Category Archives: School-Aged 6-12

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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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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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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8 Parenting Myths Not Grounded in Research

There are always some common parenting myths that seem to pop up as questions in my classes of teaching parenting over the last twenty years.  I am constantly amazed at how wide-spread they are across North America and Europe. There … Continue reading

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