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  1. Toddler & Child
    Hearing your child may be 'gifted' sometimes feels like a validation that you've done something right as a parent, but the reality is, there is a big difference between bright children and truly gifted children. It doesn't mean you've done everything 'right,' any less, but it does mean that you...
  2. Toddler & Child
    We have all experienced it- we are at the park and we see a child being mean to our baby. The mama bear starts to rise up in us but then we pause- how should we handle this? Social interactions between children is important for their development. We know that up until age five or six-years-old...
  3. Toddler & Child
    While raising boys is inherently distinct from raising girls, there are ways to curb certain behaviors and guide their decisions as they grow up ultimately into great fathers. Sex differences are apparent from the beginning, as early as in the womb. Even before implantation, embryos destined to...
  4. Family Life
    A strong parent-child relationship allows for a deeper connection and easier parenting. Gentle parenting works towards building this strong connection. Everything in parenting comes down to the relationship a parent shares with their child. The better the relationship, the better their...
  5. Toddler & Child
    Want to help your kids learn to clean up their spaces? Try these tips for less yelling, more cleaning, and happier chore times. Have you ever noticed that after you clean up a space, all the sudden it becomes a magnet for play? They haven't played in the playroom for a week, but now that it's...
  6. Toddler & Child
    In this busy world of digital messaging, it seems the practice of pen and paper thank-you notes has faded into oblivion. We think there's some benefit to bringing it back! I used to be such a good 'thank-you' note writer! I love cards and stationery and different pens and paper, and I have...
  7. Toddler & Child
    Life can be tough for little ones figuring the world out. Sometimes, so tough they may feel like giving up on something if it seems too hard. How can we gently encourage them to not give up when things are hard? And how can we teach them why they'd want to? My little guy used to think he could...
  8. Toddler & Child
    We say it all the time - it's important that we raise kind and caring children. But what does that look like? How can we do that? What steps can we take to make sure that our children live their lives caring for others as fellow humans? Here are some peaceful parenting tips that can help make...
  9. Baby
    For the past few months, a perfect storm of circumstances has resulted in an overall increase in whining from my six and three-year-old kids. Lately, they seem extra sensitive, overreacting to disappointments and taking longer than usual to move past emotional moments. But I think I've figured...
  10. Toddler & Child
    Your child is certain to react strongly enough to induce a strong reaction in you. Whether this hasn't happened yet or happens daily, here are some tips for dealing with your kid's screams, tears, and fears. If you have a high intensity child, you don't need any parenting books to tell you so...
  11. Toddler & Child
    When I speak with my friends about the rigors of parenting, we invariably talk about "so many needs!" Whether you have one child or eight, it's easy to feel crushed by the weight of their needs. Being empathic in the moment makes our parenting easier and better. Very often, the needs of the...
  12. Toddler & Child
    Parenting Hero is a new app that offers parents effective and respectful solutions to a variety of parenting challenges right at their fingertips. Created by tech startup Mythic Owl, with input from the authors of "How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children...
  13. Toddler & Child
    How can we ensure that our children do not become bullies? Last week, my husband and my son went to a gathering I didn't attend. It was familiar people, and the boys hadn't seen each other in a while and were happy to be playing. That night, as I tucked him in, he told me that he and one other...
  14. Family Life
    Even though I knew we had low-income families in our community, it wasn't until a family opened a center in a poor area of our city that I understood the extent of the crisis. The stories of the homeless people in my community broke my heart - from mothers needing clothes for their kids to...
  15. Toddler & Child
    As the rate of homelessness increases throughout our cities, our children continue to ask questions. It is essential that we talk to our kids about it. I remember the day well. My husband and I took our kids for a fun day in Pittsburgh, complete with the zoo and a fun splash pad area. We had a...
  16. Toddler & Child
    Somewhere between bringing my babies into this world and last month, I realized that I've been doing almost every single thing for them their entire lives. It started out with feeding them, changing their diapers, bathing them, and comforting them. Between the two of them, this was literally an...
  17. Family Life
    Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late 1800s, brought popularity to the term "Mother Culture." Her teachings show us that "education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life." Years ago, I stumbled upon Charlotte Mason's literature and philosophies. I had no idea she would change my...
  18. Family Life
    Not only are screens part of our modern world, but they are also an integral and undeniable part of our children's future. So as parents, should we regulate our kids' screen time or should we let them decide? It's the age of smart phones, tablets, televisions, and computers. Short of living in...
  19. Toddler & Child
    Starting a new school year is a transitional time for the whole family. It can be exciting and joyful for some, but it can also trigger feelings of nervousness and apprehension (for both kids and parents). As a kindergarten teacher and mother of four school-aged children, I understand the range...
  20. Toddler & Child
    From what I've observed, most of us parents who are home with their kids during the summer fall into one of two camps: summer should be structured vs. summer is the time to run wild. Which one do you fall into? I fall into some sort of middle place that is a hybrid of the two camps. It's not...
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