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Healthy Holidays for Your Kids

Most people think the holiday season is the time to throw off their kids’ sleep cycles, give them sugar rushes and crashes, allow poor nutrition and over-consumption, and find other unhealthy ways to celebrate the holidays.  While each of these may be ok from time to time, they are unhealthy, so parents may want to […]

Why does my toddler pull her hair out while sleeping?

Your toddler may seek the sensation (touch) of holding onto or pulling something firmly. Your toddler may be pulling out her hair as a self-comforting behavior.  Perhaps she is overly tired, has stress or anxiety, etc.  (Toddler stressors include teething, bringing home a new sibling, conflict within the family, and divorce.) Either way, your first […]

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Why Does my Toddler Use Only One Color of Crayon or Paint?

There are a number of possible explanations for this behavior. Toddlers frequently feel out of control of their own lives because adults make decisions on their toddlers’ behalves, tell them what to do, and introduce them to rules and environments that they don’t yet understand.  Toddlers may be choosing to limit their color palette to […]

The Babysitter Box

The babysitter box is a box that you fill with everything a babysitter might need while you are away.  What should you include in the box? Emergency contact list (names, telephone numbers, and the circumstances under which they should be called) Timeline of what to do and when, including the bedtime routine and when you […]

How to Tell Your Kids You are Downsizing your House

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about the downsizing.  Speak openly with your kids about your downsizing, why it’s happening, and how it will affect them.  For example, you may say, “When we bought this house, we were raising five kids.  Now, three of you are in college.  We don’t […]

Explaining a Medical Crisis to the Kids

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about the situation.  Be honest with your kids about what is going on and how it will affect them.  For example, you may say, “You know that Uncle Joe’s been sick since he came to live with us.  When he got sick, he couldn’t […]

How do you Tell the Kids That Your Job Is Changing

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about your job change.  Tell them why this is happening.  For example, you may say, “My company has too many employees, so they had to let some of us go.  Sometimes, stuff like this happens.  It’s ok, though, because life’s all about change, isn’t […]

How To Tell Your Child Another Baby Is On The Way

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family that another baby’s on the way.  Let them know how this will affect them.  For example, will their bedrooms, schedules, or household responsibilities change?  Will Grandma be coming for a visit lasting several weeks after the baby is born?   Will there be lots […]

Introducing a New Cat to the Family

So, you’re adopting a new family member!  Congratulations!  Cats can be wonderful additions to your family: they can provide 12 to 18 years (assuming they are indoor-only cats) of love and merriment to your household.  They can also teach your family about how to love and understand others who may view the world differently than […]