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How to Talk to Your Kids about Tragedies in the World

Whether it’s the recent shootings in Las Vegas, Texas, or Florida, or natural disasters like the California wildfires and Hurricane Irma, there are some troubling things going on in the world today. These and other tragedies in the world can be really hard for a child to digest. In fact, they can even “cause short- […]

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Emotion Coaching

We often spend a lot of effort teaching our children about a myriad of life and behavior skills: how to dress properly, how to use appropriate manners, how to read, to be healthy, to be active, develop their talents, to get their homework done on time, etc. According to John Gottman, Ph.D., one of the […]

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3 Ways to Calm a Fussy Baby

Your little baby is crying for the zillionth time today, and you’re not sure what to do. It seems like whatever you try just isn’t working! While you won’t always be able to calm your fussy baby, it’s important to try. Research shows that responding to your infant’s cries is key to building a secure […]

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3 Ways Yelling Hurts Your Kids

  “Aaron!” she yells out to her son.   No response.   “Aaaaaarooooooonnnn!” Her voice gets louder and angrier.   I try not to listen, but I can’t help but overhear as my neighbor’s shouts leak through our apparently too thin walls. While I’ve seen some great moments of love and parenting from this woman, […]

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4 Easy Steps to Survive the Transition to Parenthood

For many couples, becoming a parent is a dream come true! But some aspects of parenthood may seem like a nightmare, especially at first. With the birth of a new baby, it’s not just other children that struggle. Devoting so much time and attention to a new little one can leave a husband or wife […]

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The Power of Saying “Yes” to Your Child

Ever feel like sometimes you find yourself telling your children “no” a lot? The habit of making “no” your automatic response sometimes just seems easier, because a child’s requests might seem likely to cause more of a mess, stress, or complications to deal with. A clarifying new outlook can be found from taking the challenge […]

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The Scoop on ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a topic filled with diverse opinions. To some, it seems like a modern trend that can hardly count as a real diagnosis. For parents of children with ADHD, it is often a central focus of their lives, the cause of much stress, concern, and early grey hairs. Others struggle […]

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Encouraging Healthy Body Image in Kids

Children are amazing at mimicking their parent’s and older sibling’s behaviors. This can be a great thing, if they are seeing positivity and productivity displayed around them. However, when they see negativity, inappropriate behaviors or unrealistic ideals, they will still have tendencies to mimic those behaviors. It is imperative that parents take on the role […]

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Human Relationships

This is the fifth blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Click to view the previous installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Human relationships, and the effects of relationships on relationships, are the building blocks of healthy development.  (Wittmer & Petersen 2010). Core concept 5 of Human Development states, […]

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The Influence of Culture

This is the second blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Click here for part 1. All families and cultures have different backgrounds, experiences, dreams for their children, habits, and customs that guide their thinking about raising children (Coll & Magnuson, 2000). I was raised in a military family.  Punctuality was important […]

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