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The Spanking Dilemma

Spanking children is deeply ingrained in our culture. Most adults remember being spanked as a child. Today, physical punishment of a child is legal in all states and many states also allow the use of an object — paddle, switch, wooden spoon, strap — for reasonable supervision and control of a child as long as it is not “excessive” and does not cause injury. Read More »
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We Have Too Many Toys! Alternative Gifts for Kids

The holidays are fast approaching and our thoughts turn to the frenzy of buying gifts. It’s always a joy to select gifts for friends and family, and watch their (hopefully) delight when the gift is opened. Buying toys for kids and hearing their squeals of delight is especially satisfying! Read More »
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Boredom Breakers: Glitter Paint

Toddlers love to squeeze! If you give them a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of glue, they will squeeze out every last ounce. They are not trying to be naughty or wasteful; they just need to experiment to understand how things work. Read More »
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The Toddler Years: Guidance and Discipline (Part 2)

Let’s continue looking for opportunities to help guide toddlers’ behaviors. Teach Trading Sharing isn’t really possible for most toddlers. To them, sharing means giving up their possessions without getting them back. Trading is a good first step to learning about sharing. Read More »
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The Toddler Years: Guidance and Discipline (Part 1)

Toddlers think and learn very differently from older preschoolers, so we need to think differently about guidance and discipline for these little guys. When toddlers behave inappropriately, think about what is happening from their point of view. Avoid punishing them for things they haven’t learned yet. Read More »
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Boredom Breakers: Fabulous Fizz

Here is a fun, easy and inexpensive activity to do with your young children. With winter right around the corner, this indoor activity makes a great snow day science project! The supplies you need are commonly found around your house. Read More »
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