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Our best advice when it’s tough with kids:breathe, laugh, dance, sing, hug, call a friend. Be gentle with yourself, you’re not done growing up yet. This won’t last and you are not alone.

Dr. Shefali – Being a Conscious Parent

One of the things I love most about our work, is building relationships with people whom we’ve admired and who have helped us along the way. Dr. Shefali Tsabary is one of those people. Talking with Dr. Shefali is like swimming in a mountain lake--it’s crystal clear,...

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3 Reasons Why Kids Lie and What You Can Do

Last time we talked about how lying was an important developmental sign for children. (If you missed Part 1 about lying and brain development you can read it here.) While it’s reassuring to know that lying is a part of development, you may still be left with the...

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Kids Lying to Parents is a Good Sign

Have you heard a child  say… “I have a horse in my backyard.” (When she doesn’t.) “I didn’t hit him.” (When he really did.) “I’ll turn off the computer after I finish this game.” (Then she doesn’t.) Starting at 2 or 3 years of age kids start lying. Being lied to is...

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What To Do When A Child Hits Another Child

I’m wondering if you can relate to this parenting dilemma that my sister had. My sister was with her daughter, who is 15 months old and just learning how to walk. They were at a playground with lots of other moms and kids. One of the older girls got mad and as she...

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Should you pay kids an allowance for chores?

We like it when kids--especially our own--do chores around the house. One of our daughters is a master at cleaning the bathroom. The other one takes out the recycling, the trash, and does all the cat care. They both help with the dishes and setting the table. But we...

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When Your Child is Angry: What to Do

During a family car ride once when I was little, I got really mad at my big brother. I remember wanting to punch him! I didn’t hit him, but when we were close to home, we pulled into the driveway. I jumped out and, instead of taking my anger out on someone else, I...

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Secrets to Taming Tantrums, Part 2

You might say it’s a child having… A tantrum A melt down Big feelings Getting to the end of their rope Flipping their lid. Whatever you call it, we’ve all experienced it. Every parent struggles, at one point or another, with helping their child through an upset. For...

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