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Local and National news tends to be dark and graphic these days. There is often talk about crime, war and poverty. 6 years old and younger - No exposure to news media There are several reasons for this limitation They understand more than we think they do and the language of news is often … [Read More...]
Pulling their own hair can be mild and transient in some children. This is often related to self-soothing and seen as being similar to head banging, thumb sucking, hair twirling or body rocking. When it is this, parents may look for patterns such as pulling when they are bored and lonely or … [Read More...]
Dear Dr. Rene, I am the mother of twin (B/G) 20-month-olds. Since about the age of 8 months changing diapers and clothes has been very difficult. Both children move about during this process, which is normal, but they really scream and fight and they are really strong and I have a really … [Read More...]
The Common Core State Standards which help to guide what education is provided by our public school system has left teaching cursive off the list. There are SO MANY REASONS to teach children cursive, and each is as compelling as the next. Helps children with spelling - Because the letters are … [Read More...]
Between siblings: Fair is not equal, fair is everyone has their needs met. It is okay for your discipline to be different for your three year old and your six year old for the same behavior. You might have a different expectation for your daughter and your son around a particular behavior. You … [Read More...]
Stop talking above them - Much younger than parents think, children are paying attention and making some sense of the language around them. Beyond 18 months children are learning approximately one new word per every hour they are awake. They are sponges, assume they are listening. Answer every … [Read More...]
It seems the challenge of limiting screen time is a is a growing concern for parents. With tv, computers, tablets and smart phones, screens seem available to our children at every turn. When a child is complaining loudly in a restaurant or crying in a waiting room, it can be tempting and so easy … [Read More...]
One of the easiest ways to support early math development is to build math language into your daily play and conversations with your child. Math language includes numbers, amount, measurement and position words. Numbers - Count napkins as you put them on the table, count toys as you put them in … [Read More...]