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The Best (and Most Important) Things in Life are Free

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

The Best (and Most Important) Things in Life are Free

“Kids are expensive!” parents are told. And they are. But really, the most important things parents ever give their children – the things that truly last – are, for the most part, FREE. Parents have been conditioned through a lifetime of schooling followed by years of striving for professional achievement to equate success with effort, measureable outcomes and money. Given this perspective and background, it is not at all surprising that adults approach becoming parents within the same...

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Mem Fox: An Author For All Children

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Mem Fox: An Author For All Children

Earlier this month, I found myself rifling through my bookshelves looking for multicultural picture books related to share with children. An unrepentant collector of books, I had plenty to choose from. As I pulled various books from the shelves, I was flooded with memories of sharing them with children over the years. As I read over titles, some evoked recollections of beautiful illustrations, while others brought back the emotions I felt from the character descriptions and vivid story lines....

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To the mom who no longer feels needed

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

To the mom who no longer feels needed

Dear mom, Remember those days… the days when you were largely responsible for everything regarding your children. You monitored every input that went into their little bodies and minds. You knew what they ate and when they pooped. You oversaw what they wore, their level of cleanliness, and their interactions with other people. You recognized what toys they played with, who their playmates were and how their interests developed. You knew the songs they sang, what books they read and you...

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Do Parents Matter As Much As They They Think They Do?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Do Parents Matter As Much As They They Think They Do?

Robert and Sarah Levine are a husband and wife team of anthropologist-researchers who have spent their lives studying parenting practices across four continents for nearly 50 years. Their new book, written for parents rather than for fellow academics, is provocatively entitled, Do Parents Matter? The book synthesizes decades of research on child rearing practices all over the world. Each chapter covers a topic related to childcare and the expectations of children’s learning and development...

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My Favorite Parenting Book

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

My Favorite Parenting Book

            I believe the author CS Lewis was correct when he said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” I enjoy a great many books written for children and I often find myself identifying with the adults in children’s books, finding inspiration in some characters while hoping to avoid the characteristics of others. Consider this poem by Roald Dahl providing insight into the...

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