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The Bath Tub

The Bath Tub

From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many parents do not realize these everyday moments can be more impactful than they seem.

Count cookies, learn math

Count cookies, learn math

By the time a toddler has reached the preschool years, he or she is able to express preferences verbally and is for the most part able to follow verbal rules and consider other points of view. Scientists who study conscious control often refer to it as “executive function.”

Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Placing infants in carrying devices such as car seats, baby slings/swings, bouncers, and strollers for naps may put them at risk of death or injury, warns the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants up to one year old.

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Ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you

Ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you

Every parent has been there - one of those days when you feel like your child's only goal is to directly defy you. When your child won't brush her teeth, comb her hair or put on her socks, it makes you think a larger plan could be afoot. This can't be accidental can it?

Airplane etiquette

Airplane etiquette

Trying to control a child’s behavior on a plane can be a tricky thing. Childhood enthusiasm is natural and so is energy. Sometimes harnessing and bridling this energy in a confined space for the extended time it takes from a plane to get from one location to another can be a challenge.

  Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Teach your children that it’s ok not to share. I know you’ve spent so much time badgering them to be generous. But children don’t learn to be generous when we force them to share. They learn to hang on tightly to whatever toy crosses their path, because it may get wrenched away soon.

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Car Care for New Drivers

Car Care for New Drivers

While many new drivers anticipate receiving their driver’s license, there are many responsibilities that come along with being a car owner, including basic maintenance.

Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Teenagers, parents, educators and clinicians have a new tool to help adolescents make more informed decisions about their sexual behavior. “Seventeen Days,” a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, became available at no cost on iPhone, iPad and Android devices beginning June 4.

Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

As the headmaster of a boys’ high school, I’m frequently asked by parents for advice on raising their sons. By far, the most common questions have to do with communication: Why won’t he talk to me? Why does it feel like he’s always pushing me away? The short answer is that you happen to be the parent of a typical teenage boy who’s exploring ways to exercise independence from Mom and Dad.

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Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

What happens when the school bus stops coming for the one in 68 kids diagnosed with autism? The answer could be as simple as developing their interests, as friends and family witnessed when seven exceptional individuals with autism graduated from Exceptional Minds on Sunday to pursue careers in visual effects and digital animation.

Early intervention for your child and family

Early intervention for your child and family

Sometimes, children are born with a condition or special need that impacts their development. Other times, a developmental delay becomes apparent over time, and is noticed by you or your doctor. Early intervention is a support system for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

It seemed somewhat arbitrary to Billy’s parents to have a diagnosis—and one that fit so well—taken away from him. The change itself, however, wasn’t arbitrary at all, for it reflected new research and ongoing psychiatric practice. The DSM is sometimes referred to as a “living document,” meaning it changes as we learn more about various mental health issues.

 

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