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Birth Order

As discussed in the January 1 newsletter, birth order plays a significant role in family dynamics and personality. Birth order affects every person, and is often a topic that is neglected when looking at the behaviors and characteristics of children (and adults). (more…)

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Memorable Holidays with your Kids

As discussed in the December 18 newsletter, the holidays can be very busy and stressful times for you and your families. Often the focus becomes gifts and events, rather than special times with your families and loved ones. Unfortunately, children’s senses are filled with messages that scream “Buy me”! However, the memorable pieces of holiday […]

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Childhood Stress

As discussed in the November 27 newsletter, childhood stress is a very real and significant concern. The busier and more dynamic families become, the greater the potential for children to become anxious and stressed. (more…)

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Limit Setting

As discussed in the November 13 newsletter, Limit Setting can be very effective for giving children the ability to make good choices and understand the consequences for their wrong behavior. Children learn that they are in control, and rather than being told what to do, they are allowed to make guided decisions about what is […]

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Developmental Stages

As discussed in the November 13 newsletter, parents often are not aware of where their child is developmentally, and how that affects the life and behavior of their child. In an effort to fully understand the biological, emotional, psychological and physical changes that are taking place, here are some developmental theorists that may give you […]

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Every child responds differently to discipline. Some children are naturally more defiant and require more creative strategies, while others obey with very little effort. The key to effective discipline is finding a good fit between the child’s personality & currency and your discipline approach. From a behavior modification model, the three types of discipline are […]

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Make Playtime a Priority!

As discussed in the October 30 newsletter, there are many reasons to consider creating a specific time each week set aside solely for the purpose of play with your children. The benefits stretch into many areas, and it allows you to enjoy time with your family. (more…)

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Choice Theory

Children are often defiant and parents find it very frustrating and difficult to get children to obey without resorting to a battle of the wills. Choice Theory allows for parents to completely eliminate arguments with children about compliance, while encouraging children to develop important skills. (more…)

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Encouragement vs. Praise

The differences between encouragement and praise have become more widely noted in recent years, and studies have shown there is a long-lasting effect of each/ This article contains examples and information to expand your understanding of the topic, why encouragement is more helpful, and how to put it into practice in your homes. (more…)

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