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Ask Nurturance: Parents tired of parenting advice

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Parents tired of parenting advice

            Dear M, When I read parenting articles it seems like authors don’t pay enough attention to how stretched most families are now. In many families, both parents work and single parents have to work and parent their children at the same time. How can these writers expect people who are stretched to the max themselves and are not being nurtured, to nurture youngsters? Name withheld When I skim the headlines in popular parenting websites and magazines, I can see why parents may feel like experts constantly...

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Supporting teens through huge (invisible) changes

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Supporting teens through huge (invisible) changes

Earlier this week a photo from five years ago popped up on my newsfeed featuring our family of five. Presumably in an effort to conjure up nostalgia, an algorithm at Facebook reminded me of how quickly time flies and how very much my children have changed. I don’t often stop to think the amazing transformation that is taking place right before my eyes until I catch a glimpse of the past and compare it with the present. I still wear the same glasses as I did in that photo, and that shirt is still in my drawer. Yet my children are different...

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Ask Nurturance: Can siblings be friends?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Can siblings be friends?

            Dear Nurturance, My kids constantly seem to be at each other’s throats! Not one day goes by without me having to intervene in their arguments. I get mad. They get mad, and sad, and we all end up not wanting to spend time together. Is there anything I can do to help them get along?  Please help save my sanity! Kelsey Dear Kelsey, As parents, we have all heard our share of complaints from our children about their siblings. Learning to get along is hard work, especially when children feel the need to...

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Sleep Guidelines for Infants

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Recent, Sleep | 2 comments

Sleep Guidelines for Infants

Sleep. Such a loaded word for parents with babies. Sleep is sought after, longed for and treasured beyond previous comprehension. Frustrated parents analyze sleep’s elusiveness as they calculate, connive and cajole their babies to sleep just a little more. The messages new parents receive regarding sleep can be confusing. “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” (How is that ever enough when baby only sleeps five minutes at a time?) “Use the time when baby is sleeping to be an adult and actually get things done while your hands are free.” (Huh?!? My...

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Ask Nurturance: Managing family routines

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Routines | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Managing family routines

            Dear M, I have two kids, ages 4 and 6. I really struggle with being organized and leaving the house peacefully and on time and I feel like I am constantly playing catch-up. Do you have any tips on how to make mornings run smoothly and ideas for managing family routines? I look forward to hearing from you! Exasperated mom of two   Dear mom of two, When my three children were all under the age of five, getting prepared and out the door by a set time seemed to require herculean effort! There were...

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Reading aloud to young children: a how-to guide

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Reading aloud to young children:  a how-to guide

“I take my toddler to story hour at the library as often I can,” a client recently told me.   “The librarian seems to know some kind of magic that makes him pay attention and he really likes it. When I try to read a book to him at home, he wriggles and squirms and we’re both bored and frustrated. He just doesn’t like reading at home and I’m not good at it so I’ve given up and I take him to the library instead.” Does this sound familiar? I encouraged this mom to keep trying to read to her son at home by implementing the simple tricks below....

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Ask Nurturance: Why hire a bilingual nanny?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Why hire a bilingual nanny?

Dear Nurturance, My husband and I are expecting our first child in December.  We would love for her to learn more than one language, but we only speak English and what little we remember of our Spanish classes in high school.  I know that some families hire bilingual nannies to care for their children.  I’d love to learn more about what research says about this practice.   Thanks in advance, Karen Dear Karen, Recent research has shed light on both the benefits of bilingualism for children and the relative advantages of consistent...

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Child Development: the critical importance of the first 5 years

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Child Development: the critical importance of the first 5 years

Traditionally, starting kindergarten at the age of 5 was considered to be the beginning of a child’s formal learning. The years prior to the launching of a child’s educational career were typically thought to consist of free time to play, explore, and discover within the confines of the home under the watchful supervision of stay at home mothers. These days we may consider that model of childhood to be quaint and outdated as more mothers have entered the workforce and children are likely to have experienced some form of institutionalized...

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Ask Nurturance: Why is reading books so important?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Language Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Why is reading books so important?

Dear Nurturance, With all the engaging and enriching activities available for children these days aren’t books a little antiquated? I can think of so many fun and stimulating things for my child to do like play with brain-enhancing apps, watch commercial free, educational shows and animated stories on a private screen and participate in interactive toys and games. Surely these things are much more appropriate in 2016? Why do so many “experts” hold on to the notion that books are the only path to success? A modern parent who is ready to move...

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The Key to Success, Creativity and Happiness

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Play, Recent | 0 comments

The Key to Success, Creativity and Happiness

  Dr. Angela Duckworth is a researcher and professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth’s most recent book, Grit, explores the years of research she conducted on what drives some people to become experts in their particular fields. Duckworth asserts that a combination of passion and perseverance (or grit) are the driving forces behind successful people. People who are truly passionate about what they do and somehow possess the intrinsic motivation and stamina to commit countless hours of practice into...

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