Become a YES Parent.  5 Simple Ways To Say YES More Often
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Become a YES Parent. 5 Simple Ways To Say YES More Often

Do you ever feel like you are constantly saying NO to your child? You know you have to set boundaries, but yet you want to stay connected, right? This is happening in lots of households.  Now, for the good news. You can and will become a YES parent after reading this post. Can you believe that most…

The 25 Best High Contrast Books and Toys For Babies
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The 25 Best High Contrast Books and Toys For Babies

High contrast books for babies or black and white books for babies should be called or referred to as newborn books. Have you noticed that there are more black and white items in the baby sections of your favorite baby stuff stores? Why is that you may wonder? Where are all the pastels? High contrast books for babies…

Children Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel
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Children Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Maya Angelou wisely said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  This statement has so much insight.  This thought is a sensible affirmation to apply in parenthood. What if we were intentional about how we make our…

8 Shocking Truths About Teenage Brain Development Every Parent Must Know
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8 Shocking Truths About Teenage Brain Development Every Parent Must Know

Why is my teenager acting like this? Your teenager’s behavior does not have to be a mystery to you. The basics of teenage brain development are worth understanding.  After infancy, the brain’s most dramatic growth spurt occurs during adolescence, which typically describes ages 13-19. All of this change in the teenage brain has teenagers wondering how they…

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:  Children Will Become What You Say They Are
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Children Will Become What You Say They Are

How much thought have you given to the research on self-fulfilling prophecy? This research can be significant in your parenting.  You see, we buy into a story.  How we live and the decisions we make in our life are a result of the story we bought into.  Furthermore, research says that the things that we saw,…

Lighting:  How It Affects Your Child Physically, Mentally, and Academically
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Lighting: How It Affects Your Child Physically, Mentally, and Academically

Lighting. Is it that big of a deal? I’m going to share the positives and negatives of different types of bulbs, so you can be intentional about the lighting you use in your home. One day while paying attention to some lighting in my home a light went off for me!  No pun intended. I…

25 Reasons All Children Should Be Listening to Music
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25 Reasons All Children Should Be Listening to Music

Children LOVE listening to music.  If there’s a child who doesn’t love music, then I’m going to argue that they haven’t met their hearts match where music genre is concerned Born to Dance Did you know that humans are born to dance?  Researchers have found that babies prefer to listen to the beat of music over…

Help, I Need Childcare! (What to Look For)
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Help, I Need Childcare! (What to Look For)

When I first found out I was pregnant, I did not yet know that I was going to be a stay-at-home mom.  I taught at an elementary school, and my co-workers quickly warned me that I better start looking for childcare immediately. They explained to me about the waiting list at the good places and…

21 Ways to Say I Love You to Your Child
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21 Ways to Say I Love You to Your Child

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about how mothers want their children to remember them. I’ve read a lot of answers people gave when asked: How did your parents show love?  Of course, I then started to consider how I want Jock and Luke to remember me.  Not that I hadn’t thought of it before,…

9 Shocking Facts About Your Child’s Prefrontal Cortex Development That Will Change How You Treat Them (Sample Language Included)
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9 Shocking Facts About Your Child’s Prefrontal Cortex Development That Will Change How You Treat Them (Sample Language Included)

Have you heard talk of your child’s prefrontal cortex area of the brain? Maybe you have.  Maybe you haven’t, but I’m willing to bet, your child’s prefrontal cortex development has played a role in some of your frustrations. Have you wished you didn’t have to repeat yourself so often to your children? Has your child ever…