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Should You Force A Child to Say I’m Sorry?

Should kids learn to always say “I’m sorry” or is it an empty phrase if they don’t really mean it? As parents, should we enforce apologizing as a show of good manners or let those words go when they seem insincere? The debate rages on as child experts, Lauri Berkenkamp and Susan Stiffelman add their insight to the mix.

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The Key to Kids and Tech is Curiosity

Technology is here to stay. What’s best for our kids? Jonathan Mugan, author of “The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion” shares.

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The Science of Parental Love

What is it that makes us feel crazy love for our children (even when they drive us nuts?!) We turn to science for the answer.

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Love and Marriage…and Kids

How important is it to make a real point of showing love to your partner in front of the children? “Very!” says Dr. Laura Markham.

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Pass the Gratitude, Please

Our littles might have high expectations for special gifts right about now, but what about the thanks? Annie Zirkel, author of “You’ll Thank Me Later – A Guide to Raising Grateful Children (& Why That Matters)” shares her ideas about instilling gratitude in the next generation.

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Kids and Fear: Helping Them Cope

Halloween is here, stirring up that tricky mix of playfulness and fear in the little ones. Why do kids often revel in the scary? How can we help them cope with real fear both in and out of spooky season? Michael Crowley, child psychologist and researcher at the Yale Child Study Center, shares some insight into the inner workings of fright in early childhood.

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Making Memories instead of Materialism

Unless it’s a puppy, will your child remember gifts from this holiday season, or the memories made? At The Mother Company, we’re banking on sweet recollections. We offer up eleven ways to create ritual that lead to family bonding from Susan Newman, Ph.D.

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Raising Confident Kids

As our kids grow, peer pressure has power. How do we arm our littles with the tools to stand-up for themselves?