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When Children Lie

My son and a friend of his were playing in our backyard one day.  Suddenly, the two of them threw open the back door and came racing up to me, yelling at each other, “Did not!”  “Did too!”  My son’s friend, Michael, stated very adamantly, “Joey said the ‘s’ word!”  Joey looked at me with […]

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Playing with Your Child

Play has developmental value Research has repeatedly shown that play has numerous developmental benefits for children. Children “practice” the concepts they learn through their play. It is delightful to see children focus on a block or science activity for hours as they learn about how things work. Other reasons for play include: Children learn math […]

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Benefits of “Baby Talk”: Infant Language Stimulation

When a new baby is around a group of adults, chances are that you will hear many people launch into an animated, high-pitched voice and make silly sounds that would be quite amusing out of context. It just so happens that this type of silly communication we use in fawning over babies is helpful to […]

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Active Exploration Promotes Child Development

This is the fourth blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Click here for part 1, click here for part 2, and click here for part 3. Children are motivated to learn about themselves, others, and the world in which they live (Wittmer & Petersen 2010). Have you ever watched a newborn […]

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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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10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting – Part 5

This is part five of 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting post based on Laurence Steinberg’s book with the same title. Here are principles nine and ten with their major concepts also listed. 9. Explain your rules and decisions. “Good parents have expectations they want their child to live up to. Generally, parents over-explain to […]

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10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting – Part 4

This is part four of 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting post based on Laurence Steinberg’s book with the same title. Here are principles seven and eight with their major concepts also listed.  7. Be consistent. “If your rules vary from day to day in an unpredictable fashion, or if you enforce them only intermittently, […]

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10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting – Part 3

The following is part three of 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting post based on Laurence Steinberg’s book with the same title. Here are principles five and six with their major concepts listed. 5.  Establish and set rules. “If you don’t manage your child’s behavior when he is young, he will have a hard time […]

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10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting – Part 2

Part 2 of the post “10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting” based on Laurence Steinberg’s book with the same title. Here are principles three and four with their major concepts. 3.  Be involved in your child’s life. “Being an involved parent takes time and is hard work and it often means rethinking and rearranging your […]

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