How to Improve Behavior - Without Punishing

How to Improve Behavior - Without Punishing
Sometimes it seems like our children are constantly fighting us. Everything leads to a tantrum and they won't follow directions to save their lives. You might be wondering what else to try to manage this behavior besides yelling and punishment. Here are a few strategies for improving behavior by connecting and teaching. Set up routines and rules to eliminate power struggles . Consistency is crucial for kids because it helps them feel safe and kno...
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Parent's Guide to ABA Therapy

Parent's Guide to ABA Therapy
Your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, and your doctor has recommended ABA therapy, but what is that and how can it help your child? ABA Therapy stands for Applied Behavior Analysis and is one of the most common interventions for children with autism. The goal of ABA therapy is to teach skills and change behaviors. The skills taught in ABA are individualized for each child, based on their needs. ABA is a data driven approach that u...
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Speech Development 12-18 Months: When to Seek Extra Help

Speech Development 12-18 Months: When to Seek Extra Help
"No two children develop alike." "Don't compare your child to someone else's child." Don't get me wrong, this advice has its place. However, there are always two sides to every coin. A range exists for when children are most ready and able to learn certain skills, and if we aren't seeing those skills there might be underlying medical or physical concerns. What's the risk? A child just might catch up with their peers as time goes on, but research ...
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Bigger than Bullies

Bigger than Bullies
‚Äč From the stepsisters in Disney's Cinderella to Lotso in Disney's Toy Story 3, it is not uncommon to see the role of bullies presented in family movies. Unfortunately, this behavior can happen outside of the screen. As your children take on the world, there are ways to teach them how to react to bullying, prevent it, and change their own behavior if they engage in bullying. How Children Can React to Bullies: Talk to a trusted adult, parent, or t...
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How Bilingualism Can Improve Your Child's Well-being

How Bilingualism Can Improve Your Child's Well-being
Learning a new language is not an easy task. There can be a lot of barriers present in learning a second language: different conjugations, unknown pronunciations, atypical phrases, and the list goes on. However, as someone who learned a language as a child, I have come to highly appreciate my unique abilities that emerged in my youth. Let's take a look at how learning a second language helps children in school, and as they grow and develop. Resea...
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5 Benefits of Owning a Pet

5 Benefits of Owning a Pet
Do you remember the first pet you ever owned? I remember being 5 years old when I got my first pet; a blue betta fish named Rainbow Blue. I was thrilled to have this little fish that was all mine. Every day I made sure to feed it and attend to its needs. Eventually, I got pet crabs and then a dog! Each pet we owned gave me confidence as I cared for them. It also helped me create memories that have lasted a lifetime. I learned many skills from the...
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10 Activities to Take the Gloom Out of Rainy Days

10 Activities to Take the Gloom Out of Rainy Days
We all know the nursery rhyme rain, rain, go away, come again another day. I'll be the first to admit that rainy days get me down, but it doesn't have to be that way. I'm here to share both indoor and outdoor activities so that you and your children can make the most out of rainy days together. Outdoor Activity Ideas: Dance in the rain- this is a really simple, but fun way to spend a little time out in the rain. Play some music or sing a song tog...
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What Should I Consider When Making a Birth Plan?

What Should I Consider When Making a Birth Plan?
Having a birth plan is a growing desire for pregnant women. First introduced in the 1980s due to increased medical births, birth plans have been a source for many women to relay their preferences during and around the time of childbirth. If you choose to have a written plan in place, take some time in the weeks before your baby arrives to decide what's important to you in your birthing experience. Below I will share different kinds of birthing pl...
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4 Ways to Boost Your Confidence in Car Seat Safety

4 Ways to Boost Your Confidence in Car Seat Safety
Nearly two years ago my husband and I were getting ready to bring our newborn baby home from the hospital. As I put my tiny baby in his car seat for the first time I felt nervous and unsure that I was doing everything right, even though I had spent time preparing for this moment. Using a car seat properly can be an overwhelming task for parents, so I'm here to share a few tips with you to help you feel more confident in keeping your child safe in...
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Outdoor play - an easy way to promote health and learning for kids

Outdoor play - an easy way to promote health and learning for kids
Recently, my husband and I took our nearly two-year-old son on a nature walk. We found a quiet stream and sat along the edge. We began tossing pebbles in the stream and our son quickly became interested in doing the same. He was so intrigued with the impact the different sizes of pebbles made on the water and the splashes they produced. It brought me back to my childhood and how simple outdoor activities are some of my favorite memories. This mad...
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6 Phrases for Successful Interactions with Your Child

