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Encouraging Words Build Children’s Confidence

Most, if not all parents want to encourage children’s behaviour and achievements. They dream of building confidence and self-esteem...

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Praise: Like Sugar, Should Be Sprinkled, Not Poured

You’ve heard the phrase, “Catch ’em being good.” It’s an important one. Short, sweet and to the point. I’m not sure who coined it, but it’s...

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Respect is a verb – Help children put it into practice.

Helping children learn positive social skills, like the how’s and why’s of actions and reactions, the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable...

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Two Year Olds: In Search of Identity and Independence

I have a battle-weary friend who is living through her two-year-old son’s defiant stage. His behaviour is typical with moods frequently fluctuating..

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Teaching Children to Resolve Conflict Respectfully

At home, child care, or school, children occasionally become embroiled in conflict or a battle of wills with peers or adults, it is inevitable.

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The fundamentals: 5 steps to well-behaved children

Maintaining a positive attitude while guiding children’s behaviour can be a tough job. Keeping key phrases in mind, like, “say what you mean, and...

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20 ways to Encourage Children’s Resoucefulness and Creativity

Resourcefulness, the ability to meet challenges in a variety of ways, is a by-product of creative intelligence. As children develop resourcefulness..

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Curiosity and Wonder: Cue into Children’s Inborn Motivation to Learn

Children are born eager to learn. Curious by nature, you can’t keep them from exploring as they try to comprehend their environment. Everything is...

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Dawdling: Patience, Prompts and Communication Helps Children Move Along

A friend told me that one day she realized she told her child to “hurry up, honey” more often than she told him she loved him. It was a wake up...

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Hitting Children Breaks a Child’s Brain as well as their Heart

The poster’s title grabbed my attention right away. It was so simple and straightforward. In bold it read “12 Alternatives to Smacking Your Child.”

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Disappointment and Dismay: Supporting Children When They Don’t Get What They Want

Despite our best efforts, reality does not always meet children’s expectations. We all hope our children will experience...

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Good sleep and bedtime habits nourish children’s emotional, physical and intellectual health

Study after study reveals that sleep deprivation is epidemic in our young children, but believe me, anyone who has worked daily with children knew...

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IQ is just one measure of smarts

When you hear the word intelligence, the concept of IQ testing may immediately come to mind. Intelligence is often defined as our intellectual...

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The new baby: Prepare children for siblings

Each night two-year-old Nina Elizabeth kisses her mama goodnight. Then she kisses her brother, still in mother's very prominent mid-section.

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Responsive Parenting Nurtures Infants’ Secure Attachments

Secure attachment, the strong emotional bond a baby develops with mum and dad and others in their daily life, blesses a child beyond measure.

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Attachment and Bonding are Important for Pre-schoolers

Attachment and bonding should be reinforced throughout the early childhood years. The strong emotional ties an infant forms with family and...

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Bedwetting: What, why and helpful ways to respond

Bedwetting, or enuresis as the doctors call it, is a very common experience for children, especially those younger than age six years. For some...

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Anger Management: Coaching Children in Self Control

To varying degrees, all children experience angry emotions in childhood. Anger is a basic human response with a variety of root causes...

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