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Family Activities for Winter Break Fun

Finding a way to keep children entertained during the holidays can be tough. We might want children to watch television so we can get to cooking or get other things done around the house. However, instead of keeping kids up in front of the television we can plan activities for the children. Some ways to […]

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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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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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“You Can’t Go…”

My 15-year-old son, David, was supposed to leave for Washington D.C. on a band field trip at 5 a.m. the next day.  One of his responsibilities before he left was to pull the weeds in the garden.  When he had been assigned this job two weeks before, the garden didn’t look too bad and the […]

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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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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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