08
Sep

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Parenting Strategies for Minimizing Childhood Anxiety

Of course you mean well, but could your parenting style actually be exacerbating your child’s anxiety level? We all want to help our children feel less anxious in the face of the ever-increasing onslaught of stress-inducing factors affecting our kids. The digital age and the competitive landscape our children are growing up in are leading […]

14
Jun

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Notorious Nines

Notorious Nines

Every age and stage of your child will challenge and amaze you.  At their most challenging, nine year-olds can be indignant, sneaky, bratty, and ungrateful.  For more about the challenges of parenting a nine year-old, as well as the joys…. read the full article from Scary Mommy here.

11
Jan

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Reacting or Responding-What’s the Difference?

Imagine that your oldest kids are fighting…again.  Or, your youngest just spilled his juice box on the floor.  Or, your daughter is whining that life is “not fair.” What’s your knee-jerk reply? Are you a yeller? Do you criticize? Overreact? Maybe you ignore, walk away or throw up your hands in frustration. Or…do you inquire? […]

19
Sep

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Dangerism

Think Global: Watch this TEDx talk: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do  from Gever Tulley of California. All parents worry.  But, do you worry about the wrong things?  10 minutes.  He lists the 5 things at 5:15. Act Local: Focus here first! What information and/or resources you need to prevent these most-likely causes of childhood […]

19
Sep

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Getting Friendly With Failure

Think Global: Read What do Students Lose By Being Perfect? Valuable Failure. Take the long view of your child’s academic future by allowing your child to learn from a powerful teacher, failure.  Stop the fear of failure from destroying your child’s love of learning. Act Local:  Parent portal Could you use the parent portal in a healthier way? What […]

14
Sep

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TEDx: The Decline of Play: Peter Gray

Think Global: Watch this compelling TEDx video, The Decline of Play.  Peter Gray, an evolutionary biologist who studies play, outlines: How much humans need free play, and How the reduction in free play has negatively impacted today’s children.  Act Local: What are the places in your neighborhood where children can have adventures AND play safely?   Can you […]

05
Sep

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Talk About Alcohol When Kids are Nine – There’s an App for That!

Think Global: Read this short article from livescience.com about how and why to talk with 9-year-olds about alcohol. “Most 6-year-olds know that alcohol is only for adults. Between the ages of 9 and 13, kids start to view alcohol differently. Many begin to think drinking is OK. Some even start to experiment. It is never […]

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