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BOOK EXCERPT: Mothering Our Boys by Maggie Dent Part Two – Some More Interesting Things About Boys

From my own experiences as a teacher, counselor and a mum of four sons, and from research into the literature around boys, I have noted some key differences between boys and girls. I am not talking about ALL boys and ALL girls, but rather a statistically significant number of boys (and the ‘average’ girl).

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Nurturing the Gifts of our Highly Sensitive Children by Nicola Haslett

We live in a beautiful age of transformation and spiritual awakening. Amongst the chaos and disharmony in this world, there are a wave of special children being born to help guide us into a new age; one of peace and harmony. Some call them star children, indigo, crystal or rainbow children.

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Are Your Children Being Deprived? Take the Test by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Some parents give their children designer clothes, foreign trips and a personal TV. Others give them attention and experiences and hold them accountable for their actions. What do your children get? Are you unknowingly depriving your children of important lessons and learnings? Find out here by taking the Deprived Child Test. See how you score.

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10 Easy Ways to Build Connection With Your Child by Sue DeCaro

As humans, we are all programmed for connection. Our children need this in their lives in order to feel acknowledged, appreciated, and valued.  When our children feel disconnected, that is when we may see behaviors that seem undesirable or chaotic. Here are 10 ways to connect with your children.

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How to Find the Perfect Nanny Part 2 – Search for Your Perfect Nanny by Nicola Magrath

Ready to begin your nanny search and have no idea where to begin? No worries. We are going to share information about the different methods of finding the perfect fit for your family. There are many different options when searching for a new nanny; you can search by yourself using search sites, hire an agency, use word of mouth or social media platforms such as Facebook.

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My Favorite Holiday Recipe: How to Cook Up More Joy and Stir Up Less Stress by Annmarie Chereso

It’s 5:10am and I lie in bed with the familiar butterflies of anxiety rumbling in my abdomen. I have a regular morning meditation practice, which typically starts my day, but today the anxiety is particularly high. I begin to negotiate with my mind and all the thoughts swirling around and I notice my patterns rise up. The to-do list is growing as is my stress.

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8 Self-Care Tips for Parents Who Have No Time for Self-Care by Renee Jain

Many of the parents in the GoZen! community have children experiencing anxiety, and they feel they don’t have a moment to take care of their own needs. If this is how you feel, try one of these 8 tips to start taking care of yourself again:

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Motherhood Guilt – It’s Okay to F**k Up by Nicolas Haslett

Six. That’s how many times I’ve attempted writing this article on guilt. Why? Because each time I read back what I’d written I just couldn’t connect with my words emotionally. I was talking as a therapist writing an article, not as a mother baring her soul. So now, this is me talking with you; mother to mother about the one thing we never like to admit too often: how hard it can be and how often we f**k up!

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10 Ways to Parent Without Screwing Up Your Kids by Nick Seneca Jankel

Smelly diapers, sleepless nights, helping with homework, tackling meltdowns, wiping Nutella off every surface and giving cuddles whenever requested are just some of the joys of parenting. It’s possibly the greatest catalyst for personal growth that money cannot buy. It easy to want to tear your hair out and yell at your kids for their messy rooms when they are arguing over the iPad, but it can be avoided. With two kids under the age of five, I developed 10 golden rules for keeping peace in our home and love in our hearts.

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Instilling an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long by April Tucker

Instilling an attitude of gratitude is more than honoring one day of the year or simply minding our P’s and Q’s – it’s embracing a deeper level of endearing kindness toward ourselves and others.  Children, especially the younger ones, are innately self-centered so the concept of gratitude can be hard to grasp.  As parents, it is important to set the example and foundation for your child to understand why she is being asked to be kind, helpful, and gracious for gratitude to become second nature and come from a place of true authenticity.

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Parents Coaching Skills – A Life-Changing and Innovative Technique to Add Value by Dr. Caron Goode

They say a good teacher is a life-long learner. Learning adds value to what you do. As a counselor, a teacher, a nurturer, or a social worker, you need to look for new challenges that can help you broaden your knowledge and expand your skill set. You should go for options that help you add to not just the professional but also moral and social values. Learning parents coaching skills offers one such rewarding experience.

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Lessons from a Preschooler by Dr. Allan Hunter

I ’ve noticed that the concept of a toy is a very broad one – and one that can tell us a few things if we are alert. Little Zoe (4) has always chosen her toys based on her imagination. Yes, the cardboard box is often more enthralling than what’s in it, and that’s always been true for her. But better yet is the way she doesn’t buy into the idea of what is “special.”

