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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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How to Best Support the Needs of an Anxious Child

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

How to Best Support the Needs of an Anxious Child

Every Wednesday evening between 5:15 and 5:30, my 13-year-old son becomes “ill”. Sometimes it’s his stomach. Other times it’s a headache and sore throat. Tonight, he had to take his temperature, because he felt like he was having a “hot flash” (his words). My son has a voice lesson on Wednesdays between 5:45 and 6:15. He claims he doesn’t dread these lessons, and every week at 6:17 when he slides into the passenger seat, he is full of good cheer and positive anticipation of the...

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What children need every day

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

What children need every day

            Children need the comfort of predictable routines. Children need fierce love and protection. Children need ordinary tasks and opportunity for free play. Children need to listen to good books and stories on the laps of loved ones. Children need listening ears and responsive interactions. Children need both support and wings to fly! Children need joy and delight! Children need the wonder and beauty of interaction with nature. Children have universal,...

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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...

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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...

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