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Friday, November 24, 2017

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The value of teaching kindness (in these uncivil times)

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh “I didn’t come here to make friends.” — Virtually every reality-show contestant ever It’s fair to say our current cultural landscape is no Hundred Acre Wood. Divisiveness abounds on cable news, with party lines deepening. The New Jersey Housewives […]

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Parenting Q&A: What to do when your toddler is biting

My toddler has been biting at daycare. I don’t understand why this is happening or how to stop this behavior. I also understand kids can be kicked out of the program for biting. I’m both mortified and concerned! Toddlers are passionate beings. They feel their emotions intensely and can show them in dramatic ways. A […]

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Support for parents, from parents

When people say they’ll be “there” for someone, it isn’t definite what they will do or what exactly “there” means. At Support Through Other Parents (STOP), “there” is in the meeting room at Larkspur Christian Church in Phoenix on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. “There” also means someone from STOP will call during the week to […]

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Sticks and Stones: When kids use the N-word

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Plenty of parents grew up hearing the nursery rhyme meant to lessen the impact of verbal taunts. Back then, teasing happened face to face or via scribbled notes passed around a classroom. Nowadays, name-calling travels in a nanosecond online and through social […]

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Taming fires: Teaching students through teamwork

Philip Bonds knows a thing or two about safety. Early in his career, Bonds became a school principal in a remote school district in the mountains of northwestern Colorado. He encountered aggressive teenagers, death threats and overwhelmed teachers. During his summer break, he fought wildfires. On the surface, the two jobs might seem unrelated and […]

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Sometimes less is more

Today’s children rely on parents and smartphones to help them navigate daily schedules jam-packed with piano lessons, tutoring and soccer practice. The easy access these devices give parents to their children’s minute-by-minute lives has resulted, for some families, in a phenomenon known as “helicopter parenting.” It may be well intentioned, but too much “hovering” can […]

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Managing meltdowns (part 2): Understanding “giving in”

In my previous “Managing Meltdowns” post, I referred to the practice of helping your child calm down using a two-step technique that focuses on acknowledging their feelings and helping them learn to cope with those feelings. Parents often confuse this practice of acknowledgement with “giving in” or “giving them attention for bad behavior,” believing that by […]

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Banish biting behavior

By Douglas Albrecht, Ph.D. In the last Babies to Big Kids blog from my colleague Lorenzo Azzi (“Managing meltdowns”), a parent commented specifically about dealing with biting. Many of Dr. Azzi’s suggestions apply to biting issues, and I wanted to offer up some additional help and support for parents of toddlers who may be going through […]

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Finding peace in a pinch

I was on the way home from a crazy day at the office and traffic was awful. I knew I was headed to a messy house and kids in the prime of the “witching hour,” so I spent the drive trying to prepare myself to be a good mom once I got home. Still, re-entry […]

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Resolving conflict

As parents, and as teachers, we learn to use the theory of “natural consequences” to show young children that mistakes beget corrections. If children color on the walls, they must help to clean it. But what is the natural consequence for hitting a friend or grabbing a toy? Let’s start with what not to do. […]

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