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Kids’ Age of Independent Task Performance

Learning to perform tasks independently is crucial in child development: it’s how kids learn to be independent adults.  Parents often wonder what age their kids should be before they are allowed to perform certain tasks independently.  The truth is that there is no magic age for independent task performance as there are always variables to […]

Continuous Learning Opportunities for Your Kids

As the old adage goes, “We learn something new every day.”  It’s easy to take this for granted, but, as parents, we need to take advantage of the daily opportunities to teach our kids through the common experiences of living.  In question and answer format, here are a few tips to accomplish that objective. Q:  […]

Early Childhood Education and Learning Strategies

Planning educational experiences for your toddler (one to three years of age) can sound like a daunting task.  Short attention spans and other issues characteristic of the toddler years can made traditional educational instruction counterproductive.  What is the best way, then, to create educational experiences for your toddler? Plan educational activities in short segments of […]

Ways You Can Lessen the Likelihood of Your Kids Being Bullied

You want your kids to be safe and happy and free from bullying.  While you likely cannot bully-proof your kids, there are some steps you can take to lessen the likelihood of your kids being bullied. Bullies tend to pick on kids that are identified as “different”.  Disabled kids, overweight kids, kids who are dressed […]

When You Think Your Child May Be a Bully

You’ve observed your child bullying one of his/her classmates, or perhaps you’ve been called to school because your child’s teacher, principal, or guidance counselor wants to speak with you about bullying behavior exhibited by your child.  Here are a few tips to help your child move forward better. First, understand that bullying behavior is a […]

Holding Down the Fort While Your Spouse is Defending Our Nation

When married members of the military are deployed, their spouses remaining stateside often experience difficulties adjusting to and maintaining their lives and their families’ lives during the absence of the deployed spouse.  Here are some quick tips on how you, as a non-deployed spouse, can ‘hold down the fort’ at home. Accept Your Emotions But […]

Feeding Yogurt to Babies

New parents often have a variety of questions about feeding yogurt to babies.  Below, please find information on the most commonly asked questions. Q:  At what age can you begin feeding yogurt to babies? A:  Babies usually can begin eating yogurt as soon as they start eating solids, which typically occurs at about six months […]

Raising Entitled Kids

We teach our kids about fairness, healthy boundaries, and how to stand up for themselves.  Each of these things are most valuable when taken in context, balancing the needs and wants of the individual with the needs and wants of those around him/her.  If context is not also taught, we may, despite our best intentions, […]

Why Parents Should Wake Up Before the Kids

Studies have consistently shown that Americans get too few hours of sleep nightly.  Perhaps as a result of this, most of us treasure every last moment of sleep that we can get.  We hit the snooze button repeatedly.  We roll over and go back to sleep for just a little bit.  We thoroughly enjoy the […]

Inexpensive, Romantic Valentine’s Day Celebrations

You want to be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking your budget.  Here are a few suggestions to help you accomplish your goal. Take the kids to Grandma’s house for the evening; prepare your spouse’s favorite home-cooked meal; don an outfit that s/he finds especially attractive on you; dim the lights; light some candles; […]