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Communicating With Your Child During Times Of Stress

As many parents’ balance working from home, helping their children with distance learning, and trying to meet everyone’s basic needs, communication skills can sometimes suffer under the weight of managing it all. It’s important—especially during times of stress—to give special attention to how we communicate with our children. Here, there, everywhere! There are a lot …

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Friends And Foes: Navigating Sibling Relationships

Friends And Foes: Navigating Sibling Relationships When baby number 2 was still in the womb, you may have daydreamed about what your children’s relationship would look like: “Will my oldest help get diapers for his baby brother?” Or “Will my youngest daughter dance like her older sister? Maybe they will perform in recitals together!” Flash …

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Groups Help Form Foundations For Parents

  Groups Help Form Foundations For Parents I became a father for the first time in July 2008, just five months after losing my own father. The joy of becoming a father, the daunting responsibility of raising a child, and the grief of losing my own father had me on quite the emotional rollercoaster. I …

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Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression

Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression It’s not uncommon for children to argue over a toy or become frustrated when they are told “no.” Fighting and aggression—whether it’s in the form of name calling, pushing, hitting, or refusing to share—are common responses when children lack problem-solving skills. It’s important to teach young children the value …

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Strategies For Giving Instructions

Strategies For Giving Instructions It seems straight-forward enough: “Please go brush your teeth.” But 5-minutes later, you find your child playing in their room, their teeth unbrushed and still covered in the night’s dinner. At first glance, it’s easy to assume that your child is purposely ignoring you or refusing your request. But, in many …

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Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better

Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better During an epic meltdown, it can be hard to reason with your toddler or preschooler. But how do you reach them when they are not in control of themselves? For many families, time-outs have become a frequently used parenting tool for exhausted parents. …

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Step 3 of Positive Parenting: Use Assertive Discipline

Step 3 of Positive Parenting: Use Assertive Discipline From telling little fibs to pulling their sibling’s hair, addressing challenging behavior is something parents do every day. A common thread in the Positive Parenting Program is how to manage the behavior you don’t want to see  in the moment and ways to prevent it in the …

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Use Discipline As A Teaching Moment

Use Discipline As A Teaching Moment This article appeared in the December 23, 2018 edition of the Register-Guard.  This November, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an update to its policy regarding corporal punishment, or, more commonly known in parenting circles, as spanking. Spanking is still legal in many states as a form of …

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Seasons Greetings: Tips for Having Visitors Over

Seasons Greetings: Tips for Having Visitors Over The winter holidays are just around the corner, which can lead to an influx in visitors in your home. Some children welcome grandma and grandpa into their home with open arms, others are slower to warm up. It’s completely normal for some children to be leery of having …

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Sobreviviendo al ser padre o madre soltera (Exitosamente)

Ser padre o madre soltera a menudo se acompaña de situaciones estresantes. Como única persona a cargo, es duro estar disponible al 100% en la necesidades físicas y emocionales de tu peque. Y mientras que los momentos de descanso son escasos, los estresantes vienen uno tras otro. Sin embargo, hay formas de reducir y manejar …

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