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The Need for Children to Play Alone

People usually act differently when they feel someone is watching them. Children will also play differently depending on if someone is watching them or not. Children need time to let their imaginations run wild and to learn how to exercise their own choices during play (PBS). During play, children are able to be themselves and […]

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The Birth of a Sibling

The birth of a second child changes the lives of everyone in the family but especially that of the firstborn. Research has found that firstborns usually “have positive, long-lasting relationships with their siblings, and they invest in the relationships over a lifetime.” There are lots of factors that influence whether a sibling relationship will develop […]

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Sleep: How Critical It Is for Your Child

How do you feel when you are sleep deprived? Do you feel grumpy, on edge, short-tempered or simply feel that your eyelids are too heavy to keep open? Well, children feel the same way when they are not getting enough sleep. It is important to understand why sleep is so critical for your child’s health […]

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Talking to Teenagers about Sex and Values

Talking to teenagers about sexuality is never an easy thing for parents. Many parents feel inadequate and worried they will be asked something they don’t know how to answer. They are uncomfortable and afraid to bring up something before a child is ready. It isn’t hard to see that children and teenagers today are bombarded […]

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Marital Happiness for Parents and Parents-To-Be

For most engaged couples and newlyweds, the word marriage brings thoughts of wedding bells, love, friendship, and harmonious bliss. Quickly, they find that marriage is work. Instead of merely an arrangement of pleasure, it starts to feel more like an investment in which we must give much to ultimately reap large dividends of joy. Couples […]

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Loving by Leading: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When adults in a research study were asked, “What did your parents do to teach you good values and good character?” their answers were varied. Some mentioned their parent’s love, their high expectations, their firm dis­cipline, and their wisdom. But, the most common answer was, “My parents set a good example.” It is a daunting […]

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Loving by Leading: Your Child’s Conscience

In this blog series on parenting, we have learned that children are naturally prone to be self-centered and impulsive. So, now you might ask, “How do I teach my child to adopt proper attitudes and behaviors?” Every person has a conscience. Conscience is defined as “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in […]

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Loving By Leading: The Nature of a Child

Babies are so cute, cuddly, and appear so innocent, especially as newborns. By 4 months they are smiling and cooing in response to every smiling face. Then, as they begin crawling and walking, they are even more fascinating to watch. But something seems to change when they enter that second year. Toddlers become more self-assertive […]

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Loving By Leading: Why Some Parents Are Hesitant to Lead

If leadership in parenting is so important and rewarding, as mentioned in our last blog, why don’t all parents take this approach? In his book, Loving By Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children, Dr. Trumbull offers a few possibilities: Paralyzed by uncertainty. Many parents are so unsure about their parenting, they […]

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Loving by Leading: Why Should Parents Lead?

As we continue this series based upon the book, Loving By Leading, you might ask the question, “Why do parents need to lead their children? Don’t they need the freedom to make decisions and grow?” Dr. Trumbull answers, “Most children do not know what is best for them and, when given the opportunity, will make […]

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