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Parenting: Discovering Interests of a Child

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Did you miss out on dance as a kid? Me too, but my parents never knew I was interested in it.  Same with choir, but I did get to play the violin …for a few years.  Before I had kids, I told myself I’d let them choose their activities.  Do

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Summer Travel Survival with Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

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Every season of the year gives us something special and unique. But there is no other season that can be compared to summer, really. The ice cold chill of the air conditioner when you first come inside from the new summer heat, the first time the sun kisses your skin,…

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4 Things Every High School Graduate Should Do This Summer

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High School is over and your graduate is probably going on senior trips and relaxing for the summer. Did they really graduate? Where did that time go? It seems like yesterday you were helping them with their homework and teaching them how to drive.





I’ve thought a lot about this

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Free Resources for Parents for Learning Issues and Attention Issues

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When you are parenting a child with learning issues or attention issues it can feel scary. And very lonely. And even if you are able to identify learning challenges for your child…, it can be hard to get the help you need. And support for both you and your

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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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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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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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