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Understanding Development During The Teens Years

Understanding Development During The Teens Years

“Just wait until they’re teenagers!” is a phrase often uttered by parents, usually with some degree of dread. People often talk about “having teenagers” like it’s the worst thing that can happen to a person, akin to “having the plague.” The good news is that no one is going to just drop a teenager off at your doorstep one day, complete with a bad attitude and the music you hate. Your teenager is still your child, your helpless newborn whose toes you counted and kissed the day they were born. Continue reading

Understanding Child Development from Birth to Three Years

Understanding Child Development from Birth to Three Years

For parents, those first sleepless days with a newborn are a whirlwind of crying, nursing, and diaper changes. For the newborn, however, this is a time of utmost importance when it comes to growth and learning. From birth to 3 years old, children learn the basics of their world through experiences that set the foundation for the rest of their lives. Continue reading

Helping Your Child Make Smooth Transitions

Helping Your Child Make Smooth Transitions

It takes time for a parent to create conditions conducive to producing readiness for a smooth transition. It takes time for a child to get used to and embrace a new situation. It takes time for a parent to tune into and respond effectively to a child’s positive and negative reactions to the change. To smooth the transition time for your child, take the time to read and consider the five steps to effective transitions. Continue reading

The Ten Worst Things to Say to Your Child

The Ten Worst Things to Say to Your Child

The style of Parent Talk and the words we use to communicate are critically important to the self-esteem, emotional health, and personal empowerment of our children. There is an undeniable link between the words we use and the attitudes and outcomes those words create in our children’s lives. Words can empower and words can wound. They can nurture or shame, encourage or scold, uplift or bring down. Continue reading

Keeping Your Kids Safe From Predators

Keeping Your Kids Safe From Predators

Whether there are actually more predators trying to harm kids, or whether our awareness as a society of these predators has actually increased, more parents are becoming aware of their need to protect their children. Part of the problem with protecting your kids from predators is that, like a lion that sneaks up on its prey in the wilderness, child predators are often good at blending in and not raising people’s suspicions. Continue reading

Understanding Teen “Cutting”

Understanding Teen “Cutting”

If you or your child know someone who is cutting, make it your top priority to let that person know that you really care. Don’t shame or judge the person, don’t make fun of the person, and don’t treat the person like a freak. Cutters don’t cut for attention, but sometimes paying attention can go a long way in helping a cutter grow strong and happy enough to kick the habit. Above all, if you want to help, become the good listener that the cutter can trust.
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Important Advice for Step-Dads

Important Advice for Step-Dads

The hidden agenda is one of the first difficulties a stepfather runs into. The mother, her children, or both, may have expectations about what you will do, but may not give you a clear picture of what those expectations are. You may have a hidden agenda of your own. You may see your new stepchildren as spoiled and unruly and decide they need discipline. Or, you may find that after years of privacy, a bustling house full of children disrupts your routine. Continue reading

Why Teens Contemplate Suicide

Why Teens Contemplate Suicide

Many teens that survive a suicide attempt have said that they were trying to escape a seemingly impossible situation or avoid unrelenting bad feelings. They say that they don’t want to die as much as they are want relief from painful emotions. Some teens may be feeling rejected, worthless, or they may feel like they are a disappointment to family members. Continue reading

The Stepfamily Challenge

The Stepfamily Challenge

All too often there is a high rate of divorce among the partners in stepfamilies. Take comfort in the fact that confidant stepfamily adult teams can provide the warmth, comfort, inspiration, support, security—and often the love—that adults and kids long for in a stepfamily situation.
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Fun and Healthy School Lunch Programs

Fun and Healthy School Lunch Programs

There are so many positive outcomes that stem from better lunch programs. Schools can integrate nutrition into their curriculum by teaching kids the delicious ABC’s of good health. School gardens can be cultivated to get kids invested in trying new flavors and the importance of taking care of the land. Continue reading

Tips for Cultivating Empathy in Children

Tips for Cultivating Empathy in Children

Teaching children how to feel empathy can take time and patience. Some children naturally absorb the notion of understanding other’s feelings as they mature, yet all children need parental modeling and other techniques to be able to first feel empathy. This leads to developing the capacity to act with compassion, and eventually to the ability to forgive.
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