Learning Years

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The Importance Of The Family Narrative

  Holidays are special for many reasons like good food, time off from school and work, and family gatherings. These get-togethers can be very important to the development of children’s emotional health ...
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Teachings Kids About Money

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       kid cents   Now’s a great time to teach preschoolers about money   By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.   Wh...

Sensory Sensitive Children

the sensational child By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Highly sensitive children can learn to manage their environment, and you can remain calm in the process. “My shoes don’t feel right.” “This cereal tastes too cru...
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Slowing Down The Rush To Grow Up

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. For most kids, childhood is a wonderful thing. You’re loved and cared for. Not much is expected of you. Life is safe and predictable. So what’s the deal with big girl this, big boy ...
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Raising Peaceful Children In A Violent World

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut invigorated social interest in what leads to violence. The primary factors being debated include gun control, screening peop...

Reducing Homework Stress

  The most common source of stress for kids and their parents is homework. Some parents tearfully recount how homework chores have disrupted family harmony from after school to bedtime. Consequently, th...
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Push For Creative Play

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       Creative play forms the triangle of a child’s self-control   Self-control begins very early in development. Before a ...
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Nurturing Bookworms

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       Instill the joy first, and the reading will follow   All parents want their children to become good readers and to de...
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Mealtime Manners

  Written by Pat Blackwell, PhD       peas and q’s   Why mealtime manners should be modeled early and often.   Mealtimes are important for many reasons b...
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Mindful Parenting

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. The world is and always has been a stressful place for children. Fortunate children are shielded from overwhelming stress. But some parents go to extremes to prevent their children fr...

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