Category Archives: Preschoolers 3-5

The “YES” List

Too often, we tell our children what they can’t do when they are mad!  No hitting, no pushing your brother, and no swearing!  However, children think in the “can do” creative stage, not the “can’t do” of more non-tangible abstract … Continue reading

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Money Smart Kids

When and How to Teach Finances A common question I get from parents  is when and how should kids start learning about money. Here is an age-by-age primer of what your child needs to know at each age group, from … Continue reading

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Problem-Solving: When Time-outs, Grounding and Consequences Don’t Work

When you look at your child now and imagine the teenage years ahead, does the image fill your heart with dread or joy and anticipation?  Do you see your relationship as a warm, loving, close one that has open communication, … Continue reading

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How To Get More Patience

Like a good marriage, it really helps to ignore a lot of daily irritations. Anger is like a fish-hook. We can choose to bite or swim on by. Sometimes, we just keep on swimming! Sometimes, we have to ignore the … Continue reading

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Non-Punitive Screen-Time Family Contract

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/an-age-by-age-guide-to-kids-and-smartphones/ Also featured in Today’s Parent Magazine Family Screen Time Contract  A Contract for Digital Health and Safety between Parent_____ and Child(ren)_____ Date:_________________ CHILD I agree to always ask you for help, explanation, advice and information regarding anything I can’t … Continue reading

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The Playgroup Altercation: Your child is the victim

  The Playgroup Altercation   Part Two – Your child is the Victim You hear a loud thud, an ear-piercing scream, and then your child appears before you wearing a tear-stained cheek and red eyes and is pointing to another … Continue reading

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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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