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Play is the natural language of children. Next time you find yourself struggling with your child, turn to play for the answer. For your child, play is familiar, play is non-threatening, and most of all play is fun. Welcome back to part 2 of a 3-part series on how to...read more
Let’s face it, some days as a parent it’s hard to cultivate feelings of gratitude. A car cuts you off in traffic or another mom gives you a judgemental look for bringing your coughing kid to playgroup. Life seems to just have a lot of things that feel hard to be...read more
Being a parent is hard. Being a healthy parent is even harder. Parents give so much of their time, resources and overall energy to the process of raising a healthy child. While routines, structures, and discipline are put in place to help the child, it becomes very...read more
The recent news of an even deeper scandal involving a major religious institution in our world is plain awful. As a parent with young children, it is troubling to consider the statistics surrounding child abuse within what is considered seemingly safe adult...read more
We live for Saturdays in my house. It’s the only morning that a few significant things happen: endless kiddo snuggles, cartoons, and coffee in a mug instead of a travel tumbler. Perhaps the most important, though, is: PANCAKES. My boys eat those things up in .4...read more
Parenting a child with behavioral issues can be overwhelming. What one would assume to be reasonable requests, such as, “please pick-up your trains” or “please hang-up your coat,” become teeth-gritting experiences. These are real struggles for many, if not all...read more
It’s lots of transition and change for kiddos and parents to move from school schedules to summer schedules. If you are a parent who feels nervous about summer challenges you are not alone. As a parent getting ready for summer I’ve been considering the challenges...read more
Tired of trying to set limits that don’t work? Well you’re not alone! Seeing your child engage in the same behaviors over and over again and not having an effective means of clearly communicating your need for them to stop can be extremely frustrating. Sometimes,...read more
Responding to every need a child has is impossible, and yet it is difficult to watch a child experience any kind of difficulty. Children (and adults) have physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and relational needs. The desire to nurture started with the birth...read more
We’ve all heard the numerous benefits of what mindfulness can bring to your life, from increased presence to an inner feeling of peace, mindfulness is a hot topic on the street. In the last few years, mindfulness research has expanded the focus to also include the...read more
Science shows when children with speech and language disorders and delays are identified earlier, they make faster progress and have a better chance to catch up to same-aged peers. Communication is a process that provides neurologic feedback. Children with...read more
Developing language is a complex process. Parents and their children have essential and intertwining roles. Research shows children are better communicators when parents: 1. Communicate with their child in the language they are most comfortable using. - Match...read more
A Speech & Language Development GuideHow Children Should Engage with Others Infants 0-6 months old: Typically respond to voice and sound, establish eye-contact, and use a social smile (smiles when spoken to, or when others smile at him/her). By 8-9 months: Children...read more
Consistency is a huge challenge for every parent. Being consist of what we want to teach our children takes a lot of thoughtfulness, planning, and grit. Especially since children develop so quickly! As a parent, I’ve found two things to be vital to in my journey...read more
Did your relationship with Target change when you became a parent? Instead of slowly roaming each aisle looking at the new decorative pillows and throws with Starbucks in hand, forgetting all the stressors of the world while getting lost in your happy place, now trips...read more
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