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Secrets to Camp Success

Categories: Parenting 101, Summer|

What Parents Need to Know When Preparing Their Children for Camp By Anthony Cupo In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness on the need to expose children to camping activities. Exposing children to camps increases their sense of self-reliance, ambition, adventure, optimism, and self-esteem. Camps offer unique opportunities that enable children with varying abilities to distance themselves from daily stressors. Such a favorable environment enables children to explore their individuality. Gaining in-depth insights about themselves increases their sense of autonomy and responsibility. Children often spend most of their formative years in the same neighborhoods, reducing the diversity of their daily interactions. Camps provide children with a suitable platform for [...]

What It Means to Be a SUPER PARENT in 2020

Categories: Parenting 101, Parenting Self-Care, Special Needs Parenting|

The new year offers an opportunity to refocus and reprioritize. For working parents, that means taking some time to think about your family dynamic. If 2019 was a year of challenges, confusion, or frustration, the new year is a chance to switch up your routines. You can find a better way for your family members to support and relate to each other. Traditionally, parents depend on information from friends, family, and community members to formulate parenting plans. This information isn’t always as helpful as it seems. Even the most well-meaning advice can be rooted in ignorance, superstition, or culturally sanctioned trauma responses. Rather than depend on inaccurate sources, look to psychologists and educational experts [...]

6 Must-Have Parenting Books and Why

Categories: Parenting 101, Parenting Self-Care, Special Needs Parenting|

Like the saying goes, babies don’t come with instruction manuals. New parents are often left to figure things out for themselves, using a mix of personal experience and advice from friends and family. Even practiced parents struggle as they try to guide their children through crucial stages of development. Here are six parenting books that offer trustworthy information and practical solutions for families with children of all ages and abilities. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind This book uses modern neurobiology to help parents understand their children’s developmental stages. It presents 12 ways to encourage healthy intellectual and emotional growth in children. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: [...]

How to Create Family Goals for the New Year

Categories: Parenting 101|

Are your New Year’s resolutions ready? You know goal setting helps you create the life you want. This new year, create some family goals to teach your children the value of self-discipline. The Basics of Family Goal Setting Just like your favorite professional sports team, your family needs to work together to be its best. Family goal setting helps each individual give their best effort toward the success of the whole family. It's important for everyone in the family to be involved with goal setting for many reasons. These goals: Illustrate the defining characteristics of your family. Represent the family’s highest ideal of their collective and individual potential. Give parents a [...]

4 Tips for Dealing with Back Talk

Categories: Parenting 101|

There’s a long-standing joke amongst parents: We wait with excitement to hear their first words. A few short months after, we will do almost anything for a little silence. Happy childish chatter might make it hard to think, but it’s one of the many things that makes sharing time with your child sweet. What happens when that sweet enthusiasm turns to angry back talk? How can a parent cut through the complex tangle of emotions that causes back talk and restore peaceful order to the family? Why Kids Talk Back Back talk is defined as disrespectful and defiant speech. This can mean anything from a toddler’s screeching protest to a teenager verbally [...]

Mindfulness Techniques To Help Ease Holiday Stress

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting|

Stress is a fact of modern adult life, especially during the holidays. It can be difficult to gather the energy needed to maintain a career, home, family and social life. When your personal reserves are running low, your relationships suffer. In addition to a number of serious physical symptoms, stress contributes to anxiety, anger, irritability and depression. When you’re overwhelmed with these emotions, the normal antics and issues your child participates in could be just enough to send you into an adult tantrum. It’s normal to encounter feelings of stress from time to time. However, it’s important to know how to manage the effects so that your negative emotions don’t compromise your [...]

5 Books About Parenting You Should Read

Categories: Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting|

Unfortunately, children don’t come with printed instructions. Daily experience is the only real way to master the art of raising a child. However, there are books that provide reliable guidance and information to parents. These five books help parents navigate challenges, build stronger bonds, and gain a better understanding of your child’s inner world. They may not give you all the answers, but you can certainly incorporate elements that will allow you to grow in your role. "Touchpoints" by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow This two-volume set is a thorough course in early childhood development. The first volume covers birth to age three, while the second discusses ages three to [...]

4 Ways to Calm Yourself When Dealing With Your Child’s Potent Emotions

Categories: Parenting Self-Care|

On the parenting rollercoaster of emotion, it often seems that anger is expressed more than any other, and the daily pressures of life don’t make keeping your cool any easier. Once the feeling erupts, it can be hard to control it. Often parents end up lashing out, and then experience guilt and dismay for their actions.   The parent-child relationship is volatile and knowing how to handle tantrums is tough. The reason that children can provoke their parents so quickly is known as the “ghosts in the nursery” phenomenon by scientists. The theory explains why parents unconsciously re-enact the past, because their children stimulate the intense feelings of childhood. It’s challenging for [...]

Giving Your Kids a Childhood: Avoiding the Trap of Snowplow and Helicopter Parenting

Categories: Parenting 101|

Most of the nation is aware of the recent college admissions scandal – and an overwhelming majority are shaking their heads. It feels like a blatant case of entitlement, but there is something more to consider. A new way of parenting is on the rise, and while the parents’ overall intentions may be good, the results are often negative. Within this new over-involved, overprotective parenting style are two sub-styles: The helicopter parent and the snowplow parent. They are similar in many ways, and both lead to future problems. Stripping away childhood one essential character-building skill at a time How often do you hear adults reminiscing about the good old days – their [...]

What to Do When Your Child Won’t Talk to You

Categories: Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting|

Open and honest communication with a trusted adult on a regular basis is a key factor in child development. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compiled a list of recent studies that verify some of the long-term benefits. Adolescents who receive open, validating, and respectful verbal guidance from a parent or mentor are far less likely to use drugs, engage in risky sexual activity, or find themselves in an abusive relationship. However, talking isn't always easy. As bodies evolve from child to biological adult, potent hormonal changes can make your child seem like a stranger. Social problems, developmental delays, and a range of other factors also impact your kid's ability and willingness [...]

5 Ways to Start Teaching Your Child About Empathy

Categories: Parenting 101|

Mirror neurons in our brains encourage imitation and allow us to share experiences with others. The ability to understand how others feel and think makes it possible to form strong social bonds. Empathy is a complex evolutionary process that makes it possible for the human race to prosper. Empathy is a combination of two specific responses. Affective empathy is the ability to share another’s emotions. Cognitive empathy lets you see things from another’s point-of-view. Help your children make the most of their natural empathic abilities. Affective Empathy: Sharing Emotions Teach young children how to respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Like most things, children learn best through observation. Your child will [...]

14 Little Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference With Your Children

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Automaticity is the neurological process that allows us to drive, walk, and complete other simple and repetitive behaviors without conscious thought. This ability is a large part of habit formation. A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology noted that automaticity could take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to take root. The researchers noted that consistency helped new habits form quickly. Choosing simple, clear, and trackable goals is the best way to stay consistent. Encourage your child to adopt these tiny changes to their daily routine to realize some big long-term rewards. Fine-Tune Morning Routines Your morning sets the tone for the whole day. Get your family off on [...]