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9 Reasons Learning a Musical Instrument Benefits Kids

From improving math skills to providing stress relief—learning a musical instrument has a host of unexpected advantages.

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Breaking the Evil Stepmother Stereotype

“Being a stepparent can be as simple or as difficult as all the parties involved choose to make it.”

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The Most Important Thing Our Kids Need from Us

“There is no secret sauce to parenting, there is not a magic ingredient. But this one thing always remains consistent.”

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Got Toddler Behavior Issues? This Program Can Help

New research found a way to help behavioral issues in children as young as 12-months.

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Strategies to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Their Lunch

“Frustrated by school lunches going untouched? The good news, we’ve got easy strategies that you can use to encourage kids to eat their school lunch.”

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Why I Should Get a Say About Raising Your Children

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I know that childless people (of which I am one) like to complain about how parents are raising their kids. I feel confident in saying that virtually every parent has had the experience of going out in public…

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Co-Parenting Peacefully during a Pandemic? It’s Possible

“Children will frequently test boundaries and rules—a united front in co-parenting is crucial.”

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Curious about Montessori Education? Start Here

“Montessori children are very resourceful and love to find ways to solve problems. And famously, the Google founders went to a Montessori school and credit part of their success to this ability to think for themselves.”

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The One Question We Knew We’d Have to Answer Eventually

“Here it was—a few days before Mother’s Day—my little boy wanted to know where his mother was.”

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Parenting, aka- The Perfect Puzzle

Recently I was talking to my friend who was struggling with her sons new habit. Screaming at the top of his lungs. What do I do, she asked me? So I suggested squirting him with a water bottle every time…

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5 Ways Parents Can Support Kids’ Healthy Online Habits

Technology is going no where but parents who steer their kids away from the biggest pitfalls brought on by digitization will usher in a new breed of digital natives who can actually put down the phone, forget about FOMO, and give Big Brother the boot.

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Best Sports and Outdoor Activities for Shy, Introverted Kids

Encouraging your children to spend more time outdoors and move their bodies is getting increasingly important in this age of screens and digital everything.

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Want to Impact the World? Raise Helpful Kids!

A child’s ability to care about and help others needs to be nurtured in their early years. In fact, it is most sustainable when “helping” becomes part of family life. Here are five, fun ways to develop helpfulness in your kids.

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Great Expectations and Great Explanations

One day our children will be off on their own, making their own decisions, based on their own moral compass, carrying their own great expectations into the wide, wide, world. And we’ll be glad we took the time to offer these great explanations.

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Want to Be More Organized? Follow These 7 Rules

From finding your own “reason” to self-discipline, here are 7 ways to stay organized and win at life.

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The Secret to Raising Kids Without Losing Your Cool? Parent Like the Inuit

We can learn so much from this parenting style from our friends up north.

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A Letter to My Middle Child

“I want to—and I try my best—but your brother and sister need me, too.”

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How Do You Raise Responsible Kids? Give ‘Em Chores

Here’s a game plan to get even your littlest helpers on board with chores.

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11 Positive Parenting Tactics to Try First—Before You Lose Your Cool

Positive parenting helps to create children who have a healthy self-esteem, are less aggressive and who tend to have better family bonds.

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An Arts Education Makes Kids Better Writers & It Makes Them Better People, Too

Arts education can have important impacts on school kids long after they graduate.

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If My Toddler Could Talk Like an Grownup, Here’s What She’d Tell You

Here’s what I imagine my toddler would say when she’s sleeping–if she could talk like a grownup.

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‘Tis the Season for Unwanted Parenting Advice. Here’s How to Deal with It All

For when you’ve had it up to *here* with all those well-meaning suggestions.

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Pediatricians’ Group to Parents: Seriously—Don’t Spank Your Kids

Here’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics says you shouldn’t spank your kids.

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How to Find the Best Nanny for Your Baby

Nanny 101: All the questions you need to ask, how to start the process and all the information you need to find the right nanny for your child.

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How to Find the Best Daycare for Your Baby

Daycare 101: Find out the questions to ask, what to look for and how to choose the right daycare for your baby.

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Moms with Rude Coworkers Are More Likely to Do This with Their Kids at Home

Having rude co-workers doesn’t just affect you, it has an impact on your kids, too.

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Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard Swapped Parenting Hacks on “Jurassic World” Set

When not outrunning dinosaurs, actors Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt talked shop about parenting on the set of “Jurassic World.”

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I’m Emotionally Stable So My Kids Should Be Too… Right?

Before children, I thought the hard stuff was going to be the chores—the sheer abundance of them, getting them to sleep, feeding them, having to change so many diapers. And then doing it all over again, all on relatively no…

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This Is How You Know When It’s Time for a Time Out

Disciplining kids: parents, babysitters and teachers don’t want to do it, but we must. We don’t expect perfect little adults, but we want to grow happy little people who can cope with the world around them. Believe it or not,…

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Hi-Yah! 7 Martial Arts Studios for Young Grasshoppers

Take your karate kid to leap into the amazing benefits of martial arts training at these 7 local dojos.

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5 Thoughtful Ways of Building Trust with Your Teens

Building a relationship of trust with your kids is tough. It’s a process years in the making, and the earlier you begin, the better. When your kids become teenagers, that trust will be even more important to maintain. But when…

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An Open Letter to Parents… From Your Child’s Teacher

The end of summer always gives me palpitations. Still. I’ve been teaching for over a decade, and my insides still start to short-circuit when I think about going back to school.

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10 Easy Ways My Camp Counselors Use Connection before Correction

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Today concludes 10 intense days of training with our counselors at Gold Arrow Camp to prepare them to work with campers this summer. We’ve prepared through discussion, reading, brainstorming, and role-playing; we’ve watched videos, reviewed procedures,…

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Why It’s Important for Stepfamilies to Not Rush Bonding

Raising a family has never been easy. Throw a stepparent into the mix and you’re likely to face a raft of new challenges you never anticipated. You are not alone though as reports show that more than 1000 stepfamilies are…

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This Summer Is the Best Time for Your Kids to Act Up

If you’ve been looking for ways to keep your budding performer busy this summer, we’ve rounded up our area’s best acting classes and dished on the summer camp extras.

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