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Northern Virginia Staycation

I made this list when we stayed home for yet another Spring Break. Thought it would be equally helpful to share at the start of summer! There are so many great things to do in the Northern Virginia area. The Smithsonian Our family's favorite museums include the Natural History Museum, the two Air … [Read More...]

It’s Okay for Your Child to be Frustrated

It's okay for your child to be frustrated. It's okay when your child is disappointed. This is not something for you to avoid or fix for them. It is something for you to connect with and to help them move through. A dad of a four year old questioned "We have a routine when we run to the grocery … [Read More...]

Competition: Teaching Kids to be Gracious Winners and Good Sport Losers

I will start here by saying, I want my kids to be competitive. I want them to work hard and play fair, enjoy the process, celebrate the wins and learn from the losses. This goes for their academics and their athletics. Teach cooperation first - As children grow, having a cooperative nature helps … [Read More...]

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...]


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