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Risky Business: The Benefits of Letting Children Take Risks

The phrase “Helicopter Parent” gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s used to describe parents who overprotect their children from risk or failure, whether it’s physical or emotional. Most of us are not as extreme as “Helicopter Parents,” but we want to protect our children. Allowing our children to take risks can be challenging …

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Creatures Under The Bed: Toddler fears about imaginary things and ways to help

Spend just a few minutes playing with a toddler and it becomes clear that their imaginations are capable of taking them to wonderful places and on amazing adventures. The downside to their busy brains? They don’t come with an “off” switch. At around age 3, the fear of imaginary creatures (such as monsters or shadows …

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Growing Your Parenting Toolbox

Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t waltz into parenthood knowing what we’re doing. We seek guidance from family, peers, and pediatricians, but even then, parenting is still often a learn-as-you-go process, which is why we make mistakes and fall into parenting traps. The good news is that when it comes to parenting there is …

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Keep the Conversation Going: Talking With Kids

As parents, we invest a lot of time and attention in our baby’s language development. We sing songs, read board books, make extra effort to point out what things are called and to describe what we are doing throughout our day—even if it’s only folding laundry. And we delight in their accomplishments: first word, first …

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The Power of Groups

(This article appeared in the April 9, 2018 edition of the Register-Guard) When you are an expecting parent, your friends, family and co-workers may gush over cute baby clothes and name choices, provide their lists of top 10 “must-have” baby gear, and share stories of explosive diapers and gas smiles. Even when baby first arrives, …

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Working Parent Stress: Tips For Juggling Work and Family

Before you had children, how did you unwind after a long day at work? Maybe you met up with friends, hit the gym, went for a hike. . .maybe you did nothing at all—how amazing was that?! In that era, laundry could wait until the weekend; groceries could be put off until there was nothing …

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Create The Relationship You Want With Your Grandchild

Being a grandparent is an opportunity to create a fulfilling­ relationship for both grandparent and grandchild. The connection will be different with each grandchild and will depend on things such as personality and temperament, physical distance and understanding what appeals to each grandchild. To help in developing that connection, a great question to ask is: …

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Creating A Media Plan As A Family

The digital age is upon us. As children move up in school, it becomes harder to control what our children have access to. At some point, as a parent, you’ll likely want to develop a plan for media usage. You might find that “no limits” work just fine for your kiddo. Other families may need …

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Surviving (and Thriving) As A Single Parent

Single parenting often comes with extra stressors. As the sole care provider, it’s hard to be available for your child’s physical and emotional needs 100% of the time. And when taking a break is rare to come by, stressors can compound one another. However, there are ways to reduce and manage stress, as well as foster …

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