Thinking about Siblings of a Special Needs Child

As seen in New York Special Child Magazine and on NY Parenting.com Dear Sharon, We have three children. One of our children, a 7 year old boy, is on the autism spectrum. Naturally, he gets
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One Thing That Helps Many Family Relationships

Setting aside one-on-one time with a child or partner can help sort through many tensions at home especially if you can: 1. Plan the “date” ahead of time. 2. Avoid any distractions while together. 3.
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A Thought about Helping a Fearful Child

Some children’s lives are limited by their overly cautious personalities. Rather than convincing a child that “there is nothing to fear” it can help to gradually and patiently help them get used to uncomfortable or
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A Thought about Fearless Children

Some children are born fearless, a wonderful trait but one that can lead to a lack of necessary caution. When a fearless child moves quickly it can help to figure out ways to slow them
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Skipping Home from School

A Spontaneous “Interview” with a Child Who Was Making the Most of Spring The other day when walking in my neighborhood I found myself crossing the street with a young girl and her mom. The
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Helping a Child with Self Doubt

Everyone goes through periods of self doubt. If is often hard for parents to hear their children question their capabilities. It can help to take the time to listen to what is on their little
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When Should You Teach Your Child How to Lose?

As children develop confidence they naturally become comfortable when “things don’t go their way.” When a child’s self esteem is low because they are struggling in school, feeling unsure about friendships or having a hard
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Screen Free Times for Everyone

It can increase and improve communication and meaningful interaction if there is at least one time (and hopefully more) each week when adults and children are not looking at screens. Some parents I know schedule
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Are our children experiencing too much pressure?

Many children today are confronted with pressure from school and from overbooked schedules. They can become stressed and worried when handling too much of a load. Whenever possible it is important to find ways for
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Helping Everyone Get a Better Night’s Sleep

as seen in Brooklyn Family Magazine and on NYParenting.com Dear Sharon, Do you have any tips to give a parent who is not getting any sleep? My 5 year old son is waking up every
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