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Language Development: When Children Say Their First Words

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Speech Development…—The question I get most from parents of babies is: Should my child be talking yet? So let’s talk a bit about when that should be happening. Most developmental charts say that the first word happens around the first birthday. And on average that’s true. The word may

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12 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Teens

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So, your teenager has a boyfriend/girlfriend. Valentine’s Day …can sometimes add pressure to a teen relationship. Teen dating shouldn’t be demanding, though. Instead, it should be a fun time when they can get to know many different people. Suggest a group or double date to have fun with more friends.

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Saying Yes – A Parenting Experiment

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I don’t like disciplining my kids. I do it, of course. As parents we need to set limits, boundaries, and teach our kids…. But that doesn’t mean I like it.
That means I say “no” a lot. Or otherwise use a negative phrase when I need to get

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Play Nice Day – Teaching Kids to Play Nice

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Have little ones of all ages can make playtime challenging some days.
Riley, at age 3, always wants to play with Julia and Nate. Bless their hearts, they always accommodate him, but there are times that they need their own play time, too. It can be a challenge to help…

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A Parent’s Guide to Teens’ New Technology

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Do you remember lugging around diaper bags full of necessities, toys, and snacks? I was so thankful (and so were my shoulders) when I was finally able to stash that cumbersome sack away for good. When my children were babies, it felt like I was surrounded by so much stuff…

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Parenting Teens and Preteens – Unique Challenges and Blessings

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Parenting a teen is a completely different world for me. My oldest is fourteen. She is an absolute dream to parent, so I’ve been able to ease into this. I’m taking notes for myself just in case I need them in the future.
The biggest challenge I’ve found is the

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear Activities with Eric Carle

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Eric Carle books are such a staple in preschool classrooms. The fun themes, brightly-colored illustrations, and simple, repetitive text make them a favorite among young children. These books integrate really well into a variety of classroom themes, like animals, zoos, winter, and even travel.





Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do …

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The Debrief – Using The Precious Moments When They’re Home From School

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When my kids get home from school, it’s as if they haven’t eaten in five days. They are starving. I’ve learned one little secret – if I have a snack ready and waiting, and I just linger around the table, most days they will chat away about their day.



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Winter Preschool Math Activity

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When teaching math to young children, we often think of number-related concepts, such as counting forward, counting backward, simple addition, and simple subtraction. However, there are a lot of mathematical concepts that can be taught to preschool-age children that are not necessarily related to numbers and operations.



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Adopting a Child – Learning to Bond and Celebrate

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Although Riley’s adoption took a year and 1/2 to finalize, he was living with us after only a few months of knowing him. We had full custody and guardianship by May 12th, 2013 after learning his name on February 12th, 2013.
Late at night, I would scour the internet for…

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