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Learning All Day Long

By Andrea Rennick
Providing a rich learning environment for your baby or toddler isn’t as complicated as you might think. Creating a great environment for learning simply means doing the things that you would normally do with them anyway but in a conscientious manner.

10 Ways to Make Today Magical
By Alicia Bayer
A monthly celebration of the joys and simple pleasures of childhood. New ways to make today magical each and every month!

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk to You
By Mark Brandenburg
Parents can often be frustrated by their kids' unwillingness to share their lives with them. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, there will be times when it's difficult to break through and find out what's really going on.

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By Kelley Shirazi
The world is a very big place to small children. It’s our job as parents to help guide them without totally shielding them from reality yet while respecting their individual levels of understanding.

Should You Reward Your Kids?
By Mark Brandenburg
For many years there's been a debate about rewarding our children. Does rewarding children work? Should you do it -- and if so, what kind of rewards should you use?

Of Conflict and Control
By Mark Brandenburg
All at once I felt compassion, disgust, understanding and anger. I was also in the middle of a campaign to let my son "take care of himself" and not depend on his dad to take care of him.

How You Can Teach Respect
By Steve McChesney
One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. Keep in mind that respect is not the same as obedience.

All Stressed Out: Are Your Giving Your Kids Hurried Child Syndrome?
By Dr. Gail Gross
In a culture that stresses success, children are bombarded daily to grow up too quickly -- and in fact, many psychologists believe that growing up too fast can have devastating effects.

Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids
By Mark Brandenburg
Having a high level of emotional intelligence in your children is the best way to ensure that they live a happy, successful and responsible life as an adult.

Be Smart With Your Children’s Feelings
By Mark Brandenburg
All of you have heard about how important it is to "honor your children's feelings." While this seems like a worthy endeavor, it's a fairly vague notion and can easily be dismissed, especially when your child is crying or whining.

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