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10 Potty Training Tips

Potty training is another milestone in your child’s life. It is important to make sure your child is ready for potty training. Through this long process it is key that you as a parent remain patient. Although every child is different, most children are ready to begin toilet training between 2 and 3 years of […]

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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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Stepfamilies: Ensuring a Happy, Blended Holiday Season

Holiday’s can be stressful for stepfamilies, especially since children may have to go with an ex or ex spouse for the holidays. Some tips found online include: Plan early where the children will go for the holidays. Don’t make promises in the family you can’t keep. Be realistic with plans. Create new holiday traditions. Also […]

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Family Recreation (pt. 1): The Benefits

Charles Francis Adams was a grandson of the second president of the United States, a successful lawyer, and ambassador to Great Britain. He took his son fishing one day and wrote in his journal “Went fishing with my son today. A day wasted.” On the same day, his son wrote “Went fishing with my father […]

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Benefits of Extended Family

The extended family can be a blessing for a family. The extended family consists of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The best memories I have growing up consist of my grandparents watching me. In the days when I would sleep over, I would get scared and end up sleeping on the floor of my grandparents […]

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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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Parents Comparing Siblings

A study done by BYU found that siblings might become more different over time as a result of their parents’ beliefs about them and the comparisons they make between them. The study looked at 388 teenage first- and second-born siblings and their parents’ beliefs about them. What they found was most parents believed their oldest […]

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Sensitive Parenting

Research shows that consistent sensitivity from parents has a positive influence on all domains of infants’ development. Parental sensitivity refers to a parent’s ability to be in tune with their infant’s cues and signals and respond correctly and consistently. Parental sensitivity and responsiveness includes providing support and care during distress, encouraging confidence and agency of […]

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Why Marriage Matters

Marriage is important for more reasons than you may think. “Why Marriage Matters” is a book that highlights 30 conclusions from social sciences that proclaim the importance of marriage. They have compiled the 30 reasons into 5 domains. Here is a list of the 30 findings. Family Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers […]

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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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