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Ask Nurturance: What are good toys for ages 2 to 4

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Play, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: What are good toys for ages 2 to 4

            Dear M, Do you have any toy recommendations for toddlers and preschoolers? I am tired of the plastic toys and clutter that take up space in my house that is rarely played with. I’d like to give my kids some toy presents this year that they will actually play with and enjoy. Thoughts? From Agnes   Dear Agnes, Oh the clutter of plastic toys! With so many options out there for toy buying, it can seem both overwhelming and discouraging to look for...

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Ask Nurturance: Moving and Resilience

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Moving and Resilience

            Dear M @Nurturance, My husband was recently offered a job in a different state. This would be a wonderful opportunity for him and while I am so proud of him, I worry about our kids who are in fifth and third grade. They really don’t want to move, and I can understand that. My friends keep telling me that kids are resilient and that they will get over it, but I’m not even sure what that means. For me it comes down to this: which is worse? Transferring...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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