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    A Failproof Way To Let Your Kids Enjoy Their Halloween Candy

    Halloween is just around the corner and you are already silently dreading those power struggles on candy-allowances.  I am here to help you get through it as calmly and peacefully as possible.  Shall we begin? You have all year to teach, lecture and preach to your kids about healthy teeth and healthy foods.  Save yourself the losing battle of using Halloween, a holiday that is epitomized by candy and sweets, as your pulpit for healthy-talk.  This one day will not undo a year’s worth of consistent practice.  Trust that. There are ways, however to optimize your success of moderating their candy-consumption without the added bonus of a power struggle.    …

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    5 Tips For Tantrum-Free Trick-or-Treating That Always Work

    Trick-or-treating is one of the best parts of Halloween. Two things can ruin it – the weather and kids’ tantrums. If you’re prepared for both, then your night should be a lot less stressful! Whether it is your little one’s first Halloween or fifth, it is always exciting and, let’s be honest, exhausting. From choosing a costume to monitoring the sugar intake. But facing the challenge of Haunting Halloween temper tantrums while they are out on their rounds can get pretty daunting. Parents know that getting angry with your child will not help them calm down, but there are ways for you to help avoid tantrums in the first place.…

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    Why Screen Time May Actually Be Good!

    I know, I know. You’re probably reading this and thinking, “What? Screen time can be good for kids?” Maybe you’re rolling your eyes too. But honestly, there are some benefits to giving our children screens that we might not have thought of before – like their ability to learn at their own pace or communicate with friends who live far away. We try so hard to go with the times, put in restrictions and limitations, and avoid fighting and punishment and policing our children around electronics. It’s exhausting and frustrating.  Things were much simpler when we were young, right? But should anyone go so far as to say it can…

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    8 Best Tips For Preschool From A Preschool Teacher

    The first year of a child’s life is crucial to their development and skills. What they learn in preschool will follow them for the rest of their lives. There are many things to consider when sending your child to preschool for the first time. The environment, the curriculum, and the socialization. This article explores some tips on what parents should do to help their children start preschool off on the right foot. 8 Best Tips For Preschool Putting your child in preschool can be an excellent way to give them extra socialization, more activities, and exposure to the world. Whether it’s your first, third or last time to send your…

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    What Is Gentle Parenting & Is Too Late To Start?

    First, let’s begin by clarifying what Gentle Parenting isn’t in order to clear out any misconceptions or assumptions that might have deterred you from this approach until now.  Gentle parenting is the contemporary term.  Personally, being in the world of child-care and development as long as I have, I learned that every few years a new label is used for the same methods and philosophies and that’s ok.  One term may not resonate with all and if new titles and labels are used in order to speak and reach more parents, then all the better.                  Gentle Parenting is not Permissive Parenting.  Permissive parenting…

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    4 Guaranteed Ways To Leave On Time With Toddlers

    Leaving on time with toddlers is never easy. Ever. You gave yourself 30 minutes tget your toddler ready, and tho at wasn’t enough.  You now give yourselves 45 minutes each morning to leave.  Surely that will do the trick? Nope. You still find yourself repeating yourself over and over, begging, bribing, threatening, cheerleading, scrambling around to get out of the house on time for once!  Most parents don’t believe there is any way to peacefully get out of the house on time with a toddler.  They believe this is the natural state of their lives so long as they have a toddler or preschooler in the house.  It doesn’t have to…

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    5 Best Ways You Have Ever Known To Handle A Tantrum

    Tantrums happen for many reasons and can be frustrating for both parents and children. 90% of toddlers have tantrums daily, and about 60% of children aged 4 have them. On average, tantrums can last up to 15 minutes. When you add it up, by the time your little one is 4, they would have had 15 full days of tantrums. Knowing the best ways to handle a tantrum is a blessing, really. Read on for more information about how you can avoid having your child become violent with these helpful tips. 5 Best Ways To Handle a Tantrum Parents, I know the feeling of getting frustrated when your child is throwing a…

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    5 Amazing Tips To Get Your Child To Listen To You Immediately!

    We’ve all have either said this to our kids out loud or loudly in our heads. You make a seemingly innocent and small request; they seem to be in a good mood, agreeable, and enjoying. What could go wrong? Well, a lot. That’s just the start, dear. The Dilemma – Catching The Kids’ Attention You say it once. Crickets. After your second request, crickets, or worse, “NO!”  You ask again, this time with more umph and feeling since your blood pressure is already rising and that voice in your head is saying, “here we go again!”  You start to raise your voice, lecture, and ask why they aren’t listening to…