Logical consequences that teach
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:46:48 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289988/-1/blogs01Do you have a tough time thinking of what to do when your children misbehave? Do you take away television privileges or send them off to their room? The real question is, are those punishments actually teaching a lesson and a different behavior? If your kids continue to do the same things, over and over, without learning from being grounded or having toys taken away, start teaching with logical consequences. Logical consequences are those that have an action directly linked to the behavior. [...]]]>Aprons all around!
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:08:29 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219989/-1/blogs01Teaching in the kitchen is a fun, relaxing way to reinforce math and reading skills. Include your toddler or teen with daily food prep, or choose one day out of the week for family participation with prep. Even toddlers can sit safely at the table and snap off the ends of string beans or open boxes and pour dry foods into bowls. Starting kids young in the kitchen will build their sense of confidence, while reinforcing a wide variety of skills, including listening carefully and following [...]]]>When in doubt, check it out
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:40:24 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131015/BLOGS/310159988/-1/blogs01Children develop a variety of different skills at different times. Girls usually develop language sooner than boys, who often develop large motor skills sooner than girls. And so it goes, when trying to figure out what's normal and what's not. If you are concerned with social or developmental delays, your first stop is to ask your pediatrician about milestone marks. However, some pediatricians may express concern while others may prompt you to "wait and see." I say follow your heart. In many [...]]]>Single Parenting
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:23:37 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079988/-1/blogs01Whether you're married, partnered or single, it's time to let go of the resentments and parent with your child's best interests in mind. You cannot raise an emotionally healthy, stable child if you parent without structure and limits but fall back on resentments, caustic accusations and blame. Intentionally pull the plug on high stress situations, set guidelines upon which you decide to raise your children and be the best parent for an amazing outcome. Read the full article, When allergies impact the party
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:52:52 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309944/-1/blogs01More and more children are affected each day by severe food allergies. Managing those allergies to keep your child safe can be a challenge, especially at birthday parties, where candy, cakes, pretzels and chips are served, and are loaded with nuts and gluten. So, how do you safely send your child to a party where dangers lurk in every bite? Read http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239946/-1/blogs01
Adolescence can be a difficult period for everyone. Communication is an important piece, as teens tend to become less interested in sharing both their thoughts and their time with family. Teens think of themselves as capable young adults, but lose sight of the fact that their immaturity or poor judgement may affect their future success. Be prepared and stay connected. Read This Mom’s Memories
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:38:55 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169988/-1/blogs01Being a single mom and living only miles from New York City on September 11 brought emotions of both fear and determination. As our entire country was torn apart within moments, I felt helpless but determined to protect my three children at any cost. Read “Be prepared, but don’t live in perpetual fear”.
More than Live, Laugh and Love
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:03:38 +0000http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099990/-1/blogs01Being a parent is a 24/7 job that can, at times, be exhausting as well as frustrating. Let go of the negative cycles and infuse nine L's into each day to build a stronger bond and raise a thoughtful child. Read the entire article “Live, laugh and love”.