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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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I am my child’s prefrontal cortex

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

I am my child’s prefrontal cortex

Early on in my parenting days I thought it would be a good idea to create a positive environment by becoming a “Yes” mom instead of a “No” mom.  I decided that when I needed to say no to something, I could turn my words into yes statements, thus playing a semantic game that would help my children hear more positive phrases. It plays out something like this: “Mom, can we have desert?” (meaning: ice cream, cake or chocolate) “Yes!  We have grapes!”  (See what I did there?  No to tasty unhealthy...

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Ask Nurturance: How to stop yelling at your kids

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: How to stop yelling at your kids

            Dear M~ Now that my kids are in elementary school I feel like I’m always yelling at them! Despite my best intentions, our mornings and afternoons have become tense and full of arguments and tension. I am not the mom I want to be and I don’t know how to change it. What can I do to get my kids to listen to me so I can stop having to yell so much? Please help! ~Jess, the yelly mom Dear Jess, You are not alone. Most parents have heard the echo of their own...

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Ask Nurturance: What is the best way to raise children?

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance:  What is the best way to raise children?

Dear Nurturance, I am a soon to be first time mom. We are so excited to welcome a baby into our family in July and I am reading lots of books, magazines and blogs to prepare myself. According to my friends and everything I’ve been reading, I guess I need to choose what kind of parenting style to align myself with, but I am confused. We are leaning towards either attachment, conscious, slow or holistic parenting. Could you please give me some insight on which one is best for a child? Has any...

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Announcing Ask Nurturance: A New Weekly Feature

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Announcing Ask Nurturance:  A New Weekly Feature

One of the most meaningful and interesting consequences of writing for and curating the Nurturance website and Facebook page over the last few months has been thought provoking exchanges with readers. Many of you have reached out with comments and questions that have inspired subsequent posts as well as numerous detailed email exchanges and phone calls. Some of the topics have included: How do I best raise multicultural and multilingual children? How can we implement and maintain routines? Is...

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Benefits of Shared Cultural Capital: What research says about quality time with teenagers

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Benefits of Shared Cultural Capital:  What research says about quality time with teenagers

Do you have high hopes for your children’s future? Do you harbor a desire for them to successfully pursue higher education? What kinds of activities do you engage in with your children or do you have your children participate in in order to help them achieve their goals or the goals you have for them? Do their goals align with yours? Recent research findings from the University of Warwick in England have uncovered a few key factors that influence teenagers’ motivation to increase their...

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