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January 01, 2015

Fast Friends

Tips for helping kids make healthy friendships

Navigating the waters of childhood friendships can be surprisingly difficult for parents. How do help your kids learn how to make friends? What if your child has a friend you don't like? Should you intervene when a friend mistreats your child or let him resolve the situation on his own? "How to be a good friend is not a skill that we are all born with," says Dr....more»
January 01, 2015
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Going Overboard

What kids lose with parents who help too much By Jennifer Garcia

From elementary school science projects to college applications, kids look to their parents for guidance. But at what point is our help no longer helpful? The boundary isn't always clear and a parent's good intentions to provide assistance can backfire when kids don't learn to take ownership of their own work....more»
January 01, 2015

Research to Real World

What Good is an Imaginary Friend?

Would you be surprised to find out that nearly two-thirds of children report having an imaginary companion during their childhood? Some friends are invisible while others are personified in an object like a doll or stuffed animal....more»
January 01, 2015

The Breakfast Filibuster

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Most weekdays I eat breakfast with my kids. But during the week, I'm rushed at breakfast time. This block of time is not only reserved for eating, but also for putting the finishing touches on school lunches, reminding kids to brush their teeth, rounding up books, coats, shoes, signing assignment notebooks and helping to finish the last few "forgotten" math homework problems....more»
December 01, 2014

No Rescue Parenting

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

They sit there on the counter…the math assignment, the library book that's due today, the worksheet she worked so hard on the night before…forgotten, left behind as she ran out the door to catch the bus....more»
December 01, 2014

Do Babies Remember?

Research to Real World

How many memories do you have from your infancy? Do you remember sitting up for the first time, which stories your mom and dad read or digging into your first birthday cake? Probably not....more»
December 01, 2014

New Holiday Traditions

Fun activities to start with your family this year!

Ask a child what presents he received last December and he's probably forgotten – what kids do remember are the special holiday traditions their family does every year....more»
November 01, 2014

Politician in Training

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Daughter: "Sign this so I can be on my school's student council." Me: "Oh, ok. You don't have to have an election or anything, you're just on it?" Daughter: "There's an election, but I'm going to win!" Actually, everyone in the class was running for third grade student council (except for the five or six math club kids that couldn't run because it conflicted with their meetings)....more»
November 01, 2014

Research to Real World

Maximizing the Benefits of Reading Together

We have all heard by now that parent-child book reading starting in infancy has benefits for vocabulary development, early literacy and socio-emotional development....more»
November 01, 2014

What is an Open Adoption?

Understanding the differences in adoptive relationships

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there are over 150,000 children in the United States awaiting adoption, and an additional 500,000 in foster care....more»
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