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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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Why Your Child Rebels & How To Nurture Their Healthy Will by Lion Goodman & Carista Luminare

Have you ever been dominated and controlled by another person? How did it make you feel? Did you want to push away from them or run away to escape their control?

This is a common feeling that many children have every day — because their parents are insensitive to their needs for independent self-expression. Children are complete human beings, with a full spectrum of human needs: safety and security, love and connection, boundaries and independence.


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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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Gentle Parenting Means Being Gentle with Yourself Too! By Nicola Haslett

Something that is often misunderstood when we talk about Gentle Parenting and Attachment Parenting is that to be a good, gentle parent we need to sacrifice ourselves completely and leave making time for us at the bottom of our never-ending to-do list. But is this true? No! Indeed, it is a trap that I have fallen into many times (and continue to do so sometimes!) but I know and understand now that for me to be the very best parent I can be, I need to find some time to be gentle with myself too.

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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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Is it Mental or Dental?  How our Teeth Can Affect our Health Part 2 by Raymond Silkman, DDS

Why mouth breathing causes weak chins, elongated faces, and dark circles and bags under your eyes. The TMJ and the Lower Jaw. When we look at the skull from the profile view we observe the temporo-mandibular joint, the TMJ. Most joints will go through normal hinge motion, and some of them like the shoulder and hip joint will have a rotational motion that is more complex. However, in these joints, the two bony members stay in contact with one another throughout the motion of the joint.

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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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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed by Michelle Cohen Part 3: If Something Feels Wrong

A good way to assess if there is something out of alignment is to understand that no one out of human form can or will assist without being asked first. So if there is ever any voice or entity that hands you information or tells you things without you having asked first, that is a surefire way to recognize that something is amiss.

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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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Thinking, Responding and Processing Information – How You Can Help the ASD Child By Bill Nason

When in doubt, let the child set the pace! I don’t know how many of you have noticed! Your child has a “processing speed” and “pace” at which he or she will do things. You cannot rush it. Many kids on the spectrum have delayed information processing, and slow responding. We often try and hurry them along, but it never works. They freeze and resist the pressure, which often makes things worse. The harder we push, the stronger they resist. This is because the brain cannot move faster than it processes. It goes into panic, freeze mode, or “fight or flight.”

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The Minecraft Novels that are Helping Kids Deal with Bullying By Danica Davidson

By mixing together a real issue (cyberbullying) with fantasy and action, I hope to keep the readers turning the pages but also have them feel comfortable talking about cyberbullying with parents, teachers and peers afterward. The book talks about how cyberbullying is a real issue and should be taken seriously; it delves a bit into the psychology of why the cyberbullies decided to bully in the first place and what pulls them out of this space…

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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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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed by Michelle Cohen Part 2: How to Handle Fear

These are some things you and your child can do before turning out the lights. Please note that they can also be taught and practiced during the day and then simply reinforced before going to sleep. First and foremost, everybody breathe. Breathe deeply. Breathe to the bottom of your toes and up through your entire body until you really feel yourself INSIDE your body…

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Is It Mental or Dental? How Your Teeth & Cranium Impact Your Looks and Health Part 1 by Raymond Silkman, DDS

Let’s evaluate what happens to our children or adults who have faces that are narrow and long, who have lower jaws that are not developed properly, or who have a profile view showing a very weak chin. What happens when we see jaws so narrow and small that the teeth are crowded and overlapping. What happens when the cranium is underdeveloped in various dimensions and the eyes are not level with one another?

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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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Sleep and the ASD Child by Bill Nason

Difficulty sleeping is a very common problem with children on the spectrum. As many as 50% of children on the spectrum experience some difficulty sleeping. This can be a real problem for both the child and parents getting their needed rest. For the children, who already have fragile nervous systems, lack of sleep will compound any other difficulties (sensory, emotional, behavioral, etc.) they are experiencing…

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Understanding Bullying in the Digital Age by Tisha Marina Bernard

There are new games that young people are playing through technology and sometimes they can be deadly. Students create mean or insulting rumors and spread it to as many people as possible. At the end, the rumor has been embellished and is most likely more cruel than when it started. This is a form of Cyberbullying, which is bullying or harassment online.

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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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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed By Michelle Cohen Part 1 by Michelle Cohen

Is your child afraid of the dark? Michelle Cohen has designed a simple yet effective protocol based on decades of experience working with concerned families whose children suffer from unexplained terrors. Michelle Cohen’s book, Actually, There is Something Under the Bed empowers children and parents alike. Through easy to follow and fun exercises, the family learns together that they have more command than they realized in any creepy circumstance…

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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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Celebrate Your Child’s Uniqueness by Mariaemma Willis

Celebrate the child you have. Don’t be regretful that you didn’t get a different one. Don’t be discouraged because the one you have would be wonderful, if only… Celebrate your child’s skills, accomplishments, and uniqueness. If you don’t celebrate them, neither will he. Infants and toddlers have different temperaments, different skills, and different needs for noise, quiet, warmth, sleep, food, etc. These differences are a child’s marks of distinction…

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Healing ADD: Simple Exercises That Will Change Your Daily Life by Thom Hartmann

Yet people who have a different perception of the world from ours have interesting and often-valuable lessons to teach us. Particularly when we understand our differences, they can help us expand our experience of life in ways that may not otherwise have been available to us. Check out this simple test, and give it to a few friends, family, and your children. The results will open a window to, or tell you more about, or give you a better feel for yourself and those close to you.

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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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How to Say I Love You With Meaning by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

“I love you” are three words all children need to hear often from their parents. Do you want those words to have real meaning to your child? Do you want them to connect one heart to another? Do you want to use these words to develop a level of intimacy in your family that communicates your heartfelt affection for your children? If so, consider strengthening I love you with the following suggestions.

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Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism by Dr. Temple Grandin

Many people with autism are visual thinkers. I think in pictures. I do not think in language. All my thoughts are like videotapes running in my imagination. Pictures are my first language, and words are my second language. Nouns were the easiest words to learn because I could make a picture in my mind of the word. To learn words like “up” or “down,” the teacher should demonstrate them to the child.

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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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THE PARENT COACH: Coaching Empathy To The Self-Centered Child by Dr. Steven Richfield

There is not a perfect guide to parenting or to be a perfect mom. Each mom or parent wants the best for their child. They would like to do their best in making their child’s journey smooth and easy, not realizing that what will make the child strong is whenever he is in a situation/problem, he learns to reason, question and come out with his own solutions.

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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!