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Who Me? Catching Your Child in a Lie

Who Me? Catching Your Child in a Lie

My 6 year old is going through a stage. He’s been lying and stealing and to be honest, it’s been tough on me. It’s a stage we’ve dealt with before but it didn’t last very ...

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Questions to Ask a Preschool Teacher

Questions to Ask a Preschool Teacher

The one truth I’ve learned about parenting is to expect the unexpected. That rang true last week at Curriculum Night at my son’s preschool. Curriculum Night at Bright Horizons gives parents the chance to hear ...

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Understanding Preschool Friendships: 6 Things to Know

Understanding Preschool Friendships: 6 Things to Know

Last weekend at my daughter’s soccer game, my almost 4-year-old son sat huddled with a friend under a shared blanket and played trucks together. Minutes later the boys were running around an abandoned baseball field ...

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40 Things to Know about 3-Year-Old Boys

40 Things to Know about 3-Year-Old Boys

In less than two months, my son will turn 4 years old. As the turbulent toddler years come to a close (hopefully!), I can reflect on and even laugh at the challenges that I’ve faced raising ...

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Back-to-School: Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Stress

Back-to-School: Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Stress

As I stare down the looming back-to-school season, I am acutely aware of the coming tornado of emotions threatening my household. Both my daughter (age 8) and son (age 3) struggle with transitions, most notably ...

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Sibling Rivalry: Behaviors that Drive Me Crazy

Sibling Rivalry: Behaviors that Drive Me Crazy

“He’s so annoying!” “Sissy’s not sharing!” “That’s not fair!” The sibling rivalry battleground is in full swing this summer in our house. Despite my and my husband’s attempts to have more family fun and spend time ...

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Water Safety When Your Child Shows No Fear

Water Safety When Your Child Shows No Fear

There is no parenting job I take more seriously than water safety. You may describe me as hyper-vigilant when it comes to water safety tips. I have good reason to be – my 3-year-old son. From the ...

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Slow Parenting: How Do You Slow Down?

Slow Parenting: How Do You Slow Down?

About two hours into our recent trip to IKEA, my 3-year-old son had enough. My husband and I knew we were risking a toddler meltdown but we pleaded for just a little more time so ...

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10 Activities to Encourage Preschool Independence

10 Activities to Encourage Preschool Independence

“I’ll do it! I’ll do it!” is frequently heard coming out of my 3-year old son’s mouth. Like most preschoolers, he is on a never-ending quest for independence and learning how to do things for himself. It’s a fun ...

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Can Outdoor Chores Curb Aggressive Behavior in Kids?

Can Outdoor Chores Curb Aggressive Behavior in Kids?

Can outdoor chores curb aggressive behavior in kids? This Washington Post article about why kids are getting more aggressive on the playground caught my eye recently. In the article, the author discusses a recent ban on ...

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