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Category Archives: Becoming a Dad

How do you play with a toddler?


“I think of play as a toddler’s number one essential vitamin.  He needs large doses of it every day.  Play:  Thrills the senses.  Helps toddlers master movement.  Stretches the mind.  Stimulates language use.  Boosts friend-making skills.  Stimulates the immune system.  Builds self-confidence.  Improves nighttime sleeping.” Dr. Harvey Karp, MD  The Happiest Toddler on the Block                                                    …

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Parenting tips…day three!


  Final tips….add your own to the list! 31.  Respect your child’s likes and dislikes Allow your child to develop their own passions, likes, and dislikes. Provide opportunity for your child to experience many things to discover passions, likes, and dislikes. Your child may not like the same things that you do, and that is …

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More parenting tips….


A few more tips that I found out work over my 30 years and counting of parenting….what are your tips? 16.  You are your child’s parent, not friend You must parent, which means you may not always be liked Making difficult decisions that may cause your child to be unhappy at the moment, is the …

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A few parenting tips….


All of us have a few parenting tips…let’s share them this week! We all know that there is not an “official” parenting tip book…wouldn’t that be nice!!  But, in actuality, it is best for parents to develop their own “parenting book”.  Parenting your child is unique to you and your child.  Develop your parenting instruction …

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Why Being a Parent is at the Top of My Gratitude List


I am sitting this morning in the quiet, sipping my coffee, and making a gratitude list.  I must admit, it is very long.  It is so good for me to actually list what I am thankful for because in my everyday life, I often overlook some of my simple daily blessings.  My life with my …

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Celebrate Dad…he is very important!


  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads who make such a difference in their kids’ lives!! Celebrate Dad this weekend…and celebrate BIG!  Dads have such an important role in families, and often we don’t recognize the importance.  Research tells us that both sons and daughters are better adjusted, more successful in school, build better …

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It is the weekend, get a little sleep!


Most parents feel  “out of order” when they are sleep deprived!  Try this weekend to grab a few more minutes of sleep! Ahh sleep…what new parent isn’t wishing for more?  I heard a new parent speak of the first few months of parenting to be as exhausting as the Iron Man Triathlon.  Makes sense to me! …

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Parenting advice…a hindrance or a help? It can be both!


New parents will always receive advice…from many different people!  Don’t be too quick to judge, there are many “pearls of parenting” that you just might learn!  Parent with an open mind to advice, but make your own parenting decisions. I am slowly learning how to be a parent of  adult (adult? really?) children.  It is …

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Embrace every part of your child….including their temperament


A great combination of active and calm, distractible and intense, regular and chaotic, sensitive and tough, outgoing and shy, goofy and serious, and always love…multiple personality traits and a family better because of it! It isn’t very often that all of us are together for an extended time.  I am looking forward to a family vacation in …

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Your child’s temperament….continued!


See the difference?  Same activity…four different children, several different reactions…embrace your child’s temperament! There are a few more traits that make up your child’s temperament.  Picking up from yesterday…. 5.  Sensory Threshold How sensitive is your child to physical stimuli?  Does your child become overly stimulated in a room full of noise or people?  Does …

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