Posts Tagged ‘Perspectives’

Book Review: All Joy and No Fun

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In All Joy and No Fun, The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, author Jennifer Senior takes readers through a history and analysis of how modern parenting has become the paradox that it is today. Rather than asking, as most parenting books do, about what effect parents have on their children,

Kindness to the Earth — This Earth Day and Every Day!

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The theme of reduce, reuse, and recycle has become a part of our collective consciousness, right up there with wi-fi and coffee. We all know about it, we all know it’s a good thing, but how many of us actually put it into practice? Why should we put it into practice? More than just a triad […]

Member Musings: Thoughts on the Family Bed


I may not get the best night’s sleep, yet I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Around the world, the “family bed”, or cosleeping, is more common than it is here in the states. My child is getting older, and so the bed is getting more cramped. Sometimes he is snuggled up on my chest, bringing […]

Don’t Ask Your Child To Apologize

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As a parent educator, I advise parents not to ask their child to apologize when they’ve done something wrong. This surprises many people! Parents, eager to teach their children good social skills, assume this is the way you do that. When a child grabs a toy from his sibling, hits her sister, or kicks your car […]

Please Stand Up

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For the last year or so I have been reading about how terrible it is for your health to sit at a desk all day. Working out for an hour a day cannot undo all the damage to your health and body that sitting all day at a computer causes (see this very disturbing article from the […]

5 Tips for a Tear-Free Child’s Hair Cut

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Your child needs a haircut but you delay making an appointment. Your hesitation is not so much of a time issue as it is one of angst. Often parents dread taking a small child to the hair salon. The crying and tantrums can make the experience miserable for everyone. As a family hair salon owner […]

For the New Year: Creating Your Habit Environment

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Let’s imagine that you’re going to change your diet — you’re going from eating chips, ho-hos, Double Down Chicken Sandwiches and taco “meat” in a Dorito shell, to eating fruits and veggies and beans and nuts and whole grains. Sound easy? But when you’re stressed and tired from a long day of rebranding meetings and […]

String Theory: How Playing The Violin Can Increase Academic Performance

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As a violin teacher specializing in young beginners, I have seen first hand the difference music can make in a child’s life. It is not just a vehicle for expression. Learning to play a musical instrument can increase a child’s attention span and academic performance. Roy P. Martin, researcher for the College Of Education at […]

Give the Gift that Gives Back

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Each holiday season, the retail marketing wheels start spinning and our loved ones create lists to share with inquiring family and friends. Depending on your faith — or your belief in Santa — gifts abound, from everyday home items to the most expensive gadgets on the market. Although watching a child tear open a carefully […]

Simple Changes for the Dinner Table

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I have been striving to create a real conversation about the food we eat in our home and where it comes from. As a full time working mom of three kids, including one with special needs, I know that just getting dinner on the table can be challenging enough. Even so, I have been systematically […]

Placenta for Postpartum Recovery

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When I was pregnant with my second baby, I was lucky enough to have long discussions with my midwives. During one of those conversations, we talked about my postpartum support plans. We discussed my experience during the early days and weeks with my first baby, what I wished had been different and whether I had […]

Defining Success for Your Child

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All devoted parents want to raise their children to be successful. We want to give our kids the best shot at creating a good life for themselves. However, it is important that we understand just how we, as individuals and parents, define success. How do you define success for your child? Perhaps it means achieving […]

How to Raise a Thankful Child

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With Thanksgiving not too far away, ever wonder: What can I do to raise a thankful child? With a little effort, and paying attention to simple habits you may already do, you can see results. Consider this interaction: Christopher’s teacher: “I noticed your son says “thank you” quite often. And he’s sincere as well. Tell […]

Four Tips for Coaching your Child


As parents we may love to be involved in our kid’s lives through coaching. It’s a rewarding experience to watch your son or daughter become a pro from your excellent know-how of the game. However, before you pick up the whistle, you might want to consider these issues that both parent-coaches and children might face […]

5 Tips to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

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Kids grow up faster than any parent ever wants them to. One day they are little bundles of joy in your arms and the next you are packing them off to college. Time goes by so fast, which is why it is important to document their formidable years through photographs. Without any more delay, here […]