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Separation Anxiety and Hide-and-Seek

May 28th, 2013


Young children are often anxiety when they are separated from their parents—at school or daycare drop-off, when a baby-sitter comes, or when a parent travels away from home. Children work out their worries through play. Young children love “Peek-a-Boo” because they are working on feeling at ease with separation from

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Four-Year-Old Boys

May 21st, 2013


Raising a Four-Year-Old Boy—or How He Raises You! Four years old is a classic age for power struggles. Your four-year-old will often test limits from sun-up to sun-down. If your four-year-old boy doesn’t test limits every five minutes he will lose his membership card in The Four-Year-Old Boys Club.

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RE-CREATE MEMORIES

May 14th, 2013


Stuck on how to spend some fun time with your child that would be fun for you? Think back to your happiest times when you were a child—hiking with your dad, going to the zoo, cooking with your mom, throwing a baseball around, swimming, playing checkers. Re-create those fun times

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Uncertainty and Anxiety in Parenting

May 7th, 2013


Once I bought a book for myself called: “At Home in Muddy Water: A Guide to Finding Peace within Everyday Chaos,” by Ezra Bayda. I never read the book. The title was comfort enough—that there didn’t need to be clarity at the moment in some of my everyday parenting decisions, that I

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FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

April 30th, 2013


Rituals can provide structure to your family time. A favorite ritual from when my children were growing was Friday Night Dinner. When my children were young, my dinner goal was one home-cooked dinner a week. I designated Friday as the meal that I would do an old-fashioned cooked-from-scratch, meat-and-potatoes-and-veggie meal

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HUG!

April 23rd, 2013


When in doubt: HUG!

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NO SPANKING

April 16th, 2013


Spanking is a hot, complicated topic.  Different cultures have different guidelines regarding physically disciplining children. I have feelings about spanking from both a personal and a professional standpoint. Personally, I remember being spanked as a child. My pride was hurt. I felt humiliated. What I felt was intense anger at my

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Picture Labels for Matching

April 9th, 2013


Clean-up can be much easier when there are pictures on each shelf or bin of the item that belongs in that area. Then clean-up becomes a matching game and a challenge and your child can be more self-directed.  You can also make construction paper place mats for meals by tracing

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PUPPETS

April 2nd, 2013


Puppets capture the imagination. Most children respond to puppets, to puppet conversation, and to puppet requests. The puppets can be store-bought, an old sock, or even your bare hand moving like a mouth (with or without magic marker eyes). When I taught 3-year-olds, I had Bunny the Clean-up Puppet. Bunny

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CONSEQUENCES: Brief, Relevant, Immediate

March 26th, 2013


Consequences for any given situation with your young child should be relevant, brief, and immediate.  Often parents feel that consequences are equated with punishments–that a mistake needs to result in a situation of removing privileges or pleasures or treats. This is counter to research indicating that children respond to encouragement

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