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In The Moment: Being a More Present Parent

Our children are connected and attached to us! Sometimes that attachment is overwhelming and it seems like they just want our attention all the time. Whether it’s an infant’s cry, your older son endlessly talking about Minecraft, or your toddler needing extra snuggles at the end of a long day,  it’s built into their DNA—and …

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The Lazy—and Learning—Days of Summer

August has always been my favorite part of summer—first as child and then as a teacher. For many of us, the school-year calendar dictates our schedules and time available to relax and play in the summer sun.  My family moved to Eugene 21 years ago from a small town on coastal Maine. Our first summer …

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Spring Into STEAM

Spring Into STEAM As your child gets to be preschool and kindergarten age, you might hear a lot of talk about the importance of STEAM, or its earlier version STEM. STEAM is an acronym for: Science Technology Engineering Art Math STEAM (and STEM) is a way for educators and parents to help children combine different …

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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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Grandparenting In A Busy, Modern World

  For most of us who are grandparents, time with our grandchildren is a gift. We build a satisfying relationship based on the time we spend together and communicate in between visits. And that may be all we want or need. However, every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and …

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Helping Hands: Teach Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up

Helping Hands: Teach Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up This scene is all too familiar: You’ve spent the morning cleaning while you’re child is at preschool. But the minute they come home, all your hard work is dismantled within a matter of minutes. This blog post will challenge you to look at an alternative perspective. …

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Step 4 of Positive Parenting: Have Realistic Expectations

Step 4 of Positive Parenting: Have Realistic Expectations One of the primary goals of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is show that parenting education is for every family. Whether you’re currently experiencing high levels of stress or have found a good balance in your life, we can all benefit from learning the basic principles of positive parenting. Over …

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Ways to Avoid Separation Problems After Holiday Breaks

Ways to Avoid Separation Problems After Holiday Breaks It’s likely that it took your child a few weeks—maybe months—to make the adjustment from part-time preschool to elementary school. Can’t blame them—it’s a big leap! Class size is double the number of students, the school is bigger, new teacher and rules to follow, more formal instruction, …

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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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