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4 Ways to Relieve Tension and Keep the Peace at Family Holiday Gatherings

The holidays are a time for families to gather and enjoy good times with each other — at least, in theory. In practice, many family gatherings are riven by division, arguments, and painful bickering. Old wounds can easily be reopened, and tensions from years past revived. If you want a happier, more peaceful holiday season, […]

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Teens Tend to Overreact to Criticism from Moms According to Recent Brain Research

Parents of teens seem to find many opportunities to provide what they see as constructive criticism to call attention to such behavior as leaving clothes on the floor, not helping around the house, coming home late, spending too much time on their cell phone and on and on and on. Those of thus who have […]

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How to Survive Traveling with Your Kids This Holiday Season

Simply the idea of traveling with kids over the holiday break can be enough to make you scream, and the reality can be just as painful. Something that is supposed to be fun and exciting can quickly turn into a Griswold family vacation if you’re not careful. Whether you’re traveling with one child or four, […]

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8 Tips for Getting Your Kids Out Into Nature

Between television, the Internet, computer games, and afternoons filled with enrichment activities, kids have more reasons than ever to stay indoors. Richard Louv, author and journalist, hypothesizes in his book Last Child in the Woods (2005) that many modern children suffer from “nature deficit disorder”. He posits that constant separation from nature during developmental years leads […]

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6 Easy Christmas Cards for Kids to Craft

Card-making is a wonderful activity for children during the Christmas season.  It keeps them occupied indoors during bad weather, allows them to explore their creativity and helps them engage with the festive spirit of giving.  Aunts, uncles, grandparents and family friends will be pleased to receive handcrafted cards made especially for them.  Pre-folded blank cards […]

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6 Easy Steps for Resolving Conflict

Relationships are made up of two individuals with different temperaments and personalities.  As a result, disagreements are going to occur.  It’s not a matter of if a problem will arise but how to solve it together. 1. Take a Break There is great wisdom in the stop and “count to 10″ advice.  This time allows […]

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Early Childhood Perceptual Development

In the first years of life, a baby’s changes in behavior are auto-piloted, out of Mom’s control. Watching your baby develop new actions and abilities is only possible through watching her changes in behavior. Nevertheless, these behavioral changes stem from fundamental changes in how your child is able to perceive the world. Understanding the areas […]

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