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Down Syndrome: Understanding Differences #TrisomyAwarenessMonth

As a teenager, I was always self-conscious about my unusually hairy arms. To make matters worse, one day when I was babysitting, a little girl asked me, “Why are your arms so hairy?” The question took me off guard at first. Most people my age knew better than to point out such differences. But this […]

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Marriage is a “Benefit to Society”

The establishment of marriage is no longer an unquestioned, fundamental part of society. Many regard marriage only as a temporary agreement for the satisfaction of adults; others question the value of marriage altogether. Still, in a study from Rutledge University called “The National Marriage Study,” polls of high school seniors from across the U.S. showed […]

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Helping Your Preschooler Love to Read

  As parents and child educators, we understand that reading is important for children. Early reading and comprehension skills are linked to later success in adult life. Children who have plenty of experiences with books and reading before kindergarten are more likely to be successful readers. But even some of these children struggle with reading. […]

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Discipline: Knowing the Facts

Discipline is never the fun part of parenting. In fact, many parents dread the moment when they’ll need to discipline their child in hopes of teaching him or her to behave in a better manner. Oftentimes, parents are influenced on discipline by their culture, society, friends and family. Parents look to who they know and […]

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Emotion Coaching

We often spend a lot of effort teaching our children about a myriad of life and behavior skills: how to dress properly, how to use appropriate manners, how to read, to be healthy, to be active, develop their talents, to get their homework done on time, etc. According to John Gottman, Ph.D., one of the […]

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3 Benefits of Family Routines and Rituals

I don’t know when it became a part of everyday life, but somehow it did. It happened one day, maybe on accident, but then it happened again. Soon it became a pattern. At the end of each day when we both were home from work and school, my spouse and I walked to the mailbox […]

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Do You Hug Your Child Enough?

As a kid, my family gave lots of hugs — hugs to say goodbye, hugs to say hello, hugs to give comfort, or hugs just because. One of my best friends, on the other hand, grew up in a family that rarely if ever gave hugs. They still loved each other, but they just weren’t […]

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Despite the fact that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, it is the most common chronic disease in children. Untreated dental disease can compromise a child’s ability to eat well, sleep well, and function well at home and at school. Of course, children need their teeth to eat properly, talk, smile, and feel good about themselves. […]

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3 Ways Over-scheduling Can Hurt Your Kids

In this day and age, parents get a lot of pressure. In order to do their job right, their kid has to end up at Harvard, become a famous scientist, and change the world — or at the very least be high school valedictorian! And all the while, parents are also supposed to somehow mix […]

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Why Kids Need the Chance to Choose

  When kids are young (and even when they’re older!), it can seem like the best way to teach good behavior is by setting lots of rules and limits. And of course, children do need some limits set with love. But as parenting expert Alfie Kohn explains in his book Unconditional Parenting, kids need “to […]

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