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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 [...]

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Lessons from a Preschooler: Time by 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. [...]

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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 [...]

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

As humans, we are hard-wired for connectedness and have a natural instinct to want to experience both being respected and also being respectful. It’s a dynamic flow- a certain way of being that allows us to be heard and seen within our respective circles of life be it relationship, work, family, and community. Respect is [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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PREVIEW: What Your Children Can Teach You – If You Let Them Part 2 By Dr Allan Hunter

Lessons our children can teach us – if we pay attention. In Part 1 I suggested that young children of five or less, most of whom are in the Innocent archetype - can teach us important lessons about love, forgiveness and being fully present. They certainly can teach us other things, too, especially about creativity. [...]

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