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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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3 Ways Over-scheduling Can Hurt Your Kids

In this day and age, parents get a lot of pressure. In order to do their job right, their kid has to end up at Harvard, become a famous scientist, and change the world — or at the very least be high school valedictorian! And all the while, parents are also supposed to somehow mix […]

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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 Adolescents Independence

Adolescents dream about the day when they will be on their own–have their own home, make their own choices, and reach their potential. The independence needed to fully live on one’s own, however, must be learned. A parent’s teaching and approach towards their teenager influences how an adolescent develops responsibility, self-sufficiency, and independence. (more…)

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3 Ways Empathy Can Help Your Kids

Today, everything seems to be going right for once. You successfully gave your daughter a bath, you let her choose her favorite outfit, and you even got in some quality play-time! Things are looking pretty good. But then, disaster strikes! Or at least, that’s what your daughter seems to think. She’s perfectly happy one minute, […]

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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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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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Resources for Parents and Families of Autistic Children – Supporting Parents and Families with an Autistic Child (pt. 2)

Part 2: Resources for Parents and Families of Autistic Children The information for this article is taken from a qualitative research study and report by Stephanie Williamson. The research focused on the coping strategies of 12 different mothers who had between one and three children with autism. Mothers, who are often the main caretakers of […]

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What is Autism – Supporting Parents and Families with an Autistic Child (pt. 1)

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disability that effects millions of children and their families. Many of us are familiar with autism from children that we knew growing up, neighbors and relatives, or from characters in movies, books, or TV. Families that have a child with autism know that there is often […]

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Positive and Negative Reinforcement

  When it comes to children, teaching them behaviors that they need to repeat and not repeat is never an easy task. But what makes decisions on parenting a lot easier is understanding the benefits of encouraging or discouraging certain behaviors. Both positive and negative reinforcements are used for all age categories and levels of […]

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