Summer in the City

It’s almost summer – make the most of your time with your kids   Summer. A time to loosen up, relax and play. For most people, the pace slows a bit and schedules open up. Without homework and after-school com...
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The Problem with Praise

Rather than cheering an action, motivate your child to do more   “Good job!”   “That’s beautiful”   “You’re the best!”   Parents and teachers use these words to encourage positive behavior, reward and b...

Keeping the Peace

How to deal with toddler temper tantrums in public If you’re a parent, you’ve faced the dilemma of dealing with a child’s challenging behavior in public. And chances are there have been times when you wished t...

First Day of School Jitters

  Tips and strategies for easing your child into the school routine             Whether this is your child’s first school experience, or he is gearing up to head back to the classroom, there are some thi...

Guidance, Discipline and the Perils of Punishment 

Giving choices and being respectful will yield better results   What do you think of when you hear the word “discipline?” Something helpful? Instructive? Punitive? Well, punishment doesn’t work. It may establ...

Strengthening Relations with Your Pre-Teen

When children move into the preteen years, parents often struggle with the changes this new stage of development brings.  Just looking at the titles of popular parenting books for this age group—like The Roller...

Teaching Tolerance to Your Children

Children notice differences in gender and race—boys and girls, black children and white children. They begin constructing personal and social identities before they can even talk about them. They pick up on the...

Family-Focused Efforts for School Success

A mom of a three year old wants to help her child stop hitting at preschool. A dad of an eight year old wants his son to focus during math class. All parents of all upper school children want to help them do be...
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Understanding The Shy Child

What we commonly call “shyness” is not a behavior problem. It’s a temperament trait. Temperament research focuses on nine personality characteristics that have been found to remain constant throughout a person’...
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Tips To Avoid And End A Tantrum

Tips to avoid a tantrum  1.  Make sure your child has enough food and rest2.  Redirect a frustrated child to another activity3.  Offer choices: instead of saying, “go to bed now” say, “what do...