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Mothering Our Boys by Maggie Dent – A Guide for Mums of Sons

Boys are not tough, especially little ones. One of the most significant stereotypes that needs to be challenged is that little boys are in some way stronger and tougher than little girls. We need to also challenge the stereotype that says that little boys need to start practising how to be tough and how to freeze their emotions early in life in order to become a ‘real’ man.

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How to Find the Perfect Nanny by Nicola Magrath

Whether you’re first time parents or seasoned nanny employers, finding the perfect nanny for your family can be extremely time consuming and often times challenging leaving parents fatigued and settling on someone who “seems good enough.” We are going to share a list of 10 questions to ask yourself and answer before beginning any nanny search.

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Lessons from a Preschooler by Dr. Allan Hunter

There’s a little of Zoe and Ellie in all of us. There’s the big picture idea and then there are the details that seem to make it impossible. That day I learned that beautiful, generous gestures sometimes get lost in the details. The trick is to make sure those big ideas don’t get sunk. We need both ways of seeing.

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The IP Interview. Why the Last 20 Minutes of the Day Matter with Andrew Newman

Judy Julin meets Andrew Newman, author, lecturer, and founder of the Conscious Bedtime Story Club to talk about why the last 20 minutes of your child’s day matters.

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What Happens When You Don’t Have All The Answers by Jolette Jai

It was the end of a perfect afternoon.  My five-year-old son and I had just spent the day hiking in nature, eating picnics, riding scooters, and now we were back at home drawing. He wanted to draw the entire alphabet, from A to Z.  So he does, concentrating hard on each letter as he forms it.  Then, he finally arrives at ‘Z’ and his face gets all twisted, trying to remember how to write a ‘Z.’

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The Heart of the Matter – Feely the Bug by Sandra Fay Hoover

Growing up in Birchwood Forest was not easy and Feely didn’t always believe in Love. He felt no one listened to him and his family called him a pest. Well, I know exactly how Feely feels. I’ve felt that way too. And yes, he may be a bug but young Feely was not a pest. He just wasn’t content with crawling through life. He wanted more. He wanted to fly!

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The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children and Teenagers by Nick Ortner

Picture Jenny, a 5th grader who is standing at the front of the class about to read her writing assignment aloud. As she looks down at the page, then up at the faces of her classmates, time slows. Her heartbeat grows louder and faster. She’s nervous, very nervous, and more than anything, she wants to escape.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Making Messes and Memories by April Tucker, MA, MBA

Peanut butter, Golden Grahams cereal, water, egg, hot chocolate and a Holly Hobby oven was all I needed to bake my dad a special homemade chocolate cake.  I was nine-years-old at the time and remember how kind my dad was as he choked down a heaping spoonful of the half-baked nearly inedible and visually undesirable concoction with a smile.

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The Dalai Mama Chronicles by Wendy Silver

Welcome to the Dalai Mama Chronicles, a monthly column for you—a modern day, soulful, awakening and awakened mystical mom and changemaker—committed to parenting consciously and creating a life of inner peace, purpose, and prosperity. We’re going to get real and unfiltered about what it takes to be both the best mama you can be and an effective changemaker in these turbulent times.

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The Truth Beneath Punishments: Parenting Yourself First by Jolette Jai

A few years ago, I was visiting a preschool. The children had just come off the playground and were getting ready to form a circle in their main playroom.  They were going to share about their different experiences playing outside. Voices rising, bodies squirming with excitement, the room was abuzz as they shuffled around to form a big circle with their chairs.  Even though they were told to calm down and be quiet, a young girl with big brown eyes almost toppled the edge of her chair, bursting to share her story.

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Combating the Rising Tide of Teen Violence and Suicide by Nael Chavez

To anyone mourning the recent deaths of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, I send my deepest condolences. It is tragic that anyone commits suicide. I must add here, dear parents, that the #1 cause of death in teens and children is suicide. The Center for Disease Control states that as a whole, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA, and still increasing. Again, I repeat, the #1 cause of death in teens and children in the USA is suicide.

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Co-Parenting: What I Want Vs. Reality by Niki Billingslea

Although my son’s father and I decided not to be a traditional nuclear family, I wanted us to get along. It was not long before I realized that what I want and what he wanted were two entirely different perceptions of reality. Despite the clashes in our outlooks, I held onto the vision of adults committed to providing the best examples of what it means to be human in the world.

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Planning our Children’s Lives – Is it Helping or Hurting? by Bela Kotwani

In a bustling city like Mumbai, parents juggle tasks to manage their professional and personal lives.  When children are added to the mix, parents face unique logistical challenges from day to day. Running a ‘tight ship’ allows parents to meet their responsibilities and maintain control.

