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Nighttime Parenting

Fostering Healthful Sleep by Stephanie Dodd According to the American Psychological Association, up to 70 percent of children experience sleep disturbances that affect their emotional and physical well-being. Parents frequently awakened by a child’s interrupted slumber typically are torn between the need to care for their own health and that …

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Keep Decay Away: Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry

Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry by Linda Sechrist According to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children …

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The Wild and Wooly Teen Brain

What Kids Need [from Us] to Grow Wise by April Thompson Peer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations. Respect …

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The Sensitive Child

How to Nurture Special Gifts by Maureen Healy “It is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety.” ~ Elaine Aron Highly sensitive children need extra care and feeding so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a …

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Growing Up Empowered

Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig The plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits …

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Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen Envision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they …

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A Greener Shade of Youth

New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic Baby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that roughly 76 percent …

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Generous Pint-Sized Givers

Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson Among parents’ greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as …

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Early Puberty

The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes 21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers. Many American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age …

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Enlightened Parenting

Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery Fueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children. Establishing Values Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that children learn what we model as important values. …

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