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Parenting Takes A Village

Parenting Takes A Village This article appeared in the January 14, 2019 edition of the Register-Guard.  We are social creatures by nature. In the earliest years of our existence on Earth, our survival depended on having family and friends in our village to feed, shelter and comfort us. Today’s world is vastly different from 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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Bah Humbug! Reducing Holiday Upsets

The holidays are an exciting time for children. The lights, the sounds, abundance of frosted sugar cookies . . . excitement fills the air! For toddlers, however, the change to routine, excitement of toys, and new stimuli can result in emotional ups and downs, including more tantrums or, as we like to frame them, “upsets.” …

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Better Together: Parenting As a Team

Better Together: Parenting As a Team While rocking your newborn to sleep and gazing lovingly into her eyes, you’re likely not thinking about what you’ll do when she is 3-years old and throwing peas at you during mealtime. Even less likely is that you are considering how your partner would handle the situation. But as …

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What To Do When Your Child Is A Bully

What To Do When Your Child Is A Bully Bullying is all over in the news today. It’s an important topic and one that deserve our attention as it becomes increasingly hard for today’s teenagers to safely navigate their social world. There are warning signs to look for when you suspect that your child is …

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Your Unique Toddler

Toddlers are explosive bundles of personality and energy. One minute they are charming you with their rendition of “Shake It Off.” The next, they are in emotional meltdown mode over their milk being too “milky.” From one minute to the next, you never know what to expect with a toddler. But that’s part of the …

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Fright Night Fears: Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary for Children

Halloween decorations are in full force in stores and around town. You may notice your preschooler feeling a little more fearful than usual with the spooks and goblins lining store shelves. If your preschooler is on the younger side, this might be the first year they became truly afraid around Halloween. One of the social …

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Managing Negative Self-Talk

Children can sometimes believe negative things about themselves. Negative “self-talk” may include thinking they are dumb, ugly, mean, or a bad person. They may say things like “No one likes me,” or “I hate how I look.” It can be hard to hear your child talk this way about themselves, but you can support them …

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