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Why You Should Nurture Your Kid’s Emotional Intelligence

“Research shows high levels of emotional intelligence are directly linked to academic achievement, better relationships, greater success for adulthood, and improved mental health.”

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6 Ways to Practice Self-Love Daily

“Say it with me: self-care is not selfish. It is you taking care of your basic needs and rights as a human being.”

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15 Things Every Daughter Needs to Hear from Her Dad

What we dads do with our daughters is important, of course, but what’s just as important is what we say to them.

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Ashley Tisdale & Christopher French Welcome Their First Child

The “High School Musical” star is now a mom!

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Make Family Photos Less Painful with These 5 Tips

“To make your family photography experience enjoyable right from the beginning, here are useful tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your session.”

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Are You Going through the Motions or Living Your Life?

“At some point, I lost a bit of myself along the way of raising my children. I let go of my passions and only focused on what made my children happy. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even know it.”

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The Frightening World of Self-Injurious Behavior

“With therapies, medications, and love we will grow through this. We have to. It’s all we can do. We wake up every day and start all over just like everyone else.”

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Autism: The Grinch That Stole His Holiday Excitement

” I love to be around others. To joke, to laugh, to engage. To see emotion exude from the faces of those you love. And my boy, my sweet, nonverbal, autistic little love, he much prefers his own company at this point. Too many faces equal too many feelings.”

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When It Comes to Autism, These Are My 7 Wishes

“And while there are so many, many things I wish I could change about the system itself, the main changes are ones I wish I could simply make in others. But not my boy.”

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To the Mom I Thought Was Judging Me, I’m Sorry

“Sitting at a beachside pizzeria waiting for our order to arrive, I saw her. She was a beautiful young mom seated across from us with her young family. And then I noticed her glancing over at my daughter’s leg brace.”

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Empathy Activities to Foster Kind and Not-So-Bored Kids

“Empathy activities are also ones that can take up a good portion of our day and therefore banish the boredom!”

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4 Easy Ways to Teach Kids Empathy

“Empathy is more than just an elegant and important skill—it’s also our human superpower.”

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Study Shows Babies Know When They Are Being Imitated & Like It

Imitation has a positive effect on interaction.

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The Precious Gifts of Failure & Empathy

“Today I hope you will accept the gift of my admitted failures and give someone else a precious gift. The gift of your own failure, your empathy, tears, forgiveness…and love. We will be OK. Because we are in this together.”

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8 Fun Pretend Games That Build Your Child’s Social Skills

“With a parent’s support and many opportunities for pretend play, your child can continue to develop the social skills they need. Here are some great ways to harness their imagination.”

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Children’s Mental Health in the Time of Quarantine

“When a child feels safe to express themselves, many important conversations can begin. Those conversations may not only ease the stress of our current situation but provide them with tools they can use for a lifetime.”

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Why Kids Regress During Times of Stress & 7 Things Do About It

“Our kids whine or cry, our teenager throws a tantrum, our potty-trained child has an accident—pay attention! They don’t just need our attention, but the inward emotions are asking for their attention and need to be addressed.”

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Help Ease Your Child’s Anxiety during COVID-19 with These 3 Tips

“Not all experiences in life have to be difficult, it is how we choose to react to these experiences that will shape how your children view fear and react to the world around them.”

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Speak & Listen to Your Kids—No Words Required

Connect with your child in a way that doesn’t involve talking through this activity—it will strengthen both of your abilities to hear and listen to each other.

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Confronting the Fear of the Unknown

“Is fear always a bad thing? Not necessarily—it’s an emotion that can help propel us towards our goals or warns us to slow down and proceed with caution.”

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One Research-Backed Way to Diminish Toddler Tantrums

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All I wanted was to walk on the treadmill for maybe…20 minutes. Is that too much to ask?
I had a great plan–I would hop on the treadmill in the basement while my son (age 2 at the…

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The Scientific Reason Why Yelling Doesn’t Work

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Have you ever wondered how the emotion used in your voice affects how your kids listen or understand what you tell them? No doubt most of us have had moments where we “lost it” with our kids and…

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“Sesame Street” Is Launching an Arabic Series to Help Refugee Children

“Sesame Street” has partnered with the International Rescue Committee to bring the show and a special message to refugee children.

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Proof Your Reactions as a Parent Shape Your Child’s World View

When I was a psychology major in college, over two decades ago, I studied an experiment called The Visual Cliff, that fascinated me then but resonates even louder with me now. Originally the experiment was intended to examine infant depth…

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The Other Side of Fear: 5 Strategies for Living Like a Warrior

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Dear Confessional,
Many times throughout my life, fear has tapped me on the shoulder when I least expected—it has also punched me in the gut and brought me to my knees in a whirl of exhausting…

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Parents, Watch for These Signs of Stress at Back-to-School Time

Identifying and getting rid of emotional baggage from the past can help kids return to school happy and ready to learn.

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This Mom’s Drive-Thru Good Deed Will Warm Your Heart

An act of kindness, from one mom to another.

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Letting Go of Emotional Baggage to Become a Better Parent

Emotional baggage doesn’t have to be burdensome. Identifying it, and releasing the energy will allow you to become a better parent.

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This New FDA-Approved ADHD Treatment Is Drug-Free

This new device could treat ADHD without medication.

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How Being the Mom Who Worries Can Affect Your Kids

Do parental worries impact how well emerging adults transcend the difficulties of mastering adulthood?

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7 Ways Moms Can Stress-Proof Their Health in the New Year

Here are some simple practices to help you live with more calm and happiness and less stress and anxiety in the New Year.

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Kate Hudson ‘Grammed the Sweetest Snuggle Pic with Rani Rose

Just looking at this pic will totally warm your heart on a cold winter day.

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Holiday Family Dinner Convo Starters That’ll Break the Ice & Warm Your Hearts

Show up to the table prepared with these conversation starters that are sure to bring everyone together.

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