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Are family meals worth it?

Are family meals worth it? For as long as I can remember, my family had dinner together.  Whether mom made dinner  or we had take-out, we ate together.  I just assumed it would always be like that.  Then after getting married my husband and I found out it’s a lot harder than it seemed.  At […]

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Encouraging Healthy Body Image in Kids

Children are amazing at mimicking their parent’s and older sibling’s behaviors. This can be a great thing, if they are seeing positivity and productivity displayed around them. However, when they see negativity, inappropriate behaviors or unrealistic ideals, they will still have tendencies to mimic those behaviors. It is imperative that parents take on the role […]

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The Importance of Close Parent-Child Relationships

How important is the relationship between a parent and a child? Are there really long term effects for taking time to bond with your child or even neglecting your child? The answers may seem obvious. Of course the parent-child relationship matters and is critical to a child’s health and well-being. As every  relationship is critical […]

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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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Learning Self-Regulation

This is the third blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Click here for part 1 and click here for part 2. The ability to self-regulate is the backdrop of capabilities that allow the child to concentrate on a task, focus on another person’s feedback in a social situation, and control emotions […]

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The Influence of Culture

This is the second blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Click here for part 1. All families and cultures have different backgrounds, experiences, dreams for their children, habits, and customs that guide their thinking about raising children (Coll & Magnuson, 2000). I was raised in a military family.  Punctuality was important […]

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Nature vs. Nurture

This is the first blog in a series titled, “The Core Concepts of Development.” Both nature (genetic influences) and nurture (influences of environment, experience, and education) affect children’s development. When my first child, David, was born, I was determined to be the perfect parent.  David was a very calm and obedient child.  As I would […]

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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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What Children Really Need – Part 1

Allan Carlson has been on the quest to answer the question “How can we protect children in our time?” He has researched in all the different disciplines: sociology, psychology, medicine, child development, and history. To answer this question, he wrote “What Children Really Need- Another Way to Look at Children’s Rights,” in which he outlines […]

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Teaching Children to Listen, Admire & Reason

While parents strive for their children to gain knowledge, it is important to consider that teaching them through example is the best way to learn. The three key points in developing a child’s intellect include: 1. Listening Listening shows respect for the person that is talking. At a young age, children learn to listen through […]

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