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  • Balance Feels Best – Helping Children Neutralize Technology Overload

    Balance Feels Best – Helping Children Neutralize Technology Overload

    As digital learning has become a widely preferred alternative forschool, children everywhere are now "required" to be on devices in the wake of thepandemic. This is quite a change from the screen time limits that parents have attempted to enforce for years. Now, allotting time for school online, connecting with distant relatives via video chats, and participating inphysical activitiesvirtually are all a part of our everyday lives. Therefore, our new reality is challenging parent’s view of how much screen time is too much. Parents everywhere mustshift their rules regarding their children's use of technology and implement a balanced online lifestyle with other offline ....

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  • Child Development Centers - Give Your Child an Edge

    Child Development Centers - Give Your Child an Edge

    Programs for children are all around us. From day care centers to recreational sports and everything in between, options for parents to choose from are abounding. And although parents want what is best for their children, they often aren’t aware of the notable distinctions between the programs they are considering. To get the most out of any program, however, parents need to select one that is a “child development center.” These programs implement new, cutting-edge approaches that boost development in children. By making this choice, parents can be confident that they are giving their child a solid foundation for future success. ....

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  • Attachment-Seeking Reframing How We View Negative Behavior

    Attachment-Seeking Reframing How We View Negative Behavior

    If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us to slow down and appreciate the moments we have with our loved ones. On the flip side, it has also caused some additional stressors for parents as they have had to play the role of teacher while also fulfilling their work demands. And as we knew before the pandemic, children will do just about anything to get attention. And since secondary attachments to teachers and coaches have become limited, children are looking to their parents to fill their attachment needs. As Rudolf Dreikus said, “Children need attention like a plant needs sun and water.” So, when did we conclude that wanting attention is a bad thing? ....

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  • How To Manage Your Child’s Temperament

    How To Manage Your Child’s Temperament

    Every child is born with their own unique way of interacting with the world. Some are flexible in the midst of change while others may experience stress when presented with new situations or a change in schedule. This is what is referred to as temperament. And while some temperaments are easier to handle then others, it is important for parents to understand temperament traits, such as adaptability. By doing this, we can help children become the best version of themselves in the most effective way possible. Temperament is the way a child reacts to their environment and how they regulate emotions. Psychiatrists Dr. Stella Chess and Dr. Alexander Thomas identified nine dimensions of ....

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  • Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach As back to school plans continue to change almost daily, children’s emotions will remainunpredictable . One day they are thinking about returning to their friends and teachers at school, and the next, they are told they won't be returning for another few months. Because of this, our children'semotional needs have never been greater. And while the uncertainty of everything is still present, what we do know is that we must prepare our children, emotionally, for areturn to school, whenever that may be. For those that return to a brick and mortar school, they may experience some separation anxiety from theirparents. ....

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  • Accepting Responsibility - Teaching Children to Avoid Blame Shifting

    Accepting Responsibility - Teaching Children to Avoid Blame Shifting

    Accepting Responsibility Teaching Children to Avoid Blame Shifting It is becoming more and more apparent that no one is to blame for everything that happens. So, if this is the case, how do we get ourselves in such turmoil if no one is responsible? Although this seems ridiculous, the use of “blame-shifting” has become the go-to way of justifying mistakes. When we have arguments or conflict with others, one of the major contributing factors that play into the inability for solutions to be reached easily is a lack of ownership of behavior. Children must be taught how to accept responsibility for their actions and feelings in any situation to lead a more productive life. ....

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  • Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Three Tips to Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Choosing a martial arts school has always been a guessing game for most parents. Unless they have prior experience, to them, any style is coined “karate” so deciding on the best place is purely a guess. Parents generally look for a school that teaches punching and kicking, emphasizes discipline, and builds confidence. And while many schools are successful in delivering those results, many do so in ways that don’t truly tap into the deeper levels of science and psychology in order to make these benefits long-lasting. Therefore, finding martial arts schools that require certifications, so staff are trained in the most up to date child development strategies, is key in ....

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  • Pandemic Parenting - Understanding Your Child’s Regressive Behaviors

    Pandemic Parenting - Understanding Your Child’s Regressive Behaviors

    Raising a child can be one of the most rewarding jobs around. And while it’s exciting to watch children grow and develop into caring humans, parenting definitely brings about it’s fair share of challenges. Fast forward to 2020 and we are now faced with parenting during a pandemic which presents with even more difficulties. And to make an already stressful situation worse, many children are exhibiting a regression in behaviors that is contributing to parental frustration. Therefore, it’s imperative that parents have support so they can be empathic during this tough time and be attuned to differing behaviors of their children. ....

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  • Summer Brain Gains – Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

    Summer Brain Gains – Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

    For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. And as if it wasn’t detrimental enough in it’s own rights, this year the summer slide has been accelerated by the COVID slide and trauma related to the pandemic. The reality of this is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that children have access to a summer program that fosters brain development while also keeping health and safety top of mind. ....

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  • Maintaining Healthy Development

    Maintaining Healthy Development

    With our country at somewhat of a standstill due to the current pandemic, it’s easy to get into aroutinethat is more laid back. Anything from going to bed late to increased screen time, habits may start leaning on the unhealthy side. And one of the major behaviors that appear when we are in a stressful situation is that we reach for comfort food. And while it may seem as though the current situation will only last for a short time, the long-term effects of our eating habits can have an impact on children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Therefore, it’s essential that parents maintain a healthy lifestyle for their family. In today’s ....

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