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Lessons from a Preschooler By Dr. Allan Hunter

Take time to let me see things. If I’m walking along and I get distracted by a pebble or a bottle cap it’s because I haven’t seen many of them, and they’re fascinating. I want to stop and look. Every flower is an adventure for me. So don’t hurry me along or drag me away. Don’t you want me to notice things? When I get ready in the morning, please allow me some time. I can put on my own shoes. I can get into my own jacket, most of the time. If you rush me; if you insist on doing it for me because it takes too long for me to do it on my own, what are you teaching me? That I can’t do things?

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Emotional Intelligence – a Key Factor in Your Child’s Future Health, Wealth, Happiness & Success By Sandie Sedgbeer

There’s no denying that academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities are central components in a child’s upbringing. But as the new field of neuroscience is showing us, it’s the social and emotional aspects of learning—their Emotional Intelligence (EQ)—that determine a child’s happiness, health, security and future success in life far more than their physical prowess, educational accomplishments or their IQ.


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Are Your Children Being Deprived? Take the Test by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Some parents give their children designer clothes, foreign trips and a personal TV. Others give them attention and experiences and hold them accountable for their actions. What do your children get? Are you unknowingly depriving your children of important lessons and learnings? Find out here by taking the Deprived Child Test. See how you score.

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Bullying: A Different Perspective & How We Can Be a Part of the Solution  by Tisha Marina Bernard

The most common current definition of bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It appears to me that we now have a definition for something that has existed for ages; we just have a name, an age group and a box to put it in. It is a behavior that is modeled by people of all ages; yet, the emphasis seems to be on the young. What about everybody else? 

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7 Steps to Teach Children to Manage Stress by Dr. Caron B. Goode

Traditionally, childhood is a time of carefree summers spent with best friends, trips to amusement parks and Saturday matinees at the movies. But for many children, it’s also a time of great stress. In fact, stress—those overwhelming feelings of doubt about ourselves or our ability to handle things—is as common in children as adults.

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Why You Should Stop Saying ‘Do What You’re Told!’ by Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Do you want to be told what to do? I haven’t found a single person who likes it. Whether you’re 4 or 40, it’s generally not a favorite. I know you still need your kids to follow directions, I really do. But the old ways of getting kids to do what they’re told are rooted in fear and shame: demand, command, spank, yell, use time-out, take away privileges and impose other consequences.

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The IP Interview: Dr. Orpelli on NAET – An Effective Solution for Children with Allergies

IP publisher Judy Julin talks with Dr. Aaron Orpelli about integrative health and his holistic perspectives on allergies amongst our youth and families.

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5 Tips for Getting Along with Your Ex by Adriana Sorgi

Dear Single Mom,

You might never have the perfect relationship with your ex, but one thing you can have is peace of mind. If you think your sanity depends on your ex’s behavior, let me tell you, you are NOT at the mercy of your ex. He doesn’t own your power, you DO and it’s up to you to NOT give it away to him. These are my top 5 tips to set you free:

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5 Claves Para Tener Una Buena Relación Con Tu Ex-Marido by Adriana Sorgi

Querida madre soltera,

Quizá nunca vas a tener una relación perfecta con tu ex, pero lo que si puedes tener es paz interior. Si crees que tu salud mental depende del comportamiento de tu ex, déjame decirte que NO. El no es dueño de tus decisiones, tu poder interior es solo tuyo. Depende de ti en dárselo a el o en aprender a tomar responsabilidad por la relación que tienes con el.

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Stop Shoulding on Your Children by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

It’s usually possible to make a strong case that your child should have done something—or done something different—in a particular situation. So what? There is no point in laying blame for what “should have” been done but wasn’t. The useful question is not whether the “right” thing was done, but what action is appropriate given the current situation. A “should have” statement is a phrase designed to dispense guilt. It is an effort to attach shame and fix blame.

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Empowered Mothers Raise Empowered Children Who Can Change the World by Nicola Haslett

I believe that when we become mothers something absolutely magical happens. We awaken deep inside of ourselves a spectacular source of wisdom and Divine knowledge that can guide us through the journey of motherhood. I sense this energy in my womb; the place within me that nurtured my child and gave him life. The power I already held within me grew and developed throughout the nine months of pregnancy, just as his tiny body did before being ready to enter this world. Motherhood is a powerful rite of passage that cannot be denied.

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10 Ways to Parent Without Screwing Up Your Kid by Nick Seneca Jankel

Smelly diapers, sleepless nights, helping with homework, tackling meltdowns, wiping Nutella off every surface and giving cuddles whenever requested are just some of the joys of parenting. It’s possibly the greatest catalyst for personal growth that money cannot buy. It’s easy to want to tear your hair out and yell at your kids for their messy rooms when they are arguing over the iPad, but it can be avoided. With two kids under the age of five, I developed 12 golden rules for keeping peace in our home and love in our hearts.

