She helps keep you safe and is important. BUT, Worry isn't the boss of your mind. YOU ARE. Sometimes you need to ask Worry to sit back down at the table.

I have a Worry in my mind too, and sometimes I need to remind her that she's not the boss of my mind.

What does your boss mind want to say to your Worry?

❤️ My 6-year-old said, "Worry, I don't need you to tell me about the Grinch right now. I need my Sleepy friend." Then she said, "I think Worry looks like a giant W with zebra stripes. 😂 She's sitting down."

"Ok," I said. "And next time Worry gets back up, you can tell her it's Sleepy's time to stand up."

🥰 I gave her a hug and left. The next morning she was beaming as she told me that Worry listened! She stepped back and let Sleepy stand up.

It's important to help kids see that there are many different parts in their minds that help them in some way. Teaching kids they are the boss of their parts and that they are able to talk to them is one way to support them through big feelings like worry.

PS: 💤We've added a new feature to the Solving Bedtime Battle's course called "discussions". You can now ask any questions you have about the course material, and our team will respond. Still only $97 CAD. Link in bio! 🛌
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As a mom, I know mornings can easily be the most stressful time of the day with kids. We are tired, they are tired, and we often have places to be and people to see. 

I've had so many frustrating mornings when we all left the house in tears. 😭

One thing that can change your whole morning around is to invest a bit of time into your kids before you start making demands or requests. This "connect first" mindset can make everything easier and more enjoyable. 😊

We asked the OMV community their favourite ways to start the day, and this is the list you helped develop!

Save this post for those mornings when you're looking for simple ways to connect with your child and turn the day around!

Here are a few of my favourite ways to start the morning with my girls that help set the tone for the rest of the day: 

🥰 "I love you and am happy to see you!"

😴 "I checked in on you last night. You were sleeping so peacefully."

✨ Talking about the plan for the day and asking if they have any questions.

🎶 Playing relaxing music to set the tone for the morning.

Is this easier said than done? Absolutely. Remember to gift yourself and your kids extra grace in the morning and remind yourself you can always start over if the morning is not going well! 💕

What is your FAVOURITE way to start your morning off on the right track?! Share below!

PS: For more free tips like this - hop onto our email list! Click the link in bio to sign up!
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My daughter came to me sad. A friend had said something that deeply hurt her feelings. Big tears filled her eyes. 

As a parent, my initial reaction is to fix. I hate to see my daughter sad. I want to see her precious smile and hear her laugh. 

But that’s not what she needs to hear in this moment. She needs to hear that it is ok to be sad. Her tears needed to be encouraged. “Let out all your tears. It’s ok.”

Did you know that letting out tears is an essential need of a child? In order to move forward, they need to release their tears about a difficult situation. 

It’s only after the tears have been released that I can say the next thing to my daughter: “Everything is figure-out-able; you aren’t alone in this. Let’s figure it out together.”

From here, we were able to talk about the next steps with her friend. 

As a child therapist, one of the key messages I advise my families to give their kids is: “No matter what happens, I’ll be by your side as we figure it out.”

This helps kids know that everything from fights with friends, feeling sad about not making a team, or doing tricky problem solving - they won’t have to do this alone. When they don’t feel alone, they are safe to grow, play, and develop into the children they are meant to be. 

What is one message you want to give to your kids? Share below!

PS: If you want more tools to help raise your kids to be confident, resilient, and have the tools to handle big emotions, it is the LAST day for our sale on our bestselling Parenting Little Kids course. Don’t miss out. Link in bio!
Tag a friend who needs this below!

Imagine this: SLAP 👋🏻 one of your children hits another.

You approach the situation, and one child is hurt and crying.

You feel rage and tension in your body. How DARE they hurt their sibling. Your initial instinct is to yell: “Go to timeout!!! This is not ok.”

As a mom, I GET it. When I see my kids hurt, my body goes into fight or flight. (Even if it was their sibling, who I also love, that hurt them). I often react instead of respond.

This is exactly where the: 🎉START WITH THE ONE WHO NEEDS HEALING🎉 phrase comes in.

This can help you slow your own body down, and remember that in front of you is two children who are both needing understanding.

Swipe through the post for more on this mantra! 

(This is just one piece of the “hitting” puzzle! Please ensure you are setting boundaries around hitting and getting curious about why it’s happening as well.)

P.S. If you are reading this and think: Ok… but what do I do next?? Isn’t there discipline? How do I stop this from happening again - let me help. Our Parenting Little Kids course gives you a framework for discipline that you can apply to all challenging behaviour. This will help you feel more connected to your kids and confident in your parenting! Our sale ends tomorrow! Grab it - link in bio!
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