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Dealing with Tantrums and Terrible 2's

Tantrums are common in toddlers. Try these parent-behaviors to lessen the toddler frustration.

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7 Tips for an Amazing School Year

As I started to write this article, the following ideas of how I want and hope to have a successful school year came to mind – organizing schedules, establishing a routine, and how to pack amazing lunches for my kids (love all the ideas on Pinterest!). Then as I was sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick up my son, I had time to really think about these special times and what this school year will bring. What do I want to focus on to make this an amazing school year?

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Parenting Thoughts on Anger: Control It or It Will Control You!

Anger is a normal, human emotion that can be intense especially between divorced parents. The trick is to manage anger in such a way that is positive, not negative, for both yourself, the other parent and your children. Typically, anger is a response to one of many specific things. However, most responses to anger can be placed in two basic categories:

  • Not getting what we want or need.
  • Feeling that others do not respect them or care how they feel.

What makes you feel angry: Busy schedules? Financial worries? Work? Unruly children? Difficult relationships with your former spouse? It is important to recognize what triggers anger and remember that we usually take out our anger on those we love the most.

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S-P-I-N for School Success

I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.

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Time…everyone wishes for an extra hour in the day! Time always seems to be running short for busy families. Balancing a calendar filled with work, school, children's activities, caring for the home, and other obligations can seem like building a house of cards… add one more event to the calendar and the whole house falls down! No matter how busy our schedules seem, it is important for families to make time to be together and connect.

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Are You Looking for a New Doctor?

 

Being pregnant, having a new baby - or a number of other reasons cause more than 13% of people to look for a physician each year. My family has certainly had that challenge. Here is what I have learned about what to look for.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


14 Roadtrip Games for Families

Road Trips are some of my favorite memories from childhood. We now look forward to taking our children to explore new places, and love playing games with them along the way. Here are some of our favorites:

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10 Ways You can Make Going Back to School Easier

The new school year changes your child's entire day: from waking up early, getting to school, lunch time, homework, after-school activities and finally an early bed time. Here are 10 ways parents can make going back to school easier:

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5 Steps to Teaching Respect

What happened to the golden rule?

Do unto others. Treat other people with respect. We all want our children to speak respectfully and treat others as they would like to be treated. A lack of respect for adults can be frustrating, but changing the behavior is possible. Respect for others is a learned and practiced behavior.

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Family Fun and 15 Simple Summer Fun Activities

Playhouses, being outside all the time, riding bikes all over the place, and playing kickball with the neighbor kids - these are some of my favorite memories from childhood. Here are some simple activities kids can play all summer long!

1. Having a picnic … anywhere! Kids love eating their meals and snack outside, whether it is an organized lunch at a nearby park, in the backyard under the deck, or out on the front sidewalk!

2. Chalk drawings – Color, creativity, and fun. Kids can create beautiful art, or draw out tic tac toe, hopscotch, 4-square, or a bulls-eye for a bean bag toss.

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Talking about Your Divorce with Your Children

One out of every two marriages ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children. During this difficult period, parents may either be worried about the effects the divorce will have on their children, or other parents may be preoccupied with their own problems that they forget about helping their children. Either way parents need to remember they continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.

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Tips for Car Travel with Kids

Are we there yet?
We have all heard that from the back seat on a road trip. Car travel with children is a given for most families over the holidays or for vacation. But, how do you safely, happily travel with kids?

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The Soccer Mom

My kids couldn't be more different. My neighbor calls them the left brain and right brain, and he is absolutely right.

When my older son was little, I couldn't wait for him to play sports. I grew up swimming, playing soccer, softball, and joined every team that would have me. Surely my little apple wouldn't have fallen too far from the tree, right? Ah, no. 

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The Adventures of Potty Training

For many families, potty training can be a whirlwind adventure filled with messy spills, tears and even fears-for both the child and parent. When beginning this process parents must ask themselves two important questions: Is my child ready and am I ready?

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Categories: parenting, development,