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Age Appropriateness of Bathing Opposite Sex Siblings Together

As the old adage goes, “We learn something new every day.”  It’s easy to take this for granted, but, as parents, we need to take advantage of the daily opportunities to teach our kids through the common experiences of living.  In question and answer format, here are a few tips to accomplish that objective. Q:  […]

Pets, Parties, and Inclusion as Family Members

You and your shih tzu Sammie are the best of friends.   In fact, you call Sammie your baby boy and you reference yourself as his mother*.  Sammie is always excited to welcome you home at the end of each work day.  He goes on runs with you, snuggles you while you watch TV, and cheers […]

Mom Style Cabin Fever

It’s -20*F outside, with 45 mph wind gusts and 12” of snow on the ground (and more is still falling).  Schools are closed, your family is house-bound, and your active kids are bouncing off the walls.  By day three of this, you have cabin fever.  What exactly is cabin fever and what can you do […]

Talking with Your Kids about Weight

Talking with kids about weight can make even the most experienced parents break into a cold sweat. If you do not discuss weight with your kids, your kids may establish and maintain unhealthy weight; on the other hand, if you do talk with your kids about weight, you risk damaging their self-esteem.  Is this a […]

Helping Your Toddler with Decision-Making Skills

High functioning adults make good decisions.  Everyone knows this, right?  Ok, then how can you help your toddler with decision-making skills? Speak with your toddler about the flow of logic you use when you make decisions.  For example, “I would really love to buy that sweater, but it’s really expensive, and I think I’d be […]

How to Speak about Your Ex in Front of Your Child

When divorces or break-ups occur, one or both former partners are hurt and/or angry.  These emotions can make it difficult for the former partners to form positive statements about each other.  Read on to learn why you should overcome this difficulty and speak positively about your ex in front of your child . . . […]

Helping Your Kids Develop Penmanship Skills

You want your kids to have nice handwriting, or, well, at least legible handwriting.  It’s easy for kids and grown-ups alike to scrawl something quickly and call it good whether or not it’s readable.  However, if the note isn’t readable, it’s virtually useless.  Can’t read your reminder note?  Well, then, you have no reminder, do […]

Sleepovers

Sleepovers are a rite of passage for the youth of our culture.  But are sleepovers really a good idea in this day and age?  And, if so, what is the best age for parents to begin allowing their children to have or attend sleepovers? Pros of sleepovers: peer bonding social skills development fun longer chats […]

How Parents Can Help Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence (and Why It Matters)

According to the Random House dictionary, emotional intelligence is defined as the “skill in perceiving, understanding, and managing emotions and feelings.”  People who understand what they feel, why they feel as they do, and can shape their feelings and how they manifest in behaviors are thought to possess emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence is at the heart of healthy self-knowledge.  Emotional intelligence is […]

Common Resume Mistakes

Resume mistakes are made by even the best of us, no matter what the education and proficiency of the job seeker may be.  Listed below are some of the most common resume mistakes made by caregivers (nannies, babysitters, senior caregivers, etc.). Inattention to detail.  This includes typographical errors, punctuation problems, grammatical errors, etc.  It is […]