Author Archives: Judy Arnall, BA, DTM, CCFE

About Judy Arnall, BA, DTM, CCFE

BA, DTM, CCFE, Certified child development specialist and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. Keynote speaker and best-selling author of "Discipline Without Distress", "Parenting With Patience", "Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers to Teens", and "Unschooling To University."

The Playgroup Altercation: Your Child Hits Other Children

The Playgroup Altercation – How to Handle it with Finesse and Respect   Part One – Your child is the hitter.  You are having a lovely pleasant chat with a mom you haven’t seen in ages and suddenly you hear … Continue reading

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Giving Kids Their Own Personal Space

Small house, many children: How to give kids personal space Humans are territorial and want some control over their belongings and the space where they are kept.  We love to nest and this is the beginning of that behaviour for … Continue reading

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Teaching Sex Education By Age

Some of the best conversations about sex, biology and gender was when my older children were 6, 5, and 3 years old and I was having another baby. They would happily draw pictures of sperm and eggs after we had … Continue reading

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Solve Your Child’s Problem Sleep

Think of your child as a special flower in the garden. Remember the seeds given at the beginning of the year. You have been given a special seed that needs its own quantity of water, sun, and special soil conditions. … Continue reading

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Co-Sleeping Safety Tips

Your baby has been crying for hours in the middle of the night. Nothing will calm her. Finally, she settles in your arms but awakens and screams the minute you set her in her crib. Out of exhaustion, you take … Continue reading

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Co-Sleeping Benefits

In many parts of the world, parents and babies sleep together.  It is a viable sleeping option for parents, babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. Benefits of Co-sleeping Parents and baby have close emotional and physical bonding time. Mom … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ways to Get Baby to Sleep

Recommendations:  The CPA and AAP suggests that for the first year of life, baby should sleep on their back, with no pillow, on their own surface, in your room. Many parents do co-sleep or bedshare and make the sleep environment … Continue reading

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Socialization: It’s More Than Just Having Friends

When families homeschool, parents are often asked the question, “What about socialization?” Many people are fine with the academic achievement of homeschooling but worry that children who do not go to school to interact with the same aged peers daily, … Continue reading

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Gift Giving from the Heart and Hands (instead of the wallet)

Last Christmas, I had enough of shopping. With five children in the family, even with buying only one present to each other, there would have been 49 gifts to shop, pay for and eventually add to the inevitable mound in … Continue reading

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Peaceful Parenting With Differing Parenting Styles

  Parenting can be a real challenge for partners who don’t always agree in their parenting styles.  Luckily, there are some tips for a more peaceful atmosphere at home. 1.Striving for a united front is difficult. Let’s imagine that you … Continue reading

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