Bind Together During Hard Times: Family Stress and Coping Strategies

Every family deals with stress. This is normal and it is not always a bad thing. Families can experience stress when waiting for something exciting, like adding a new child to the family. This stress helps motivate preparation for the new baby. Stress can help us realize that something is wrong and it can help push us to be better. However, big stressful events or chronic, long-term stress can be hard on family relationships. The stress the famil...
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EAT, SLEEP, WAKE, REPEAT: The Importance of Routines in Childhood

Every morning is the same. Wake up. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Brush your teeth. It may feel like you are in a cycle of doing the same thing every day, but according to zerotothree.org , having a daily routine for your child can help them build brain power and help support good mental health. For the free spirit, routines may seem too rigid, but there are ways to have a solid routine and also keep it flexible. Routines can come in any shape or s...
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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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Cómo suavizar la hora de dormir

Cómo suavizar la hora de dormir
  Si es un desafío acostar a su hijo, usted no está solo. Ya sea que pida un vaso de agua cada 5 minutos, escuche "No estoy cansado," o un berrinche en general, la hora de acostarse puede ser caótica. Todos sabemos que es importante dormir, pero para los niños, recibir suficiente sueño ayuda con las cosas como el comportamiento o el aprendizaje. Los estudios muestran que los malos hábitos en la niñez pueden conducir a dificultades para dormi...
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Reading tips that meet your child's level

Reading tips that meet your child's level
Teaching a child to read can feel like a huge responsibility especially when your child is behind or above grade level. How are you going to catch them up or how are you going to keep propelling them forward? Read below for some tips and tricks on how to aid your child in their reading development. Kids who are behind on their reading. Seek reading support sooner rather than later. If you notice your child is behind classmates or siblings, don't ...
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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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5 Ways to Encourage Good Behavior While Handling Negative Behaviors

5 Ways to Encourage Good Behavior While Handling Negative Behaviors
I was so excited to meet my nephew and watch him discover what life has to offer. We were enamored by his first words and loved to hear him giggle.. then came the pureed fruit packets. For weeks, his parents sternly told him, "No!" as he would spray the sauce from his mouth on to them. They were trying to change his behavior but were only reinforcing it. It wasn't until they decided to not acknowledge the bad behavior that it began to stop. Wheth...
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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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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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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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How to Prevent a Public Temper Tantrum

How to Prevent a Public Temper Tantrum
Every parent has witnessed a temper tantrum at one time or another. Your child is screaming while you stand there trying to decide what to do. It can be even more daunting when you have an audience watching. Public temper tantrums can be difficult, but below you will find some positive parenting strategies to ease the stress when there's a crowd watching. Setting Your Child up for Success : One of the best ways to avoid a temper tantrum is to giv...
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Talking to Your Child About Sex

Talking to Your Child About Sex
Not many topics frighten parents more than talking to their child about sex. However, I hope to convince you if you start early, you can talk about sex bit by bit and create an even closer relationship with your child. Suggestion 1 Start early. Begin by referring to your child's body parts (genitalia included) using the correct terms. A penis is a penis, not some silly nickname. The vulva is the vulva, not "your nether regions" or "down there." W...
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The Health Benefits of Gratitude

The Health Benefits of Gratitude
We have all heard that gratitude will improve our mental health and encourage positive thinking, but did you know that gratitude can also improve your physical health? Over the years, studies have shown that gratitude can improve psychological well-being , self-esteem, and relationships. It is linked with reducing aggression , impatience, and depressive symptoms. We have been long aware of these tremendous mental health benefits. But studies have...
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How Fathers Can Bond with Their Babies

How Fathers Can Bond with Their Babies
A few weeks ago, I was watching my husband play with our 6 month old son, tossing him lightly into the air, and I felt my heart drop from where I sat. My heart couldn't handle the fear as I saw the potential for him to fall and get hurt, but at the same time, I loved the sound of the giggles and laughter from the two of them. I was terrified, but they were having the time of their lives! I know I play and laugh with my son, but it's so different ...
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6 Surprising Secrets about Feeding

6 Surprising Secrets about Feeding
Have you ever wondered about the best ways to encourage infants or children to eat healthy, nutritious food? Dietician and family therapist Ellyn Satter offers some advice. You may be surprised by some of what you find! N ever force a child to eat . Instead, follow the Division of Responsibility system created by Ellen Satter. In this system, parents determine what children, infants, and almost toddlers eat, and the child determines whether to ea...
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A Happy Halloween: Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

A Happy Halloween: Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe
As a kid, I remember how excited I got about dressing up for Halloween. There's just something magical about pretending to be someone or something else for an evening, having fun and getting lots of yummy treats. Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and drinking warm apple cider are some of the things I looked forward to most about Halloween. However, I wasn't always the biggest fan of the scarier things about the holiday--the creepy costumes, th...
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Navigating Children’s Emotional Meltdowns

Navigating Children’s Emotional Meltdowns
If there's one thing I've learned about toddlers, it's that they have some pretty big feelings , and sometimes they struggle to convey those feelings well. Sometimes, they know what they're trying to say, but are unsure about how to express what they feel, or they may not understand what they're feeling, and that can be scary for a child. This can create a challenge for parents as they seek to help their kids learn how to use words to express the...
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How to Say "No" without Saying "No"

How to Say "No" without Saying "No"
My 5-month-old son has recently started reaching for my face when I hold him. He enjoys grabbing my glasses and pulling at my nose. Kids his age are curious and starting to learn to use their hands and grab things. They also don't understand that sometimes the things they do can cause pain or potentially create damage (if he had squeezed my glasses in just the wrong way, it could have been a big problem). It got me thinking about how I should app...
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Parental Fears About Technology Can Make Things Worse

Parental Fears About Technology Can Make Things Worse
We have an interconnected generation where (for better or worse) we have a hyper awareness of everything that's happening around us. With social media, cable news and the constant pings and notifications of technology we are aware of many things beyond our control and far away from us. Our brains, bred for survival, struggle to differentiate between those immediate and far away threats. The result is we are more aware, and more afraid. And our in...
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