Everyone at every age needs attention! It feels good when someone focuses his or her full attention on you. Being attentive also feels good to your infant or toddler (and older children). For children, getting attention is even more important than for adults. Children need attention in order to grow, develop self-esteem and a positive […]
There was so much joy and celebration and support at our auction this past Friday night! Giving to our community can bring joy not just for adults, but for kids too. Mandi Vance’s post explains the joy children find in giving and how you as a parent can help facilitate it.
Your toddler is talking, exploring and being more independent. They are also having to manage all sorts of emotions. Tips for helping your child learn to handle their emotions.
Whether it is an injustice of the past (such as slavery or the Holocaust) or today (Ferguson, Mo., or Flint, Mich.), difficult world realities come up even with very young children. Parents have to decide how to respond. I’m a rabbi who has been teaching kids a long time, and I’m a parent. When Parenting […]
“Everybody is always telling you when you are doing something wrong; no one ever tells you when you are doing something good.” A single dad of two preschool age boys said this while participating in a 10-week video coaching program at Pearl Buck Center’s preschool. Pearl Buck Preschool is a tuition-free preschool serving children and […]
Every day at Parenting Now! and Relief Nursery, we are rewarded by the success of a parent who nurtures and protects their child instead harming or putting them at risk, overcomes an obstacle, or makes a better decision when feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. But there is still much work to be done. April is Child […]
The Emotion Regulation in Families study, which is part of the Psychology Department at the University of Oregon, is seeking mothers of children aged 36-60 months who have experienced the following in their lives: fear of abandonment in relationships, difficulty controlling anger, being impulsive, and having relationships with extreme ups and downs. Additional screening qualifications […]
Parent-Child Programs Holds Promise Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. Increasingly, scientific evidence on child development is revealing […]
Like most things in life, making the transition from home to school requires some practice. An infant does not understand that the parent will be back until they experience it.
On-going contact provides birth parents with the reassurance that their child is thriving in the adoptive home. This helps them feel at peace with their decision. Knowing that the birth parents fully support the adoption, the adoptive parents feel secure in welcoming the birth parents into their lives.
In reality, how does it work? We asked the birth mother and adoptive parents of Carly to talk about the experience of going through an open adoption. Michele, the adoptive mother, says, “It was always my expectation to have as open a relationship as possible.”