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The Importance of a Language-Rich Home

How verbal interaction with babies and toddlers leads to a lifetime of benefits. 10-month-old Sasha sits on the living room floor, playing with her toys.  Dad looks at her from the couch where he is folding la...

‘Festing’ in New Orleans with Kids

Fest with the Best! So many choices means lots of reasons to get into the festival spirit and no excuses to miss out. You can go big or small – pack up for a day at French Quarter Fest or just grab the bare ne...
While some unacceptable behavior may call for age-appropriate consequences, getting to the root of the problem will have a more lasting and positive effect.

Common Signs of Stress and Helpful Responses

Watch for the signs and help children build resilience Sometimes stress gets a bad rap. While too much stress is not good for anyone, learning to manage normal stress is an important life skill. Normal or typi...

The True Value of Friendship

Teach your child how to make and keep friends, for now and the future In his well-known essay, “Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” Robert Fulghum outlines some good life lessons child...
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How to Ensure your Good Boy Becomes a Great Man

The treatment of women by high-powered men this past year has left much to be desired when it comes to role-modeling for our children. Recent headlines have featured a movie executive whose conduct while meetin...

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...
Happy little girl finishing her homework and get applause from her parents at home

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...

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