Strengthening your family culture and identity

Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of family culture and identity recently. Partially because, with two rapidly growing children and a third ready to pop out, our own family identity is developing more and more, without us even focusing on it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities and likes and interests are…

Stay Sane as a Busy Mom

Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

Teaching Your Child Not To Tease

Are Your Kids Teasing Each Other?

I’ve been thinking about the topic of teasing recently because our two boys (currently 3 ½ and 2 ½) are starting to tease each other more. They get along very well, and most of the time their teasing is playful. I hope it stays that way. But they’re already starting once in a while to…

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Limiting Screen Time for Your Kids

And by screen time, I mean not just TV, but pretty much all electronics – TV, tablets, computers, video games, etc. Anything with bright lights and screens that takes your child a few steps away from the real world into an entertaining, but remote and nonexistent virtual world. To be clear, we are far from…

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When Your Child Contradicts You…

It’s normal for kids, especially toddlers, to go through phases when they are contrary and contradictory toward just about everything. I know this. I’ve known this since before having kids, so I knew to expect it. But KNOWING that all kids go through a phase like this is very different than handling it when it…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

A brief guide to positive parenting: dos and don'ts

A Brief Guide to Positive Parenting

WHY POSITIVE PARENTING? In the end, each parent has to choose their own parenting style for their own reasons, based on what they think is best for their child. The reasons I appreciate positive parenting might not be the same reasons you or someone else do. That being said, here are two of the main…

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching your child how to be responsible not only equips your child with skills they need for a variety of life situations. It also helps your child develop an understanding of their unique talents and the importance of using their talents to contribute to their family, friends and larger community. 1. Work on cause and…

Is your child afraid of the dark? Here are 6 strategies you can use to help them!

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dark?

Many, if not all children, are afraid of the dark at some point. This fear often sets in around age 3, when a child enters the world of imaginative play. As the child’s imagination develops, they begin to project imaginary creations into the world around them. Darkness represents an unknown reality; when a child looks…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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4 Things Parents Forget

My husband and I are very involved in our children’s lives. If you’re parents, I’m guessing you are too. It’s very natural for parents to care deeply about what happens to their children and how their kids grow and develop. And, because we care, we work. We get involved. We guide and instruct. We try…