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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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  • Nurturing Children’s Social Development During the Pandemic

    Nurturing Children’s Social Development During the Pandemic

    For the past two months, we have been asked to socially distance ourselves from others in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. We’ve put most of our “normal” daily living routines on pause and created a secluded environment for ourselves and our children. And while many things are in a holding pattern, one thing that has not taken a break is children’s development. And yes, we are living in unprecedented times but as the world begins the “re-opening” effort, we must prepare ourselves and our children for what our social lives will look like moving forward. ....

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  • Routines – Shifting Into A New Normal

    Routines – Shifting Into A New Normal

    The recent closures of schools and businesses are widespread and have led to major disruptions in the daily routines of families.Children are trying to adjust to doing school at home and parents are now trying to balance their new work from home life with their role as teacher to their children. To cope, it’s important for families to implement daily routines that incorporate school and work along with family time and hobbies. Humans are creatures of habit and when our everyday lives are disturbed, we become anxious. For children, this anxiety often leads tobehavior problemswhich can createpower strugglesand difficulty completing schoolwork. To help ease these challenges, ....

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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic - Part 2

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic - Part 2

    We are all human and our responses to our current situation vary. Some have hunkered down and sorted through their new reality in a way that has motivated them to complete tasks and put new goals in place. Others have become increasingly overwhelmed and feel like they have no control over their lives at all. It’s important to note, however that there is not a right or wrong way to respond to what we have been presented with. It solely depends on each individual person and how they cope. And as parents are working to navigate their own emotions, they must also help their children manage their feelings. ....

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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic - Part 1

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic - Part 1

    As the pandemic carries on, our coping skills are starting to unravel. For many people, this has become the ultimate emotional test. As we continue to maintain our distance from each other, not only have our social lives been halted, but our emotional support is wavering as well. And while we have been living this reality this for some time, it is not getting any easier. In fact, it is getting a bit harder, especially for children. In order to mitigate this emotional imbalance, it is important to put things into place to help them feel more stable. ....

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  • Non-verbal Communication

    Non-verbal Communication

    Communication is not limited to speaking. Communication includes body language, eye contact, facial expressions, and more. These aspects of communication are referred to as non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication contributes to the way we perceive someone and also the way they perceive us. There are five major parts to non-verbal communication: 1. Posture How we sit or stand says a lot about how interested we are in a conversation. Leaning forward usually means that we are interested. Slouching or leaning another way can suggest boredom. 2. Gestures Hand gestures can help enhance a message and also help translate meaning. Make sure your hand gestures ....

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  • Conflict Resolution

    Conflict Resolution

    Let’s face it, conflict is hard and is bound to happen no matter what ground rules are put into place . Whether it’s on the playground or right in our own homes, children will clash. And while it can create challenging situations, it is a normal event that occurs between children. This is why conflict resolution is an essential life skill for them to learn. In order to help them, though, early instruction is key in making this a standa rd routine during disagreements with others. Often when children are involved in conflict, one of two things happen. Either the parent rushes into save their child or the ....

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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 a routine that 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. ....

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