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Is competition always a good idea?

June 29, 2012  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development

Playing sports is an American tradition and there are many benefits to be gained by participation. As parents, we can use sports as a means to bring out the best in our children. By stressing the fundamentals of fair play, good sportsmanship and putting forth one’s best effort, we can give our children the message that…

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Parents: Boost Your Self Confidence

June 12, 2012  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources, Quick Tips

At one time or another, almost all parents question their self-confidence. Parents want to be able to act decisively and confidently, but the influence of neighbors, friends and relatives, and what they will say can be very upsetting. Here’s an idea that may help. Most decisions revolve around two categories—needs and wants—and it is important…

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Hitting Is Not Okay

June 5, 2012  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources

A reader’s question reminded me that there are some typical childhood behaviors that need to be revisited every now and then for successive generations of parents. This parent was concerned about her 14-month-old’s habit of slapping her hand at her parents when she was frustrated, occasionally managing to hit them directly on the face. While…

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Recognizing Your Child's Fears

May 22, 2012  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources

What can you do to recognize fear in your child and help her to overcome it? An infant may cry loudly and exhibit a startle response-arms thrust outward, body rigid-when frightened. Older children’s reactions are more varied. They may run, cling to an adult, scream, close their eyes, and freeze in panic in a frightening…

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Children's Developmental Timeline

May 16, 2012  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources

  Today, thanks to a tip from a friend at, I came a cross a really awesome developmental timeline that parents can use to track their child’s development. The timeline can be found on and “offers access to research-based information about your child’s development from birth to five.” They have tabs for physical,…

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