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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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Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Recent, Routines, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Why do child development experts keep proclaiming that routines are so terribly important? How can it possibly matter what time mealtimes and bedtimes occur? Can a family’s habits make a difference in important outcomes for children? The answer is, yes. Research shows that predictable, stable routines matter, a lot. In the immediate context for children, routines are important because they provide a rhythm to the day and ensure that children are getting the attention, nutrition and rest that...

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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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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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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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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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