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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...

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Ask Nurturance: Consistency between homes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance:  Consistency between homes

            Dear Nurturance, My wife and I have a blended family of four children. We share custody of my sons with my ex, whose parenting style is quite loose while we have a more strict approach. How do you keep continuity of expectations when you have kids bouncing between two households with parents who have such different views on parenting and parenting guidelines? Please advise. Best, Bob   Dear Bob, Communication is crucial in any parenting situation....

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Ask Nurturance: Sassy Seven-year-old

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Sassy Seven-year-old

            Dear M, My 7-year-old daughter has recently begun speaking to me in a manner that can only be described as sassy. She talks back, uses a defiant tone and complains and rolls her eyes as though she were a teenager. I was completely unprepared for this kind of behavior at this age and I am at a loss for what to do. Is this normal for a 7 year old? What can I do to get my sweet little girl back? Looking for help, Patricia   Dear Patricia,...

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Ask Nurturance: Politics and children

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Politics and children

            Dear Nurturance, My kids watched part of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday night (I know, they were up WAY past their bedtimes!). I am upset by what we saw and heard and I truly don’t know how to explain his rhetoric and the people who support and cheer for him to my kids. I know I need to talk to my kids about him, his speech and the upcoming election, but how? I look forward to hearing your answer! Sincerely, Nancy   Dear Nancy, One of...

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Ask Nurturance: Family in transition

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Family in transition

            Dear M, My husband and I have two little girls ages 3 and 10 months. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we find ourselves in limbo over the next few months. We will be travelling to 3 or 4 different towns and will be staying with friends and family before we settle in our new home overseas. What advice can you give us on how to make this a good experience for our kids and our gracious hosts? Thanks in advance, Rachel Dear Rachel, You are facing many...

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Ask Nurturance: Fostering Imagination

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Play, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Fostering Imagination

            Dear Nurturance, My daughter is 6 months old. I am an artist who has not spent any time around children since I was a child myself. I’d like to know what I can do as a parent to stimulate my daughter’s imagination.  Thanks in advance, Marcy   Dear Marcy, First of all, I’d say: trust yourself and your instincts. In order for imagination to flourish, children need to feel safe and supported. As you probably know, being creative requires confidence and...

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