Learning Years

Is Your Stress Showing?

Raising Kids Is Tough – Find the Joy, and Kids Will Notice! A persistent myth about parenting is the blissfulness of it all. In reality, parenting is a mixed bag that includes intense, fleeting surges of joy m...
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It’s a Great Time to Be a Kid

Parents can count their blessings while acknowledging the work yet to be done   Recently I overheard a discussion about how sad it is for children today. Most of the women talking were “Boomers” raised in the...

Putting a Stop to Pestering

How to teach your child that nagging is a no-no We all know the adage “perseverance pays off.” However, some kids take this to an intolerable limit. It comes by many names – fixation, badgering, nagging or pe...

Give Dad Credit Where Credit is Due

When fathers take an active role in parenting, kids survive and THRIVE!             Behold the bungling father. Ever notice how the media has portrayed dads? They tend to be cast in the role of the loveable g...

The Importance of Grieving

Teaching children how to cope from an early age will benefit them when tragedy inevitably strikes My daughter, Olivia, and her friends recently were celebrating their impending college graduation. At the party...

Responding to Sexual Behavior in Young Children

Even in today’s sexually open society, parents struggle with the idea that their children are sexual beings. So, like it or not, parents need to know about the progression of normal sexual development and learn...
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The Opioid Epidemic

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids By this time, most people know that we are in the midst of a drug-related disaster in this country. Overdose is the number one cause of death among people younger than...
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Bringing Home Baby

Adding a new family member can be hard. Here’s some help to make a smooth transition. A new baby in the house brings a lot of joy… and some challenges. For first time parents the experience is life-changing. F...

Shepherding the Teenage Dream

How to help kids find their purpose and passion                        Thanks to developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, the idea of “identity crisis” created great buzz in the mid to late portion of the las...

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