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Hitting: Why Kids Do It, and How to Help Them Stop

All children sometimes hit, bite or exhibit other aggressive behaviors as they develop. This does not mean that your child is “aggressive”. It usually means that your child is experimenting with different ways of reacting to different situations. If you teach your child different ways of reacting, most children will grow out of hitting, clawing…

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Family Activities for in the Car

Are you going on a family vacation anytime soon involving a road trip? Here are some great ideas for having fun together in the car! Alphabet game. Everyone looks out the window and tries to find objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet, starting with A and working their way, in order, to Z.…

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To All Moms with Kids

Lots of ads and promotions focus on helping moms have a good image – look their best, feel their best, do their best. Sometimes they can be helpful, but at the same time, they can be detrimental, both when we get discouraged because we don’t measure up, AND when we miss out on better and…

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3 Virtues Every Parent Needs

Parenting is a rewarding, but challenging job no matter how you look at it. Kids are wonderful, but they also stretch our hearts, minds and wills as far as they can be stretched. It can cause us to grow a lot, or to snap. Here are 3 virtues that help us bring out the best…

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8 Ways to Teach Your Child Virtue

  Building character and teaching our children how to be principled is just as important as caring for their physical and intellectual needs. Each of our children comes with different innate strengths and challenges, so there’s no one-size-fits all program for teaching your child values; what virtues your child needs to work on and when…

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6 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids

When we think of spending quality time with our kids, we often think of doing something extra, like a family outing, or vacation. While these special family experiences are wonderful, there are many other ways to spend quality time with your kids when you don’t have the time or money to plan something extra. 1.…

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Dealing with Your Shy Child

Do you have a shy child? Here are several ways you can help your child feel loved and, at the same time, develop crucial skills to help them overcome their shyness to the extent necessary to deal well with others and accomplish tasks in life that require communication and working with people they don’t know.…

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Helping Your Child Channel Their Curiosity into Learning

Curiosity lies at the core of learning; it is the source of a child’s internal motivation to learn. By helping cultivate your child’s curiosity, you exponentially increase their capacity, and desire, for learning. Here are a few ways you, as a parent and/or teacher, can help your child channel their curiosity into effective learning experiences.…

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9 Ways to Encourage Exploration

As I mentioned in another post, allowing your children to explore the world around them is a great way to encourage active learning and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Here are 9 ways you can encourage exploration; none of them take too much preparation. Be forewarned: they DO required clean-up! Most of them foster “free…

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5 Tips for Helping Your Child Learn Actively

We often associate “learning” with schoolwork. But learning isn’t an activity; it’s a process. That process can be happening, or not happening, at all times. Most of your child’s life will be spent outside the classroom (be that the traditional classroom or the homeschool classroom), so why not start teaching them now how to learn…

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Tips for Flying with Young Children

With summer on its way, I’m sure my husband and I aren’t the only ones gearing up toward long plane trips with young children. This year our sons are 2 and 3 years old. We’ve traveled with them internationally one or more times a year since they each were born. Between flights and layovers, our…

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The Importance of Family Traditions

As I’ve been preparing for our Fathers’ Day celebration, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of family traditions. I have always innately appreciated family traditions. To be honest, my own family wasn’t huge on recurring traditions, largely because we moved around a lot and adjusting our traditions to meet our situation and needs each year.…

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Why Your Child Lies and How You Can Help Them

Parents can pretty get frustrated if their child lies. It worries because we rely on our child telling the truth to know about what they’re doing, thinking and feeling, especially for times when we aren’t right with them. We also don’t like seeing our kids start bad habits. Children lie for different reasons at different…

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Dealing with Your Spirited Child

If you have more than one child, you’re likely to have a high spirited one in the bunch. Here are a few tips for dealing with these delightful, rambunctious, sensitive and determined kids. Some of these strategies apply to all children, but are included here because they are even more important to keep in mind…

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16 Indoor Staycation Ideas

Have I mentioned before that we live in Iraq? There’s a lot I love about it, but I’m going to complain for a moment about something I don’t like: the HEAT! Don’t get me wrong – I love summer just as much as the next person (especially because I work at a school, so summer…

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Children Are NOT Commodities!

I don’t usually write a post showcasing another blogger’s post, but this one is worth it. My friend Brittany from The Lily Field, wrote a refreshing, and humorous post proving that it’s possible to raise a child without spending almost $250,000 per child as they grow. Head over and read Brittany’s post – you’ll get…

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Nonverbal Ways to Help Children Express Themselves

Children have to learn how to express themselves in order to succeed at truly discovering and developing their own identity, and feeling comfortable with themselves. Usually verbal communication jumps to mind when we think about expressing ourselves. But it’s equally important to teach our kids how to express themselves in other ways. Here are 5…

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6 Ways to Eliminate Whining

Even the most delightful child whines once in a while. If you have two very close in age like mine (13 months apart), they’ll even throw in whining competitions once in a while… because you know, if you are going to whine, you might as well show your parents that you’re be the best whiner!…

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The Ultimate Toys: Dirt and Water

Kids seem irresistibly drawn to playing with dirt and water. This shouldn’t surprise us – water and dirt are the ultimate toys. Kids had access to these natural elements LONG before manmade toys, and none of the wonderful toys that have recently been invented can surpass the natural attraction kids have toward these natural elements.…

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Ways to Decrease Tension Between Siblings

Charbel (3) and Paul (2) are 13 months apart. When I was pregnant with Paul, Charbel was too little to understand what was going on. But the day I gave birth to Paul, he immediately knew something was different… and the rivalry began. Suddenly, there was someone in his room with him and someone else Mommy…

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10 Ways to Teach Your Child to Share

Have you every watched Finding Nemo? Sometimes I feel like the gulls have raided my living room. For those of you that haven’t seen the film, toward the end there’s a group of seagulls all clamoring for the same fish, saying “Mine” “Mine” “Mine” “Mine”, non-stop. A fairly accurate description of how children can sound when…