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Cultivating Empathy in Your Child

Posted by Karla Belzer - Parenting

View infographic here . Parents have many resources when it comes to developing, growing, nurturing, and cultivating empathy in their children. Empathy is the foun...

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Ouch! Biting!

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

For most children, biting is usually short-lived and does not become a habit. Nevertheless, it is usually a big deal for everyone - the child bitten, the adults present, and the parents. (If you have ever been bitten, you know that it HURTS!)  Continued biting is one of the reasons that children get asked to leave day care.  (That was a nice way of saying they got kicked out!) Child...

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Taming Temper Tantrums

Posted by Cheri Burcham - Parenting

  Most parents have been in that uncomfortable position where their child is having a major mel...

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Does your family have a disaster plan?

Does your family have a disaster plan?   It's tornado season here in the Midwest! No matter the age, we need to discuss with our families what we should do in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. I was about seven or eight the first time I remember having to take cover in our basement because of a tornado. When the sirens went off my mom told my brother and me to grab o...

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Marvelous Melodies! How Music Impacts Learning!


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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

When parents possess six protective factors, the risk for abuse and neglect diminish.  These factors are: Nurturing and attachment Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development Parental resilience Social connections Concrete supports for parents Social and emotional developmental well-being Everyone'...

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Week of the Young Child 2016: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to shed light on the needs of young children (birth through age 8) and their families.  In support, the Family Files blog articles for April will focus on issues regarding young children.  We know more and more about the importance of children's earlies...

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