Children (ages 0-5)

Let your children lose; their mental health depends on it

By | January 18th, 2014|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Have you ever fudged the rules of Candy Land, just so your kiddo wouldn't lose? Or perhaps you've intentionally slowed down when racing your child across the backyard, just to see her cross the finish line first? As a parent, seeing your child experience the joy of winning is priceless. And protecting her from losing shields her from experiencing the sadness, anger, and disappointment that come with defeat.  However, learning how to lose with grace is healthy for children. It's a lifelong skill necessary for developing empathy and self-control. If your child never learns to lose, she'll fail to develop [...]

3 tips for A+ January success

By | December 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Winter break is quickly approaching its final days. With the kids out of school for the past couple of weeks, your days have likely been anything but ordinary and routine.  Between the excitement of new gifts, an endless sugar supply, and late night bedtimes, you and your family are almost certainly a bit out of sorts. Rather than spending all of January trying to recover and get back on track, kick-start the new year and experience less family stress by following these three easy tips: ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE Once New Year’s has come and gone, begin picking up the pieces [...]

Grateful versus greedy: Getting rid of the gimmes this holiday season

By | December 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Every year Thanksgiving seems to pass more quickly, for just as soon as the last pumpkin pie dish is cleaned, plans for Black Friday shopping take over in full force. Sometimes it seems we don’t give Thanksgiving the time and credit it deserves, while we prepare and plan for Christmas weeks in advance. And have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving music doesn’t exist? I myself think it would be a refreshing alternative to hearing Christmas music in October. Being grateful and giving thanks sets [...]

10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem

By | November 11th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Self-esteem is defined as one’s perception of oneself. Healthy self-esteem is crucial in life. Why? Because it dictates how we relate to others, achieve at school, and perform on the job. As a parent, you strive to raise your child as an individual who believes he is capable, resourceful, and deserving of love. Lack of healthy self-esteem often leads to behavioral issues and mental health concerns, so here are 10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem every day: 1. PROVIDE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Let your kiddo know you'll love him no matter what. This doesn't mean you have to condone [...]

5 effortless tips for raising smart, successful children

By | October 14th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

There are many different kinds of intelligence: book smarts, street smarts, and "emotional IQ," just to name a few. As a parent, you obviously want your kids to have it all. Luckily, character building begins at home, so you can start prepping your children to be savvy adults from an early age. Here are a few simple ways to bolster your children's positive attributes and lead them down the road to success: EXPAND THEIR COMFORT ZONES Encourage your children to do something they're slightly afraid of, whether it's climbing a tree or jumping off the high dive. This type of [...]

Why saying “no” to your toddler simply doesn’t cut it

By | October 6th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5)|

Toddlerhood is a tricky phase. As a parent, you may find yourself just trying to figure out how your sweet baby is growing up so fast. Meanwhile, your little guy or gal is caught somewhere in-between infancy and childhood. Being a toddler is no easy feat, as there are many tasks to be conquered. Toddlers are discovering they are individual beings, separate from their parents, and so they start to assert their independence by doing things for themselves. Toddlers are also becoming aware of what they want and when they want it, which means that as a parent, you’re constantly taking things [...]

Part 2: Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids

By | September 23rd, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

This post is written in an effort to clarify some of the questions and concerns raised in my recent blog featured on Mamapedia titled Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids. Below are a few of the more common, constructive misconceptions: 1. NO SPANKING DOES NOT EQUAL NO DISCIPLINE. When I suggested not spanking your children, I did not mean to imply you should simply let them run amuck and turn into "spoiled brats." Children most certainly thrive in structured environments where there are clear expectations, rules, and consequences. Spanking is a form of punishment, and there are many alternatives to spanking [...]

Keep your head above water and don’t drown: How to talk to your kids about our nation’s recent disasters

By | September 16th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It's been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged. And this morning, I awoke to the news about the Navy Yard shooting. Not that watching the news has ever really lifted my spirits, but the past few days have been pretty overwhelming and chalk-full of disaster and tragedy. I live in Denver so naturally all of the local news channels have been broadcasting nonstop about the floods. Last Thursday, when the flooding began, newscasters were quick to give out safety advice to all those possibly affected. [...]

Three reasons to stop spanking your kids today: No ifs, ands, or buts

By | July 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Spanking. The age-old, forever controversial topic. The question is always the same: Is it ok to hit your kids? I guess that really depends on your definition of "ok." If by "ok," you mean legal, then yes, at least in the state of Colorado. According to Colorado Law, parents are permitted to use means of physical punishment when disciplining their children so long as they do not leave injuries. If by "ok" you mean morally correct, that's up to you and your personal values and beliefs... no judgment here.  But perhaps most importantly, if by "ok" you mean effective, as [...]

No more teachers, no more books! Helping parents stress less this summer

By | May 30th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The kids are almost done with school. Everyone’s counting down the days, although parents may be feeling a mix of emotions… happiness, dread, anxiety; all are common and it doesn't make you a bad mom or dad if you’re not totally jazzed that your kiddo will now be with you all. day. long. For stay-at-home parents, it’s not uncommon to dread the end of the school year, as it often means a full-time commitment to your child. Keeping kiddos entertained for the entire summer can be an extremely taxing job, and many parents feel stressed about taking on responsibility for [...]

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