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3 Tips to Develop Your Child’s Character by Rakesh Kotwani 

As a parent you already know that academics and extra-curricular activities are necessary for the development of the child. However, in this rush for academic excellence, you often tend to give less importance towards the mental health of your child and that’s where social and emotional learning comes in.

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Creativity, Inspired Parenting & the Movie Mayday by Tann Moore

MayDay is the story of May Stone, an unapologetic and confident comedienne on the rise. May has slayed audiences all over the country and is standing at the portal of the next level when her life takes an unexpected turn. Jay Scott shows up on her doorstep with a suitcase and unanswered questions that begin to unearth the life she thought she had left behind. This movie, at its core, is about inspired parenting.

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Don’t Shout! Your Child Might be Kinesthetic by Mary English

I saw a lovely young man in my consulting rooms yesterday. He’s a fine Dad and looks after his three children really well, but he was struggling a little with his oldest child. He said he has to shout at her to get her to ‘do’ anything and was feeling bad that this was happening… I’ve heard this SO many times in my practice that today I thought I’d write a short article to help other Dads, Mums, Moms….Carers, Grandparents and Nannies understand why shouting really doesn’t work with certain children.

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The Comedy of Parenting by Sarah MacLaughlin

Long before we became parents (or even started dating for that matter) my partner and I prepared for parenthood. This took many forms, of course. One example is that I took some Early Childhood Education classes. My husband, Rich, took several workshops in stand-up comedy. If you think my skills outweigh his, you’d be wrong. I’ve got the theory part down. But he just kills it with his execution.

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Strategies for Communicating Effectively With A Child That’s Being Bullied By Tisha Marina Bernard

Rosie always had a great relationship with her daughter Sasha. They were always the best of friends and were now even closer as Sasha entered her teen-age years. They hung out together, laughed together, and had great communication. Sasha knew she could talk to her mother about anything and did. One day Rosie received a phone call from Sasha’s school saying that Sasha had been in a fight.

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To Change Your Child, First Change Yourself by Adriana Sorgi

It is never too late to be a better parent. The best gift you can give your children is to do your inner work, to release the patterns that haven’t worked up until now and take a different direction—a direction more productive and more conducive to creating harmony with the whole family. You can always course-correct from what has happened in the past by creating a healthier dynamic that contributes to the happiness of your whole family. Remember that your children learn by example. If you want to see a change in them, you must be that change, and you can start today.

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El Cambio Que Buscas en tus Hijos Empieza Por Ti by Adriana Sorgi

Nunca es demasiado tarde para ser un mejor padre de familia. El mejor regalo que le puedes dar a tus hijos es el de mirarte a ti mismo, crecer espiritualmente y cambiar la dinámica que hasta ahora no ha funcionado con ellos. Tomar una dirección mas positiva que conduce a una relación mas favorable entre tu y ellos es posible. Siempre puedes corregir lo que has hecho en el pasado. Hoy mismo puedes crear una dinámica mas sana que contribuya a la felicidad y la paz del hogar.

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Can I Have a Little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Please? By Brenna Smith

How many times have we said to ourselves as parents and caregivers, “I wish my child would be more respectful to me.”  It’s natural to want to have our children behave respectfully towards us. In fact, in many indigenous cultures, respecting the elders is a part of the foundation and way of being. But in today’s fast paced, stress induced society, its not always easy to live from these deeper values…

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Collaborative Parenting: Raising a Star in a Square Box System by Michael McNeill and Angela Catenaro McNeill

As the school year progressed, Elliot worked with an Occupational Therapist at home to improve his fine motor skills and executive skills, including organization. Though we saw some gains, there was little improvement in his organizational skills, and he still needed consistent cues and reminders…

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Milo the Magical Fish by Kathleen Jacoby

When Milo was small he had a way of shimmering in the sea as the waves would splash above his head. This attracted bigger fish to him, and often they would try to sneak up behind to eat him. But something about Milo was different than other fish…

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You Are an Expert on Your Own Child by Ipek Wellington

It’s the first day of school and I’m sitting in my son’s classroom with him. It’s my choice to be here with him today, so I can support his transition into his new class. Our son perseveres with Cerebral Palsy and Hearing Loss. He attends school in his wheelchair, and wears hearing aids. He is in a regular classroom, and is supported by an assistant. I’m here so I can inform his new teacher and assistant about the best ways they can support him in class…

