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Help Your Child Express their Mixed-Up Feelings

If you’ve ever been the guest of honor at a surprise party you can relate to mixed-emotions. The flood of feelings can be overwhelming…surprise, joy, excitement, maybe shy because you didn’t expect it or even a little upset that your friend didn’t tell you. As adults, we understand that mixed-up

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Learn how to love your child even when they are throwing a tantrum or arguing. Do's and Don'ts of loving past your child's behavior.

Love Past the Behavior

Your kids are curled up on the couch reading their new library books. No one is bickering. The silence is amazing. Your heart fills with love as you admire their sweet, innocent faces. Fast forward ten minutes. A fight breaks out over who has more of the blanket. You rush

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Teaching Your Impulsive Child to “Pause”

All kids are impulsive. They hit, bite, kick and yell without thinking through the consequences. They feel a feeling and act on it. We can blow this off as “kids will be kids” or send them to the corner until they “learn their lesson.” Or, we can introduce our kids

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Helping Kids Manage Anxiety with Art

I’m so excited to have Amy Maricle, a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist, share a simple technique that you can use to help your children manage big feelings such as, anxiety, irritability, fear or frustration. Get out the paint smocks!     There are lots of ways that

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How to stop tantrums according to brain research

Use the latest brain research to help your child stay calm and manage their big feelings without a huge meltdown. Learn how to stop tantrums – even if they’ve already started – with this 2-step approach! We’re leaving the zoo.  The car is parked at the far end of the

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Is Your Child Stressed?

It’s hard to imagine a 4-year-old feeling stressed. Why would they experience anything other than pure happiness – playing all day, snacks, nap-time!? Sounds like a great life. But think of all the challenges in your child’s daily routine.  They are constantly learning – socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.  And

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Anxiety: Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

Anxiety is a master at making us run away from our fears.   It’s like the wrong side of a magnet, the closer we get, the more we try to push away. It’s no surprise, really.   No one wants to feel uncomfortable.   We don’t want to sweat or

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It's hard to see our kids sad, frustrated or discouraged. Instead of rushing to rescue them, let your children feel their feelings using these positive parenting tips!

Let Your Children Feel Their Feelings

There is nothing better than hearing the sound of children laughing. Seeing your son confidently climb the ladder to the tallest slide. Getting a giant bear hug from your daughter. Ahh…the joys of parenting. Unfortunately, with the joy, there are also the hard times. Arguments, yelling, conflict and competition. Failure,

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Changing the Definition of “Fair” in Your Family

In our house, fair doesn’t mean “equal,” fair means “getting what you need.” My youngest daughter has an iPod, our older daughter does not.   Despite the fact that this is potentially “unfair,” there is no fighting, no sense of injustice, no demand for equality. How is that possible, you

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How to Help Your Child with Summer Camp Anxiety

You can’t wait.   Your child is signed up for a week-long overnight camp.   This is the same camp you went to every year when you were a child.   And now it’s your daughter’s turn. You loved everything about camp – crafts, canoeing, eating in the cafeteria, getting

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