Why Kids Hit and What to Do About it

Why Do Kids Hit? Hitting like all behavior is a message–a communication that the child cannot put into words so they put it into action. Whether it’s an unusual occurrence or a frequent one, at all ages, there is an important message. The parent’s job of course is for the child and person being hit…

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Parenting Issues as a Result of Long-Haul COVID-19

Have you been feeling lately like your kids need you more than ever? Are they asking when you and they will get all their vaccinations? Do they question when they’ll go to school all the time and not take quarantines at home anymore? Are they frustrated with online learning? Do they miss their friends –…

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Do You Have a Newborn? Playing is Communicating

If you have a newborn remember that nonverbal play is communicating. Playing includes hugging, skin to skin closeness, eye love, smile gazing, encouraging brief tummy time. We listen to cries and fussing carefully because the baby is speaking to us about what’s on her mind. Yes her mind is alert from day 1. Behavior is…

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  Subscribe           New Book from One of Our Contributors at Upjourney Playing with Baby: Researched-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby from Birth to Year One – by Laurie Hollman A baby hears her mother’s voice in utero, claps her hands a few months later, plays peekaboo over and over…

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Creating a Low Stress Environment for Kids

Children feel stress due to internal causes and external causes. Both need to be taken into account to ensure that their environment minimizes their state of mental or emotional strain or tension that results from adverse or very demanding situations and circumstances. Internal Causes Some children have an anxious temperament. Thus even modest changes and…

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Children Observe Parents Carefully for Signposts About Our World

Children take the business of growing up seriously these days. Faced with the restrictions of COVID resulting in limited social contacts, they may often feel unheard and alone. They hear about vaccinations coming, but they’re hardly first on the list. Neither are their parents. And their grandparents keep waiting for more vaccines to arrive at…

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Let’s Applaud and Love Our Ten-Year-Olds

Recent national events that have been before us unhidden and unbidden for years in our adult lives are now encroaching on our children. Last week they heard words like “siege” and “insurrection” as they heard adults question the longevity of democracy. For more than a year now they have been attentive to the rules surrounding…

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