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Calm Parenting: Mantras

Mantras are often cited as a good way to calm down in general. When I am stressed about anything, I repeatedly remind myself to "just breathe, breathe, breathe." Targeted mantras can help in parenting. A mom who had been working on potty training for weeks with her three year old son reminded … [Read More...]

Stress: Parents Provide the Emotional Landscape

Children may experience stress around life transitions such as moving to a new house or having a new sibling. They experience stress sometimes when parents are stressed and when they are having their own difficulties such as someone being mean to them at school. Parents provide the emotional … [Read More...]

Ways to Teach Apologies and Avoid Forcing Them

When children are young Model apologies - Young children learn best through modeling. When you are in the wrong about things apologize to them and others easily. If they see and hear you being comfortable with apologies they are more likely to follow suit. Suggest and encourage apologies - I … [Read More...]

How to Get Kids to Stay at the Dinner Table

Kids getting up and down from the dinner table is such a common complaint. For the parents who are in the thick of this behavior it's exhausting. Here are lots of ideas for keeping them at the table. Continue the high chair or booster seat - I would keep the highchair with a strap as long as you … [Read More...]

Your Child’s Social Skills and Play

A child's social competence is most simply defined as their ability to play while keeping friends. If the other kids are happy when your child shows up, they want to continue playing with him and the play tends to go well most of the time then his social skills are likely developing at least fairly … [Read More...]

Ideas for Active Indoor Play

I just saw the first weather prediction map for this winter. It looks as bad as last year.  Of course, it's still great to get kids outside in rain and snow but sometimes the weather is too bad or they are just ready to be back inside. Last year I posted a list of things to do on snow days - … [Read More...]

A Great Start to the School Year

After a relaxing summer, getting into the school routine can be a tough transition.  There are lots of small things to do to help the school year get off to a great start. Good night, good breakfast and calm morning – Do what you can the night before including pack lunches, pick outfits and … [Read More...]

All About Playdates

Playdates give kids an opportunity to build individual friendships and practice related social skills. Playdates can be brief - An hour is plenty for young children or children who don't know each other well. Older children that get along well can often handle longer stretches. Balance … [Read More...]


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