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Teaching Children the Importance of Sacrifice

In an article about helping children learn to sacrifice, author Duane E. Hiatt wrote begins by stating how infants are “self-absorbed, uninhibited, spontaneous, [and] sit in the center of their own universe surrounded by mirrors that reflect their cuteness.” While these characteristics are expected and even necessary for survival in an infant, these are not desirable […]

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The Why and How of Tummy Time

  As you try your best to raise your little ones right, you’ve probably come across the phrase “tummy time.” While it sounds like just a cute catch phrase, tummy time is much more than that! In fact, research shows that babies need tummy time starting at day one (1). While putting your baby to sleep on […]

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Fatherlessness: What Happens When Dad’s Not Around?

  Many Disney princesses grow up missing either a father or mother, and sometimes even both! Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and more don’t get to spend much time learning from and enjoying their dads. In the 2009 Disney film The Princess and the Frog (1), however, Tiana gets to learn some great life lessons from her dad […]

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“The Talk” for Parents (Part 2)

If, “go ask your mother/father,” and “we’ll tell you when you’re older,” sounds familiar to you, you aren’t alone.  If they still didn’t tell you when you were older, they were vague, or you had one awkward conversation about the “birds and the bees,” you still aren’t alone.  It’s estimated over 40 percent of parents don’t […]

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“The Talk” for Parents (Part 1)

  I came home from school one day with a slip of paper for my mom or dad to sign.  I handed it to her and asked what it was for. Mom told me it wasn’t a bad thing, but I may want to talk about it after school that day. The slip extended an […]

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Down Syndrome: Understanding Differences #TrisomyAwarenessMonth

As a teenager, I was always self-conscious about my unusually hairy arms. To make matters worse, one day when I was babysitting, a little girl asked me, “Why are your arms so hairy?” The question took me off guard at first. Most people my age knew better than to point out such differences. But this […]

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Helping Your Preschooler Love to Read

  As parents and child educators, we understand that reading is important for children. Early reading and comprehension skills are linked to later success in adult life. Children who have plenty of experiences with books and reading before kindergarten are more likely to be successful readers. But even some of these children struggle with reading. […]

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Discipline: Knowing the Facts

Discipline is never the fun part of parenting. In fact, many parents dread the moment when they’ll need to discipline their child in hopes of teaching him or her to behave in a better manner. Oftentimes, parents are influenced on discipline by their culture, society, friends and family. Parents look to who they know and […]

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Child Nutrition: Dividing the Responsibility between You and Your Child

Trying to keep your children eating a balanced and nutritious diet can start to feel like a battle sometimes! Around age 1 ½ they might learn the power of saying “no”, and especially enjoy practicing this new-found power at the dinner table. Sometimes it just seems easier to let them have another cookie instead of […]

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Emotion Coaching

We often spend a lot of effort teaching our children about a myriad of life and behavior skills: how to dress properly, how to use appropriate manners, how to read, to be healthy, to be active, develop their talents, to get their homework done on time, etc. According to John Gottman, Ph.D., one of the […]

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