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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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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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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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Childproofing for the Outdoors

Following up on last week’s water safety post, this week we discuss other ways to keep your kids safe in your own backyard. Summer is officially in full swing, which means the sprinklers are flowing and swimsuits have become everyday wear. As toddlers and young children ask to spend more and more time playing outside, …

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