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Tantrum-Free Outings – How to Finish the Day Fight Free

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We've all been that parent, carrying a crying toddler through the mall, hoping to make it to the car before throwing out our back. With less than 18 months between three of our children, my husband and I developed a system for getting all of our kids out of a…

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9 Easy Guidelines to Keep Kids Safe Online

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Keeping our kids safe is one of the many responsibilities as a parent.  We lather on sunscreen, strap on a helmet, and tighten those seat belts.  We also teach them to be leery of  strangers and try to explain what "good touch, bad touch" is.  As parents, we try to…

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Four Stages of Play

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Developing play skills is an essential part of childhood. Through play, typically-developing children acquire the skills necessary to communicate with others, express and understand emotions, physically manipulate a variety of items of all sizes, build strength and endurance, and gain the cognitive skills to understand their world. What are the…

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Parenting: Keeping Your Kids Safe From Allergies

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Do you and your family planning have plans to fly out of town for Spring Break? I have a friend who travels with her family every year to Florida for Spring Break. They have to be careful when they are flying, because they have a child that has severe…

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Emotion Coaching: A New Way to Guide Very Young Children

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Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we’ll ever have. More than anything we want to help our kids grow into healthy, happy adults. Yet when they don’t behave the way we want them to, it’s all too easy to resort to tactics we’re not proud of. Yelling. Threatening.…

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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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