Guidance, Discipline and the Perils of Punishment 

Giving choices and being respectful will yield better results   What do you think of when you hear the word “discipline?” Something helpful? Instructive? Punitive? Well, punishment doesn’t work. It may establ...

Strengthening Relations with Your Pre-Teen

When children move into the preteen years, parents often struggle with the changes this new stage of development brings.  Just looking at the titles of popular parenting books for this age group—like The Roller...

Teaching Tolerance to Your Children

Children notice differences in gender and race—boys and girls, black children and white children. They begin constructing personal and social identities before they can even talk about them. They pick up on the...

Family-Focused Efforts for School Success

A mom of a three year old wants to help her child stop hitting at preschool. A dad of an eight year old wants his son to focus during math class. All parents of all upper school children want to help them do be...
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Understanding The Shy Child

What we commonly call “shyness” is not a behavior problem. It’s a temperament trait. Temperament research focuses on nine personality characteristics that have been found to remain constant throughout a person’...
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Tips To Avoid And End A Tantrum

Tips to avoid a tantrum   1.  Make sure your child has enough food and rest 2.  Redirect a frustrated child to another activity 3.  Offer choices: instead of saying, “go to bed now” say, “what do...
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Tips For Helping Your Baby Sleep Well

Research shows that sleep is crucial for replenishing the body’s energy and processing learning and memory. Some parts of our brain are more active during sleep than when we are awake. It doesn’t take a super-a...

Tips For Organized School Year

  8 Tips to Keep Things Going Smoothly This School Year As the school year begins, it’s often hard to shift from the easy, unstructured flow of summer vacation to the more tightly choreographed dance o...
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The Power Of Routines For Children

Get them accustomed to what’s to come—each day. Routines are like magic: they can instill a sense of calm and security amid the maelstrom of carpool, after-school activities, meal planning and laundry. The s...
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Stress Free Parenting During The Holidays

  The holiday season can bring some additional stress; more guests and events, more preparation and responsibility, and more time at home for your children. Some reminders about how to minimize conflict...