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New Research Shows What Baby’s Coos & Cries Say About Language

The study helps to explain infant language development.

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7 Ways to Help Close COVID-19 Learning Gaps

We found several strategies and resources that are perfect for kids who’ve struggled during this past year.

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8 Tips for Helping Your Blended Family Thrive

“Whether your blended family is newer or you’re simply looking for techniques to help your already existing family thrive, there are so many ways to improve your family’s function.”

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To the Mother of a Child with a Disability This Mother’s Day

“Some of you may have never even heard your child call you ‘Mom.’ But they know you are Mom.”

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Here’s Why American Adults Think Their Moms Are So Cool

This survey explains why some moms are super-cool.

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To the Mom Alone in the Dark, I’ll Sit with You

“​​​​​​​If you’re a parent of a special needs child, a new parent, or a lost parent and you find yourself in the dark literally or figuratively, know that I understand you.”

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Finally Piecing the Puzzle Together

“I recognize that puzzle that is my son may take longer to construct, but I will no longer force pieces together that just don’t fit.”

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27 Great Conversation Starters for Honest Family Discussions

Here’s how to go beyond, “How was school?” when talking with your kids.

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

“I will always fight for my son and his quality of life and I will be happy when we have our victories, but man, some nights when he goes to bed, I can cry and ask why and cry some more.”

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Key Strategies for Raising a Child during a Pandemic

“Being a parent under normal circumstances can be a constant balancing act. Throw in a global pandemic, and you’re faced with more questions than ever.”

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Finding Gratitude Isn’t Easy

“If not for these struggles, the hard, or the difficult, the good, the gains, and the friendships would likely have never shone through so brightly.”

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How to Make Bilingual Learning Fun & Natural

Interested in having your child learn another language? This mom shares her bilingual journey and how she’s getting her kids to learn Chinese.

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Read Every Parenting Book You Can—Then Toss Them All in the Trash

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There’s a certain lure to self-help books. Especially if you’re anything like me. I’m always on the quest for more knowledge, always the perpetual student. 
I’m always either trying to constantly look for ways to better myself…

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Blast Off into STEM Learning with Circuit Explorer

Kids will learn how to engineer simple circuits.

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Study Shows Children Make Progress When Given Space

Sitting back and watching is good for the parent’s mental health.

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At What Age Can I Potty Train My Child?

“Establishing healthy potty use and attitudes from an early age is beneficial to your child, on so many levels. Parents: You get to choose, from birth, whether to train your baby into using the diaper as a full-time toilet, or using the toilet as a full-time toilet.”

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The Kids Who Do Well in School All Have This in Common

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There is robust research about the different factors that influence student achievement. While teacher skill and communication is important, there are a number of influential factors for student success that happen outside of school. In fact, research shows…

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How Raising Teens Made Me a Better Human

The litany of challenges facing teens in today’s modern culture mocks the floodwaters of generations past. Public is the new private for adolescents. Hard to fathom swimming in such shark infested waters when already weighed down by insecurities, body changes,…

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The Benefits of Making a Family Social Contract

“The best benefit of a social contract? It teaches self-responsibility which is such a critical component to everyday life.”

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This Parenting Hack May Be the Best One Yet

“Role-playing is really healthy. It is also a good opportunity to get to know your child even better and see what they know or what they feel.”

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How to Talk to Your Child about Racial Differences

Don’t be afraid to acknowledge racial differences, albeit in a positive way, pointing out your child’s or someone else’s wonderful hair or beautiful skin.

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Turns Out “Baby Talk” Could Help Kids Gain Skills Faster, Study Shows

Parents around the world speak to their babies little differently than they do with anyone else. There is actually a term for it. It’s called “parentese.” According to a new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or…

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How Much Time Should Kids Spend with Their Grandparents?

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How does one match expectations for grandparents with their adult children about frequency and duration of visits with their grandchildren?
Like all relationships, the dynamic between generations is complicated and only becomes more so as new members are…

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Doesn’t Everyone Have a Mommy?

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Four-year-old Derek calls out to me, “Joel just said that he doesn’t have a mommy and I told him that everyone has a mommy! Doesn’t everyone have a mommy?” Derek asks.
As a nursery school teacher, I was…

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Want to Be More Mindful as a Couple? Try These 4 Techniques

Research has proven that active mindfulness makes you a better, calmer, happier person—for both you and your partner.

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3 Mental Health Self-Care Tips to Try During the Holiday Season

The holidays are not only stressful, they are taxing on our energy and patience. Make this year, and the coming years different, by implementing these self-care mental health tips.

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How to Make the Transition to Stepparent Easier on Kids

Communication and empathy are the keys to bridging understanding—especially when a stepparent enters the family picture.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Teen’s Self-Image

Confidence in our teens first begins with confidence within you. Remember, always lead by example with your child. If you want them to have healthy habits, then show them what healthy habits look like. If you want them to love themselves, you must first show them how well you love yourself.

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The 15 Texts I Wish My Teens Would Send Me

While it might be nice to hear from my teens every now and then letting me know that they appreciate all the things I do for them, in the meantime, I’ll keep being their loving and supportive dad however they choose to communicate with me.

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20 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Kids

When we connect in any relationship, from the core of the heart, positive energy flows between us and a deep bond is created. These 20 tips may help strengthen that bond.

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The 3 Habits All Parents Need to Master

By setting an example now and forming these essential habits that they can emulate, you will be doing more for them than any picturesque “Leave It To Beaver” lifestyle ever could.

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10 Practical Skills All Children Need

Want to give your kids the best chance for a successful future? Here are ten practical skills children will need to thrive in our fast-changing world.

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