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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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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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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Balls are Great!

A simple ball offers a child so much! As they are often unpredictable, learning how to play with a ball can help build self confidence, focus, and many aspects of physical development. Of course they
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A Nice Afternoon for Everyone – (Finding a time to avoid saying “It’s time to go.”)

I was leading a workshop recently when a mother, Sarah, told the following story of an unusually relaxing time she had with her twin daughters – Eva and Marie. On one of the first warm
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Silly Helps – (Revised) – Ideas to Help Your Child Get to School With Less “Fuss”

as seen on A Child Grows in Brooklyn.com Lillian and her 1st grade daughter, Nora, visited Parents Helping Parents a few times when Nora was having a hard time getting to school on time. Their
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A Great Reward is Play Time with YOU!

If parents want to reward and/or encourage children’s cooperative behavior one excellent incentive is engaging play time with mom and/or dad. Examples from parents I have talked to recently are: “If you leave the house
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Silly Helps

Lillian and her 1st grade daughter, Nora, came to see me a few times when Nora was having a hard time getting to school on time. Their mornings had turned into a stream of fruitless
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