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Push back against peer pressure

Once considered a hallmark of high school, peer pressure is showing up earlier and earlier. Case in point: Recent research from the University of Maryland found that children can recognize group dynamics and feel pressured by peers as early as age 9.

From Greedy to Grateful

When my 5-year-old firstborn was placed on Santa’s lap and asked what he wanted for Christmas, he looked deep into Santa’s eyes and uttered those words that every parent yearns to hear: “I have all that I need, Santa. I just enjoy seeing you!” I was reassured that my husband and I must be doing something right. The next year, however, something changed. Instead of a similar response, my 6-year-old came equipped with a long wish list to present to St. Nick, all organized in sequence of priority. It wasn’t long after Christmas presents were opened that I found Post-it’s throughout the house with reminders of what he would like for his birthday—which was a full six months away!

Creative Activities to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

When daily course work gives way to summer fun, keeping kids’ brains sharp can be a struggle. While summer bridge workbooks or packets are important and helpful, there are other ways to keep your kids thinking while having fun at the same time. Check out these ideas to get you started!

Nature Baby

It is early April and time to plant our garden, including a special section of the yard set aside just for her. The space has been cleared, the weeds removed and the soil loosened.

Coping with Change

Calling for a Little Peace and Quiet

Ever felt the need for a peaceful retreat if for no other reason than to collect your thoughts? Your kids might need to do the same.

Raising a Confident Child

As technology continues to rapidly shift and evolve, so do the demands of day-to-day interactions with the world and those around us. Social media and cell phones have become a permanent fixture, presenting a unique set of challenges regarding overall confidence levels, especially for our youth. Parenting in this new age is akin to sailing through uncharted waters, but there are some simple foundational rules we can work with to keep our kids on course.

Raising a Child with Cultural Intelligence

Previous generations could live their entire lives surrounded by people who looked like them and believed in the same things they did. Some people still live this way, but most of us regularly encounter others who think and live in ways that are radically different from ourselves.

Seven Steps to Help Your Kids Organize Their Rooms

As your children enter their tween and teen years, it’s natural to give them more privacy and control over their rooms. But what do you do if they are living in chaos? Many children are disorganized and messy, which makes it hard for them to function. By following these steps you can help them get organized and stay that way!

Parenting a Perfectionist

Clothes having to match. Toys arranged in neat rows. Outbursts over not being able to get a task right the first time. These behaviors can indicate to parents that they may have a perfectionist on their hands, for better or worse.
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