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- Don’t Bully, Be Friendly (9/11/2019) - The first few weeks of school have come and gone, and you may have had conversations about the classmates your children have interacted with whether playing at recess, sharing the lunch table or perhaps in reading circles. As your children spend more time away from home, they will engage with children who may or may … Continue reading Don’t Bully, Be Friendly
- When is it Bullying? (9/4/2019) - As the school year begins, I am reminded that children may experience classmates who use bullying tactics to get what they want or need in the school setting. These situations may cause your child to feel upset and you might not even know why. According to information shared on StopBullying.gov there are two types of … Continue reading When is it Bullying?
- Ten Tips for Easing into a New School Setting (8/28/2019) - Guest blogger and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life, Cheryl Clark, shares insight about facing a new school setting. The first day of school is fast approaching and many families may be facing a transition to a new school. Careful preparation for beginning at a new building or a … Continue reading Ten Tips for Easing into a New School Setting
- Words Have Power – Even on the Second Try (8/21/2019) - We’ve been talking an awful lot about WORDS lately on the blog. We looked at a post from a mom who wished she had used her words differently. We’ve agreed to stop using the words “good” and “bad” to define our parenting. Over the last little while, we’ve been taking a look at four words … Continue reading Words Have Power – Even on the Second Try
- Can I Have Your Attention, Please? (8/14/2019) - We’ve been looking at different ways to reflect on our parenting over our last few posts, which can be found under the “Trends” tab, and today it continues with the final of our four words – ATTENTIVE parenting, which the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development defines as “paying attention to your child’s … Continue reading Can I Have Your Attention, Please?
- Being an Active Parent Can Look Differently for Each Family (8/7/2019) - We’ve been looking at different ways to reflect on our parenting over our last few posts, and today it continues with a look at active parenting, which the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development defines as “participating in your child’s life.” This one is pretty broad, right? Just participating… that seems simple. And yet, … Continue reading Being an Active Parent Can Look Differently for Each Family
- “Do as I say, not as I do”… and Other Challenges in Consistency (7/31/2019) - In our last few posts we’ve been talking about tossing out the ideas of “good parents” and “bad parents” and replacing them with some new words — Effective, Consistent, Active, Attentive. It comes from a place of good intention, right? We want our kids to develop healthy eating habits, even if we maybe don’t always … Continue reading “Do as I say, not as I do”… and Other Challenges in Consistency
- “How Can I Get my Kid to Listen?” and other aspects of Effective Parenting (7/24/2019) - In our last few posts we’ve been talking about how we talk about ourselves and parents. We’ve agreed that using the terms “good” and “bad” isn’t very helpful, and in our last post we looked at four words we can use instead that are based on aspects of parenting that research has shown are important. … Continue reading “How Can I Get my Kid to Listen?” and other aspects of Effective Parenting
- Let’s Stop Calling Ourselves “Good” or “Bad” Parents, Instead Let’s Say… (7/18/2019) - In our last post, “Am I a Good Parent?” we talked about how calling ourselves a “good parent” or a “bad parent” isn’t very helpful. For one thing, it doesn’t give us anything concrete to decide if we are “good” or “bad”. Plus, this way of thinking can create unnecessary guilt or shame related to … Continue reading Let’s Stop Calling Ourselves “Good” or “Bad” Parents, Instead Let’s Say…
- “Am I a good parent?” – and other ways we reflect on our parenting (7/11/2019) - “Am I good parent?”…“I feel like a bad mom today.”… “Feeling like Dad-of-the-year over here (sarcastically).” From morning to evening, parents make countless choices throughout the day. The thought process about how to get your child to clean up their room without it becoming an ordeal. The decision whether to “choose this battle” about your … Continue reading “Am I a good parent?” – and other ways we reflect on our parenting
- Words have POWER (7/3/2019) - Sometimes the best blogs come from the hearts of dear friends. A while back a young mom posted this on social media. She has two young children and a heart of gold. I’m sharing this with her permission as food for thought as we kick of a series of blogs about the reality of parenting … Continue reading Words have POWER
- Help Young Children Form Positive Financial Habits (6/11/2019) - Guest blogger and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance, Sandra McKinnon shares some compelling information on youth and financial literacy. Children form financial habits at an early age. Parents and care providers can influence what those habits will be. University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Karen Holden and colleagues found that … Continue reading Help Young Children Form Positive Financial Habits