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Category Archives: Parent/child communication

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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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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Children’s reaction to the recent national tragedies, how can a parent help.


  The last few weeks it has been very difficult to watch the news, anyone who has a heart has felt it break. Our nation has experienced hurricanes, floods, and now a tragic mass shooting.  Daily we have seen images of hurt, pain, and fear.   We have seen families who have lost their homes, belongings …

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Raising an unspoiled child…how to strike that parenting balance


A spoiled child grows into an adult who feels entitled…how do you strike the balance between wants and needs as a parent? It is so difficult to see your child upset, disappointed, or wanting something that you don’t feel is necessary or maybe can’t afford. There were many days when I questioned whether we should …

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We need Dad’s to be involved in parenting….encourage it!


Brad  as “King for a day!”  He has always been a “hands on” Dad! Dads have a special role in their kids’ lives.  I believe that my parenting would have been incomplete without Brad, but I could have very easily discouraged his involvement very early on.  I was a “gatekeeper” Mom; I needed and wanted …

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Bumps, a few….but blessings…a lot more!


I have had the privilege of being a Mom to these 4 kids….there have been a few bumps….but many more blessings!   Motherhood is a gift beyond gifts….. As I sit here in my PJs drinking my morning coffee, I am reflecting about my years as a Mom. Hard to believe that I have been mothering …

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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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What is in your discipline “bag of tricks”?


What is in your discipline bag of tricks? It was 7:30 am and my day was in full swing. I was chasing a two year old trying to get him dressed again. It is barely an hour into the day and I felt like I was on the verge of yelling and a time out …

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