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Child Nutrition: Dividing the Responsibility between You and Your Child

Trying to keep your children eating a balanced and nutritious diet can start to feel like a battle sometimes! Around age 1 ½ they might learn the power of saying “no”, and especially enjoy practicing this new-found power at the dinner table. Sometimes it just seems easier to let them have another cookie instead of […]

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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 Benefits of Family Routines and Rituals

I don’t know when it became a part of everyday life, but somehow it did. It happened one day, maybe on accident, but then it happened again. Soon it became a pattern. At the end of each day when we both were home from work and school, my spouse and I walked to the mailbox […]

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

  It’s a familiar scene. A young child at the mall, tired and overwhelmed, begins to scream and throw a tantrum, much to their parents’ humiliation and frustration. When this occurs, there might seem to be no logical reason for the continued lashing-out of the emotionally-charged little one. A parent’s diligent efforts to calm their […]

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Adoption: Teens Need Families, No Matter What

  I have to admit that I didn’t fully appreciate my parents when I was a teen. It wasn’t until moving out of the house for the first time that I realized just how much I really needed them! When I burned French toast and set off the fire alarm, I called home. When I […]

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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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3 Reasons Why Family Work Should Be a Priority

It’s the third time you’ve asked today, and Suzie still won’t take five minutes to sweep the kitchen. Jimmy has been playing video games for hours, but he refuses to stop and vacuum the living room. Natalie is dragging her feet yet again and still hasn’t fed the dog. Sound familiar? After constantly nagging your […]

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3 Ways Labeling Hurts Your Kids

Teachers talk to each other about that “problem child” in their class. Parents worry because their son is hyperactive, or their daughter is shy. As adults, we often label children based on their behaviors or traits. How  do these labels affect children? Here are a few reasons that adults should be cautious about labeling children. […]

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Family Resolutions for 2018

It’s an American tradition to make resolutions for the new year. But sometimes these resolutions are so lofty, people don’t keep up with them. This year, keep it simple. Instead of making a whole list of complicated goals for the year that are way too specific, make some general decisions that apply to the whole […]

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