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The Power of Asking - Instead of Telling
By Jody McVittie, MD on March 3, 2012
   
Why don’t kids do what we tell them to do? Radical thought: maybe because we are telling them. When you tell someone what to do they don’t have to think. They can listen or not listen – but then it goes away. Is that what we really want? For us or for them?   Read more...
 
   
Development Occurs in Relationship
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on February 25, 2012
   
A child’s relationship with educators and parents is central to the child’s perception of self and the world. Children learn in informal interactions with educators and in the family environment during everyday activities. To make those interactions as effective as possible, it is important to understand how the child sees the world and to nurture that child’s developmental needs. We can co-create educational environments with supportive relationships that match the child’s developmental capacities. Well-being flourishes in both child and adult.   Read more...
 
   
Help! My Child is so Intense and Sensitive!
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on February 18, 2012
   
I received a call the other day from a mom who was having difficulty with her son’s ‘melt-downs’ over what should be only minor problems. “Please help me!” she said. “Tommy cries at the slightest thing – what can we do to stop this behavior?” Can we “stop” a child's feelings of intensity and sensitivity? Probably not – since they are part of your child’s personality “package.” Can we “change” the behavior? YES!   Read more...
 
   
7 Ways to be a Superhero in your Child's Scholastic Upbringing
By Lauren Landes [Guest Article] on January 26, 2012
   

The earlier parents get involved in their children's education, the more powerful the effects. Here are seven ways parents can be true superheroes in their child's scholastic upbringing.

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Especially for Latino Parents: Get Involved with your Teens
By Mariela Dabbah [Guest Article] on February 2, 2011
   
Mariela Dabbah, author of numerous books on Latino parent involvement, bridges the cultural divide, helping parents understand their roles in the American school system and in the education of their child. This article, excerpted with permission from her successful book, "Help Children Succeed in High School and Go to College," teaches Latinos how to support their children in high school by identifying mentors, keeping channels of communication open, helping with the choice of courses, etc.   Read more...
 
   
Why Children Fail to Listen
By Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. [Guest Article] on February 1, 2010
   
Learn why lectures don't work and how to motivate and inspire your children without criticism. Jane Nelsen, author and co-author of 18 books including the "Positive Discipline Series" and "Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World," discusses the art of listening as a parent. 
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9 Triggers & Solutions for Managing your Child's Anger
By Toni Schutta [Guest Article] on May 13, 2009
   
Has your child thrown a tantrum lately, thrown toys across the room or hit a sibling? Odds are that s/he has! Listed in this article are nine common triggers for a child’s anger outbursts and possible solutions to help your child calm down. The solutions may also provide ways to prevent the next meltdown.   Read more...
 
   
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