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Helpfulness in an Unhappy World

help • ful • ness    noun the property of being helpful help • ful    adjective the property of providing useful service or assistance According to researchers such as Piaget and Elkind, childhood is a time of extreme ego-centrism. Everyone will agree that self-centeredness seems to rule the mind of 2-year-old children as evidenced by their favorite word: "mine!" The... Keep Reading

Parenting Without Power Struggles

Parenting is hard for a lot of reasons. Other than the obvious - feeding them, bathing them, getting them to school on time, and generally just keeping them alive - establishing the power dynamic between you and your child can be a real challenge. Talking about parent-child power struggles may sound extreme, but this refers to things as small as your school drop-off or your bedtime routine.... Keep Reading

Movement and Breathing Breaks

Getting children moving is an important factor in gearing them up for their greatest potential. Practicing healthy breathing techniques is also a key element in physical, mental and emotional well-being. Both of these practices help with their physical development and emotional regulation. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of activity and deep breathing for your child, as well as strategies... Keep Reading

When Should My Child Start Swimming

Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, get in some exceptional exercise, and have a great time doing it!  There are wonderful benefits to swimming but many parents don't know when to get their children started.  Here are some studies and tips to help you feel prepared to make that decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics for years suggested that children should start learning to... Keep Reading

Skin Care with Children

It's summer time! That means outdoor fun with family and friends and lots of time in the sun.  This is great for quality time with your children but it's important to protect your family's skin from harmful UV rays. Studies have proven that prolonged childhood exposure to the sun increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in their lives.  Here are some key ways in keeping the... Keep Reading