If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.
Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments
I often wish that I knew another language so that I could speak it all the time to my son and he could pick it up. (Yes, I know I could make this happen, but I can only handle so many personal challenges in a year.) I am grateful that he is learning Spanish in school, and I am super proud of him when he speaks it. It is something I want him to keep up with.
Do you have a laundry basket full of clothes? If so, grab your toddler or young child’s hand and take them into the laundry room with you. Did you know that you can teach them how to help with the laundry? Most children are eager and willing to help their parents with new things. Have your child take the sorted laundry from the laundry basket and they can…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on September 25, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments
As a mom, I know how quickly laundry can pile up especially if you have children in your house. This morning I asked toddler to help me pick up the laundry so that I could start a load of laundry today. After we completed got the laundry sorted and a load of laundry started, I had a fantastic idea popped into my head and I wanted to share my…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on September 11, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments
One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family. I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids. National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family. It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day.
An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues. Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…Continue
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One of the topics I am asked about often is social skills. The importance of social learning for all children, but especially children with hidden challenges & special needs cannot be emphasized enough.
In many of my adaptive yoga programs I've observed not only the 'bringing together' of mind and body, but also the bringing together of friendships, some unlikely on the surface at first, but then watching them growing spontaneously out of small groups sessions,…Continue
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Should you be concerned if your baby is not meeting her developmental milestones on time? For the most part, the answer is yes. While there is a time range for baby development that is considered normal, if your baby does not meet those time frames, you should take action. I'll tell you why. Babies are born with billions of neurons. Not all of them are activated, and many will "die off". There is a window of opportuntiy during development that is…Continue
Added by Nancy Konigsberg on October 27, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I used to be a positive thinker! I didn't know to be negative, really. That was a couple decades ago, though.
Then, along came adulthood.
With adulthood came marriage.
My marriage was not the best marriage. It could have been and should have been a great marriage. But, for some reason, the sweet man I married turned into someone not so sweet.
With my husband's put-downs and all the ugliness of our marriage, I began to think…Continue
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overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, and sometimes even fed up being a parent, you
are expected to make an immediate decision that requires clear, concise,
sensible fair discipline rules. Result based discipline tactics will help parents
not get entangled in discipline traps that cause much frustration and repeat
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