New Year’s Resolution – Be Proud of Yourself

Our children will feel more confident if we take some time to feel good about ourselves. It is important to praise our children often. I suggest that each time you do think of one way
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Managing Winter

This month I asked parents about how they manage to keep things going smoothly in the cold, dark months of winter. Here is what they said: It’s tough!! We travel places even if they are
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Taking Time to Offer Handmade Gifts

With so much going on at this time of year it can be difficult to juggle all that needs to be done. However if you have the time and space it can be nice for
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Taking a few minutes at Bed Time to Process the Day

Children often are open to talking at bedtime. When parents can take a few minutes to listen to their child’s thoughts it can help them express their worries or share some good news. This time
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What do you love and find hard about the holidays at this time of year?

This month I talked to parents and children about the December holidays. Here is what they said: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS? PARENTS The time spent with family and friends, nothing is more
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What’s Great and Challenging about Being a “Tween?”

This month I talked to “tweens” and their parents about the joys and challenges of pre-adolescence. Here’s a summary of what they said: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS AGE? PARENTS It’s great to watch
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Finding Ways to Host at the Holidays

Welcoming family and friends to your home during the holidays can be rewarding for everyone but it is important to avoid stretching yourself thin; bringing more tension than joy. It can help to invite people
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Lying

Children sometimes lie to avoid punishment for something they have done. When this is the case a frustrated or angry response from mom or dad can aggravate the problem. Finding a way to respond empathically
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Family Night

Incorporating a family night into your week can help relieve pressure stemming from busy, demanding days and strengthen everyone’s relationships. The evening can include a ban on screens for adults and children, a fun group
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Meltdowns

Here are a few things to remember when and if your child has a meltdown. 1. Most children have meltdowns, not just yours. 2. Meltdowns usually spring from multiple causes that have built up over
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