Promote sensitivity and empathy. Often understanding where another sibling is coming from helps reduce the occurrence and severity of sibling rivalry.

The Gentle Approach to Sibling Rivalry

“Give it back!” “Stop that!” “He won’t share!” “I had it first!” “She kicked me!” “That’s not fair!” Sound familiar? Oh, when your kids just can’t seem to get along…GRRRRRR! I vividly remember fighting with my older sister over the front seat, the last pudding cup, and what show we were going to watch on…

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Screen Time

Simple Tips for Setting Effective Screen Time Limits

Parents often take responsibility for their kids’ screen-free time by structuring activities for them. They think that if kids are upset or bored without electronic entertainment, they must provide another activity for them to do. But this is just another form of rescuing our kids. When parents are quick to step in with activities to distract…

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Evolved Parenting: An interview with Jordan Schachter

Jordan Schachter is a thought-leader in the conscious parenting arena. His perspective on life and parenting shifted profoundly from his time living with a tribe on Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where he didn’t once witness a temper tantrum, sibling rivalry or crying from any of the children.  He felt called to devote his life…

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Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Think It Through: Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Being able to think critically about any given problem is a skill most parents want their children to have. Creative problem solving is a coveted skill not only in all lines of work, but life in general. It starts with being able to be curious, flexible, and open-minded. And while many kids learn problem solving…

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5 Steps to Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude in Our Children

My brain knows that gratitude is important.  I know when I am in a state of gratitude–aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone.  I feel more connected to the people around me, and my life experiences. I feel in my body a life force greater than myself. But my…

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Small Person, Big Changes: Introducing a new sibling

Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the…

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Too Many Toys? Keep them rotating for fresh fun!

Despite the notion that lots of toys brings hours and hours of fun, the truth is that kids with too many toys often become overwhelmed, frustrated and even bored. Even if you’re not the one buying lots of toys, they have a habit of piling up. Decluttering is one way of reducing, but even then,…

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Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

Whether they’re assigned in the form of a chart, a wheel, or a jar, chores play an important role among families. Not only do regular household jobs teach kids responsibility and prevent a sense of entitlement, they instill in children a vital sense of importance in the family. When kids are able to participate in…

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Attachment Parenting Your Special Needs Child

Every child needs good parenting. However, some children have an extra special need for it. Nearly one out of four households in the U.S. has one or more children with “special needs”: any condition that presents significant challenges to a child’s ability to function normally, whether it be physically, mentally, socially or emotionally. This can include…

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Natural Discipline for the Older Child

Natural Discipline for the Older Child

Your children may be past the age of tantrums and biting, but as they grow, behavior challenges certainly don’t go away. Your child’s brain won’t reach full maturity until long after childhood.  The average age is about 27 years old, which means your child still has a lot of growing to do! The neural pathways…

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Encourage independence

Encouraging Independence with Your Child

“I can’t do that.” My son’s 5-year-old friend was over for lunch and was staring at the ketchup bottle on the table in front of him. He had just asked for some ketchup, and I had passed the bottle to him. I clarified, “You can’t squirt your own ketchup?” “No, I don’t know how.” I…

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Raising a Motivated Student

How to Raise a Motivated Student

All parents want their kids to get good grades at school.  But why does being a good student matter? Most important… quality of life. People who can do enough math to handle mortgages and taxes, who understand the financial and political forces that affect their personal lives, who know something about the natural and scientific…

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Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline: Are your behavior expectations too high?

Unconditional love. It’s what everyone wants, and what parents hope to give their children. But, how do we do that? Especially when most of us were raised to believe that we get love when we deserve it. Parenting books abound with advice that involves rewards for compliance, and negative consequences or punishment for misbehavior. Yet,…

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Natural Discipline for the Early Years

When it comes to children’s difficult behavior, a parent’s first question is usually, “What should I do?” We tend to want to eliminate it, fix it, or get it under control. But it’s important to understand that the behaviors we see in our children are merely the tip of the iceberg; the bulk of behavior…

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When Your Child Won't Take No for an Answer

When Your Child Won’t Take No for an Answer

Every age and stage comes with its own set of joys and challenges. One of those challenges is dealing with a child who won’t take no for an answer. We all want our children to be confident in their opinions and decisions, but we also need to teach them healthy boundaries and limitations. Establishing authority…

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Making Timeouts Positive

Making Time-Outs Positive

In parenting, time-outs have an important and effective role. A time-out is a chance for both children and parents to pause, regroup, and collect themselves. They are most effective when they are about feeling better as opposed to being used as a “thinking tool” or a punitive reaction to an inappropriate action. Rather, when they…

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The Gift of Positive Self Esteem: Encouraging Your ADHD Child

The Gift of Positive Self Esteem – Encouraging Your ADHD Child

Self-esteem starts in early childhood. A child receives both positive and negative messages from others around him depending on how well they fit into society. Because children with Attention-Defecit / Hyperactivity Disorder can be perceived as different, they often receive negative messages. These messages from adults and peers often evolve into the negative self-talk we…

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“Gimme, Gimme” How to Manage Your Child’s Holiday Gift Expectations

The holidays are upon us… the season of gifts and “gimme’s.” All around us, kids are encouraged to reveal their wishes of candy, gingerbread cookies, and overstuffed stockings next to shiny new bikes/game systems/toys-of-the-year, complete with giant bows on top. Whether for budgets or a desire to live a less cluttered lifestyle, parents everywhere are…

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What Makes a Great Mother?

by Erika Zane I’m not a “great” mother. I don’t think I’m a bad mother.  I love my children with all my heart and soul.  Every decision I make comes after careful thought and consideration.  I’m not just raising my children, though, I’m still “raising” myself.  I believe I’m the best mother for my children…

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Mindful parenting

Creating Mindful Parenting Moments

As a parent, when you weave a web of mindful moments with your children, you actually put a safety net of communication in place. Like a spider that feels the vibrations on her web when something is out of order, parents can build upon the intuitive bond with their children. Parenting offers us daily opportunities…

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