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Develop Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills

by Marie Magdala Roker Encourage Questions Don’t answer every question, instead ask what do they think. Asking questions stimulates conversation between you and your child.   Don’t Criticize Criticism invites low self-esteem. Children feel that they have failed or disappointed their parents when they are criticized. Find alternate ways of correcting the problem. A child […]

Dealing with “Monsters” and Nighttime Fears

by Stacy DeBroff It can be difficult to think straight when your crying child shakes you awake in the middle of the night frightened and tearful by a nightmare or the monster she knows for sure has taken up residence in her closet or under her bed. Or a terrible dream that leaves her feeling […]

Cooking With Your Kids Helps Develop Motor Skills for Preschoolers

by Laura Bankston Did you know that cooking with your kids is a natural way for them to develop motor skills? If you’ve never looked at cooking that way before, think again. There’s a reason why kids have a universal love for cooking – just like for stacking blocks and banging! Cooking is especially good […]

Children’s Birthday Party Planning: When and When Not to Have a Big Party

by Kimberly Hargis Age 1: Invite only family members and close friends only because this birthday is more for the parents than for the child. At age 1, a child doesn’t understand the concept of “Birthday Party.” He or she is getting a lot of attention—which is all a 1-year-old wants or understands anyway. You […]

A Celebration of Family

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller International Parenting Commitment Day, March 20th is fast approaching. What do you have planned to celebrate this special day? Are you ready to commit or recommit to the sacred and important role of parenting so you can uplift, encourage, and inspire your children to become responsible, caring, confident people? […]

Button Down Healthy Sleep Habits for Special Needs Kids

By Patti Teel More children than ever before are being diagnosed with special needs “neurobiological disorders” such as ADHD, clinical depression, sensory integration dysfunction, autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Children with these disorders are very likely to have sleep difficulties. In addition, the problems that characterize the disorders will be greatly exacerbated by a lack of […]

Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem

By Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H., Author of What Babies Say Before They Can Talk When a baby finds that her signals are validated and responded to appropriately—that troubles are soothed and pleasure enhanced—she begins to sense that her feelings, expressions, of her very being, are of value and important. A baby learns that she […]

Brown Rice for the Family

by Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers Some of the key nutrients in brown rice include B vitamins, maganese, selenium, iron and fiber. The health benefits of brown rice read like a laundry list to disease prevention and boosting the immune system. These benefits include lowering cholesterol, reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke […]

Bringing the Lessons Home

By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, and Diane Eyer, PhD How can we help children blossom socially and emotionally? Read on for some specific tips. Look for opportunities to discuss other people’s feelings By explaining how other people would feel if a particular act occurred, you teach your child to take the perspective […]

Adoption: Laughter and Tears

by Tanya Sturman If you ever walk through an orphanage, it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Witnessing children in poverty, children discarded, children stunted both physically and emotionally, will stir your heart beyond belief. And adopting a child is a joy as great as witnessing the first sharp intake of breath by your […]

Activities for Conflict Resolution Skills Development in the Home

By Kelly E. Nault, M.A. Conflict is part of life. If you are human—if you are breathing—you will experience conflict even with those you love most. This is normal. Conflict can actually be healthy when our family members have the skills to move through conflict. When we don’t have conflict resolution skills—that’s when we experience […]

Triumphing Over Tantrums

by Patty Hone Before you had kids you probably witnessed an out of control child having a temper tantrum at the store. More than likely you thought or said, “If that was my child, I would ______”. Well now here you are with children of your own dealing with these exact situations. Temper tantrums are […]

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