Modern Parenting (94)

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The Hazards of Permissive Parenting

Do big tearful eyes staring up at you make it impossible for you to say “no” to your child? Dr. Susan Newman says our generation is trending towards permissive parenting, and the whole family is suffering as a result.

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Three Imagination Rich Play Ideas

Three ways to foster your child’s imagination and creative play, from Beth Engelman, popular blogger behind “Mommy on a Shoestring.”

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Supporting your Child’s Independent Play

Some parents exhaust themselves entertaining their children. But what if actively observing our tots better supported their social-emotional development? Janet Lansbury, parent educator says, hands-off but observant is the way to play.

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The Gift of an “Unhappy Ending”

How much should we protect our children from the realities of life? Are we doing them a disservice? Iben Sandahl, Author of The Danish Way of Parenting talks to us about the benefits of exposing our children to “unhappy endings.”

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The Social Side of School Readiness

He can write his name and count to 20, but what milestones tell you that your child is socially and emotionally prepared to start kindergarten? We asked two early childhood experts, Brenda Nixon, MA, and Deborah McNelis, M.S.ed, to give us the scoop on school readiness.

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Beneficial Screen Time?

Trash talk abounds when it comes to the deleterious affects of media on our kids, but are there any benefits? Renown media expert, Dr. Dimitri Christakis says yes, and explains how parents can create a healthy media diet.

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The Danger of Labeling Kids

Shy. Aggressive. Observer. So many adjectives that define our kids. When and how can labeling harm our children? Lynne Kenney, shares her insight.

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The Power of “Yes”

“Don’t!” “Stop it!” “That’s not okay!” Feeling like a broken record when speaking to your child? Mary Hartzell, early childhood development expert says, injecting more (reasonable) “yeses” in a day will help everyone feel better.

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