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Healing After Childbirth with Homeopathy by Mary English

Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of medicine that helps the body’s own efforts to heal itself by dosing it with minute ‘potentised’ quantities of a plant, mineral or animal by product capable in their undiluted state of creating similar symptoms to those presented by the patient…

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Insights to Incite: A Millennial’s Perspective on Modern Society—The Three “Isms” of the Free Market by Reese Haller

This argument for deregulation of the market is useful as an anecdote, as it is a condensed expression of the ideas that support American economic ideology in our society today. I will elaborate on this argument for free market capitalism and then break this argument down into the three detrimental “isms” to show that our society must reject the free market in order to truly be free of division, domination, and oppression…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Lying by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Jason Roberts listened to his son’s explanation of the missing cookies and then called him a liar. Brenda Taylor thought her three-year-old’s lies were cute, so she ignored them. Yee Chen told her daughter that if she told the truth this time, she would let it go. While all of these parents love their children and want them to develop truth telling as a virtue, each violated one of the eighteen do’s and don’ts of dealing with lying…

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Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Health by Dr. Caron B. Goode

How can you influence your child’s emotional health in a positive way and minimize those emotions known to affect mental and physical health adversely? The following facts go against some of our preconceived notions of child rearing. Yet they certainly demonstrate ways in which emotions influence children…

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Collaborative Parenting: Picking Your Battles with Michael McNeill and Angela Catenaro McNeill

Mike’s perspective: One sunny day in July of 2013, while driving home with my oldest son from his weekly guitar lesson, we were having a discussion about his need to practice throughout the week. Elliot was two months into his six-month prepaid lessons. During our back and forth banter, I said to Elliot if he didn`t practice he would lose his time on electronic devices. His response was that he did not want to take guitar lessons any more. I felt the anger rise in my throat. I took a breath…

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Could These Nutritional Supplements be a Cure for Autism, ADD & ADHD? by Margaret Seleme

I recently read the article “Researchers at Harvard Reveal 10 Toxins that are Causing ADHD, Autism” in which two doctors—Dr. Phillipe Grandjean, researcher at Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Landrigan, of New York’s Mount Sinai—explain how they believe ten toxins are the causes of illnesses such as ADD, ADHD and Autism. The researchers say that neurotoxins “contribute to a ‘silent pandemic’ of neurobehavioral deficits that is eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, and damaging societies.”…

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Emily the Elephant by Kathleen Jacoby

Emily the Elephant had been wiggly from the time she was born. She loved to wave her trunk in all sorts of ways…flowing motions, jerky motions, whatever way she felt in the moment. She would hum as she meandered along paths, knocking things off trees, breaking branches, swatting her friends by mistake, and generally causing problems with her uncontrolled behavior…

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Responsibility: The 7 Pencils Lesson by Chick Moorman

At a recent parent/teacher conference, I learned that Austin, my grandson, had several school assignments that were unaccounted for. Reasons Austin gave for the missing assignments included: “It’s in my locker.” “I know I did it. I don’t know what happened to it. I remember doing it.” “My teammate must not have turned it in.” “I didn’t know we were supposed to turn that in.” “I didn’t have a pencil. No one would loan me one.”

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Understanding the Sensitive Child by Ann Callaghan

Does your child sometimes have a meltdown for no apparent reason?
Does your child go from normal to full-on rage in seconds? Does your child sometimes refuse point blank to do something or go somewhere?If so, your child could be a sensitive. By now we’re all familiar with the notion that children can be sensitive to things like food, electromagnetic frequencies and certain intense environments such as shopping malls and birthday parties. We know that exposure to these things can cause changes in a child’s behaviour…

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Insights to Incite: A Millennial’s perspective on modern society by Reese Haller

A few days ago I watched a Fox News interview about the new California law that would allow transgendered children to decide which locker room fits them best. In opposition to the law, conservative contributor Dana Loesch scoffed: “When I was eight, I wanted to be a flower.” Embedded in this statement is a gross misconception about the capacity of children to comprehend their own thoughts and feelings as well as navigate a gendered society.

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A Child Gives Birth to a Mother by Bela Kotwani

Despite our best intentions, some children develop such self-centered perspectives of life that parents can be heard exclaiming, “The world does not revolve around you!” Even more puzzling for parents is that typically such children are keenly sensitive to their own feelings being hurt but display a remarkable insensitivity to the feelings of others.

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Princess Platypus and the Vagabond Turtles by Kathleen Jacoby

Princess Platypus is a pure delight.
She sits on a log and reads sonnets at night.
She is young and rambunctious from the clan known as Django
Her father, a builder, makes dams at an angle
That are tight and just right.
A beaver’s delight!