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Why Kids Need the Chance to Choose

  When kids are young (and even when they’re older!), it can seem like the best way to teach good behavior is by setting lots of rules and limits. And of course, children do need some limits set with love. But as parenting expert Alfie Kohn explains in his book Unconditional Parenting, kids need “to […]

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Teaching Our Children to Appreciate Diversity

We live in the great American melting pot, full of people from different races, ethnicities, religions, and beliefs. And truly, part of what makes this country so great is that diversity! But sometimes, all those differences can be hard to handle. It’s not always easy to accept people with different ideas and backgrounds. And yet […]

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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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Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development

From an early age, many children are interested in talking about right and wrong. They learn that good is rewarded in society and that “bad guys” are punished. However, explaining to inquisitive children why something is right and okay and why some things are simply morally wrong can be difficult. It may take adjusting the […]

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What Children Really Need – Part 2

This is part two to the post explaining what children really need (see part 1 here). Below are the next three rights Carlson says children deserve. Each child has the right to a home built on marriage. Research has come to the conclusion that “children are most likely to be healthy, happy, well-behaved, and responsible; […]

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Gifts for the Mind

The best gifts are those that give knowledge and experiences. Extracurricular activities such as dance, or a special science program are educational experiences that can benefit children intellectually and developmentally. For example, “Studies have shown that dancing can improve memory and everyday performance, in addition to reducing dementia risk over the long-term,” according to Dr. […]

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Raising Caring, Moral Children

An article from the Washington Post reported on a study that determined 5 ways parents can help their child to be nice to others. From this study 80% of the children stated their parents were more concerned about their child’s achievement or happiness than their concern for others. The researchers said, “Children are not born […]

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Raising Resilient Children

Resilience: the ability to adapt effectively in spite of serious threats to development. This is something that we all want our children to develop. We want to help them succeed even when the odds are against them. Research has found some consistent themes of what factors promote resiliency in children. These protective factors fall under […]

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