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August, 2014

Tap into your child’s imagination . . .

Children thrive in our world when they thrive on the inside. The inside—where personality, imagination, heart, and mind reside—often seems to receive less attention than the behaviors and interactions we observe on the outside. Yet a shift that occurs in that internal place often changes what we see from the outside. Take imagination as an …Continue reading

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Children’s reactions to stress . . .

Every child experiences stress in a variety of forms. As your child grows and develops, predictable types of stress might include being afraid of the dark, transitions inherent in going to school, peer pressure, and struggling with how to fit in. When ordinary stress becomes too much, children feel distress. You can frequently tell that …Continue reading

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Values . . .

Parents can pass on moral values to their kids, but it takes a little thought and energy. Values are passed along based on what kids see and hear and by what they experience in their parent-child relationship. If they see honesty, they learn honesty. If they experience love and respect, they internalize love and respect. …Continue reading

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Ditching diapers . . .

For many reasons, parents want to believe they can control their child’s toilet training. Some parents feel pressure from friends and family to get started while others simply want a break from smelly laundry and the cost of disposable diapers. However, it is a good idea to think about your motives before starting down the …Continue reading

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