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- Connecting Home and School (9/5/2018) - Did you finally get all of the school events in your personal calendar? Have you purchased the last minute supply requests? Often we focus on getting children ready for school to start that we overlook how we can continue to support the school learning while at home. Dare to Excel is a resource, available in … Continue reading Connecting Home and School
- Back To School Communication (8/20/2018) - As children prepare to head back to school, parents are getting ready as well. Buying school supplies, registering their children for activities and arranging for transportation are among the activities on many parents’ to-do list. However, another necessary item for back-to-school planning is open communication, which will ease everyone’s first-day nerves. All children will not … Continue reading Back To School Communication
- Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Temperament (8/6/2018) - Last time I shared a bit about brain development and how I feel that it really helps to answer many of child development’s great questions, but what about all those emotions and feelings that get in the way of what the brain is trying to accomplish? Temperament has fascinated me for more than two decades. … Continue reading Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Temperament
- Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Brain Development (7/30/2018) - When I teach on child development I often say “my two passions are brain development and temperament”. For more than twenty years I have loved sharing with adults how children’s brains physically grow, connect and shape who that child becomes. Take that developing brain and put it alongside the ‘nature AND nurture’ of temperament and … Continue reading Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Brain Development
- Juice Recommendations (7/23/2018) - Apple juice, orange juice, fruit punch, 100% juice, fruit drinks, and on and on. There are countless options for juice, and also countless points of view about how much juice to offer our kids. At Science of Parenting, we strive to share trustworthy and research-based information with you, so we are going straight to the … Continue reading Juice Recommendations
- Responding to Everyday Emotional Reactions in School Age Children (7/16/2018) - You know those moments when your kids have mild negative emotional reactions – like when your school age child whines about doing homework, gets in your face to MAKE you look at something, or has a little attitude about cleaning up a mess? These little emotionally charged moments aren’t a huge dispute, and they don’t … Continue reading Responding to Everyday Emotional Reactions in School Age Children
- Insights on Childhood Trauma with Dr. Carl Weems (7/2/2018) - With the large amount of information regarding childhood trauma in both print and digital media, we at Science of Parenting took a moment to tap into our experts as way to ensure parents had valid and reliable information when it comes to the impacts of trauma and toxic stress on the developing brains of children and … Continue reading Insights on Childhood Trauma with Dr. Carl Weems
- Tough talks about relationships (6/26/2018) - One of the changes we wanted to make with Science of Parenting was the idea of being able to talk to children about tough topics – especially around relationships. At times we struggle just talking to other adults about tough relationship topics (ie. divorce, co-parenting, broken relationships), so might we be able to say that … Continue reading Tough talks about relationships
- Music and Child Development (5/23/2018) - We’ve talked about music in terms of resilience and mental health – but what other benefits can children gain from experiencing music? According the Environmental Rating Scales Institute, children can gain language skills, fine motor skills, social skills, balance and coordination, expressing emotions, creativity, a sense of rhythm, and listening skills through music and movement. … Continue reading Music and Child Development
- Music and Mental Health (5/17/2018) - Last week, I spoke of a lyric in a song that sparked an entire blog post. That idea is the perfect lead into what I wanted to write about this week, as May is Mental Health Awareness Month – music as a tool to help regulate emotions and support mental health. As someone who has … Continue reading Music and Mental Health
- Music and Resilience (5/10/2018) - This morning as I was driving to work, I was listening to the new song, “Youth,” by Shawn Mendes and Khalid. The lyrics spoke about feeling hopeless but not letting pain turn to hate, which really hit me in relation to the last few blogs. The words made me think about experiencing situations that might … Continue reading Music and Resilience
- #GreatChildhoods Starting at Home (5/2/2018) - As we mentioned before, last month was Child Abuse Prevention month, and Science of Parenting is still thinking this important conversation. As you know, as Science of Parenting, we like to talk about research and reality. So that’s how we’ve decide to break this down. RESEARCH The research on abuse- whether physical, sexual, or emotional- … Continue reading #GreatChildhoods Starting at Home