6 Phrases for Successful Interactions with Your Child
"Why didn't I think of that?" frequently crosses the minds of parents watching other parents handle their children successfully in the grocery store, during a playdate, or out in public. Memorizing some short basic phrases and the situations in which to use them creates confidence even in doubtful parents. 1. Say yes more than you say no . Even when you have to say no it can be done gently. For example, "I know you want a cookie, you can have one...
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How Parents Can Model Social-Emotional Skills

How Parents Can Model Social-Emotional Skills
Nearly all children could benefit from social/emotional coaching. The purpose of social and emotional coaching is to help children learn social skills, emotional intelligence, and behaviors. These abilities can help children relate to their peers and regulate their own emotions. It might sound like a daunting task for parents and caregivers to teach children how to regulate their emotions. However, there are very simple things parents can do as t...
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5 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Summer Break

5 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Summer Break
Summer can be a fun and exciting time for families! There are so many activities they can do together, it feels like the options are endless. At the same time, summer break can sometimes feel stressful. Changing from a structured school schedule to extra free time can be overwhelming for kids (and parents). With a little bit of planning and a few tips, you can make the transition to summer a smooth one. 1. Keep a schedule Keeping a schedule durin...
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4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents

4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents
Summer is right around the corner and I, for one, could not be more excited to have some fun in the sun. From swimming to evening bike rides, there is so much to look forward to. With all this fun in mind, my thoughts have also turned to what I can do as a parent to keep my son safe during our summer activities. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as you are preparing for summer fun with your children: 1. Water Safety Tips According to the...
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Screen Time Series (Part 3): Parents on Screens: How to Model Mindful Use

Screen Time Series (Part 3): Parents on Screens: How to Model Mindful Use
  "More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents. " This statement jogged my memory of a photo I once saw. It was of a couple sitting up in bed, as they were illuminated by the light of their phones in the darkness of the night. Neither of them appeared to be speaking to the other. They each were focused solely on the device they held in their hands. Since then, I have seen other photos that depict ...
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Screen Time Series (2): Alternative Activities & Managing Multiple Kids' Screen Time

Screen Time Series (2): Alternative Activities & Managing Multiple Kids' Screen Time
Imagine that you are at home with your children. You're scrolling through your social media feed while your spouse is working on their laptop. Your toddler and preschooler are watching a children's program on the television and your school-aged child is playing a game on your tablet. Suddenly the power goes out, taking the precious Wi-Fi connection with it. What do you do? How can you keep your family "entertained" without the screens that are re...
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Screens are Here to Stay!

Screens are Here to Stay!
Getting our very first TV was a huge event: my sister and I could watch black-and-white shows, but only around bedtime. Fast forward a few decades, and now screens are everywhere (at work, in school, and at home; even in our bedrooms), available 24/7 and used for an endless variety of purposes. Right before the first lockdowns of 2020, a nationally representative survey found that about half of the parents said whether or not their infant or todd...
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Spring Time Nature Crafts

Spring Time Nature Crafts
Are you tired of being stuck inside? Are you ready for spring? You are not alone! It is exciting to have warmer weather right around the corner. Children may be tired of being inside and parents are running out of ideas and activities for their children to do indoors. Here are a couple of fun and easy things to do on a beautiful spring day. Nature Collection Pick a nice sunny day to go to the park or walk around your neighborhood to do a nature c...
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Prioritizing Self-Care: How to Make YOU-time Happen!

Prioritizing Self-Care: How to Make YOU-time Happen!
  Have you ever been on an airplane? Before the plane takes off the flight attendant reminds the passengers where the safety exits are located and how to access the overhead oxygen mask. Importantly, they instruct the passengers to put on their masks before helping another person. Why is it important to put your oxygen on first? Simply put, if you don't have oxygen you are unable to help the person next to you. It seems intuitive, but moms a...
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Learning About Autism for Autism Appreciation Month

Learning About Autism for Autism Appreciation Month
The month of April is Autism Appreciation Month! According to the CDC, 1 in 44 children are autistic, so it is very likely that your child will interact with or know someone with autism. This month is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about empathy. Here are a few ways to do so! Read Books Together There are so many great picture books that can help kids learn about autism, and autistic people. Here is a list of 10 books th...
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