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How to Encourage Physical, Emotional & Intellectual Development in Kids

If you want your children to excel in all walks of life, it is important to understand how they develop.

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11 Phrases That Will Get Your Kids to Listen (No Joke!)

If there’s one thing parents learn rather quickly, it’s that the words “kid” and “listen” are not always compatible.

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My Child Was Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

“Helpful guidance to parents, caregivers, and any friend or family member seeking to support a family experiencing challenges that come with an autism diagnosis.”

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For Children, Wearing a Mask Is an Emotional Challenge

“Here are four things that you can do to support the healthy social and emotional development of young children during the pandemic.”

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6 Ways to Build & Boost Your Daughter’s Self-Confidence

“Girls seem to lose their confidence in a “perfect storm” of changes as they grow. Here are some ways you can work to build your daughter’s confidence.”

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How to Teach Children Compassion

“By choosing to parent with presence and consciousness you are providing an opportunity for your child to learn to be a conscious individual. You are providing a framework for healthy, ecologically responsible, spiritually connected living.”

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How to Love Your Body So Your Daughter Can Learn to Love Hers, Too

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Images are so powerful as they can inspire us to imagine potential. This is why my presentations include a plethora of pictures. I show audiences all kinds of girls: different ages, ethnicities and expressions—so they can embrace the…

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Surprisingly Honest Lessons I’ve Learned by Observing My 3 Twenty-Somethings

So, I’ve done the infant thing, toddler thing, pre-school thing…all the way through the teen thing. And if wisdom means knowing what you don’t know, well then parenting has turned me into a side-eye sage. Apparently, I’m wise as all…

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5 Ways to Engage with Your Child While Homeschooling

“Working with your children at home can be easier and more enjoyable than you think. Instead of letting fear control your next move, use this time as an opportunity to get to know your child on a deeper level than ever before. Enjoy it. Savor it. It may never happen again.”

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5 Ways to Help Your Child to Play (and Live) Better

Teaching children to play better will also help them make better connections later in life as they take those skills into every workplace and every interaction in the future.

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The Only Indoor Game You’ll Ever Need

Looking for a new game to play indoors? This may be the only game you’ll need this winter thanks to it’s fun and silly nature—no purchase necessary.

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5 Ways to Combat Bullying at School

Statistics show that 160,000 kids stay home from school each day to avoid being bullied. While most schools have a zero-tolerance policy in the handbooks for bullying behavior, it is important to teach your children what to do when they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation at school.

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5 Ways to Combat Bullying at Summer Camp

Summer Camp is right around the corner, and with the fun and excitement of any new environment with school-aged children comes the threat of bullies. Here are five tips to help your child navigate bullying behavior.

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Why It’s Okay to Be Bored & How to Encourage Solo Play

There are a few things you can do and say to encourage solo play. Here’s why that’s important.

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10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Situational Awareness, because You Just Never Know

Even when you do everything just right, bad things can still happen.

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150 Essential Life Skills Every Parent Should Know—& Teach Their Kids, Too

It’s so easy to get caught up in what we should be teaching our kids that we sometimes forget to learn these things ourselves. 

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How to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby

For many dogs, the addition of a human baby to the household is a crushing blow. After all, she was your first baby.

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Tiny Dancers: The Best Dance Studios for Kids

We’ve rounded up the best classes in the Bay Area, that offer everything from tap to hip hop to ballet. Let’s dance!

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These Are the 5 Best Broadway Shows for Theatre-Loving Kids

I’ve always loved the theater. From the time I was a small child, my mother would take me to see performances at our local community theater. Any time the high school was putting on a show, I was always there,…

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This Is How I Teach My Child Simple Manners (You’re Welcome)

I’m always delighted to learn from a friend or acquaintance that my child was polite without prompting.

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​12 Simple Tips to Help Parents Raise Socially Competent Teens

It seems as though screens have taken over human interaction—but our kids still need social skills to navigate life and the social experiences that come along with it.

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The Mystery in My Dryer

Laundry is the herpes of household chores.

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What could possibly make it worse?
Let me tell you.

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Super Powers Are Real

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Recently I realized that I have this amazing super power. It’s not something that happened quickly, but rather a talent I have acquired over the last five years.  
I can read minds. Well, one mind really…Drake’s mind. …

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Mind Your Manners! Where LA Kids Learn Their Ps & Qs

If you haven’t heard “please” or “thank you” in a while, we can fix that!

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To The Stranger at the Store

Photo: Cassie Hilt
It was a rough day. I had a bad day at work and was completely exhausted. I had worked 9 hours and picked my kids up from daycare. I still had to run to the grocery store…

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6 Secrets to Knowing What Baby Needs Before She Can Talk

Baby can’t talk yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t decode what her cries, expressions and cues are telling you. Find the secrets to successful baby communication here.

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Little Miss Manners

Got questions about etiquette for kids? You’d love for your kids to have good manners, but maybe you’ve forgotten the basics of finishing school yourself. Leave them in the hands of Simla Akyol who offers her etiquette class for 5…

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