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The Day My Son Told Me "Mad is Bad"

When I was a young girl I thought the thing to be was happy. I'm not clear when or how this misbelief was first planted, but I managed to carry it well into my adult years none the less. The narrative in my head went something like this:  "If I...

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Dear Daughter: A Spoken Word Poem

Grab your tissues. This heartfelt video captures the love and prayers one father carries for his unborn child: "The pain and the pleasure, they are buried treasure. Get your hands dirty..." - Kurt Peloquin

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6 Meaningful Christmas Gifts for 2019

Rather than storing unwanted toys in the closet, this year give the children on your list meaningful memories instead. Here are six connection-based gift ideas for ages two and up that we love for the holidays.

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Mindful Parenting and How It Affects Children

You probably know that your heart works hard pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, but have you ever wondered how this process works? During the cardiac cycle, your heart first relaxes and allows the oxygen-rich blood to come to itself first. Then — only after it has received oxygenated blood...

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What Co-Regulation Looks Like

A young child is so frustrated and overwhelmed that she just hit her big sister. As the adult responsible for managing this moment, how can you navigate this? Will co-regulation fix this?

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An open letter to you, my toddler: "I get It."

I get it. I get all of it. The screams, the tears, the tantrums. Your bottom lip drops and your eyes brim with emotions. Sometimes you even turn away from me. That one rips my heart in two. Then the sun will peek through and the smiles will come...

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Behavior Charts: I’m Totally Over It

My friend Katie called me in tears last week. Her three-year-old son Max started having these new, long, weepy temper tantrums every day at preschool drop-off. Katie had the mamma guilt blues. Why was Max getting so upset? He loved school. How could she keep leaving him like this each...

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I Am A Team Player

Are we raising a generation of pansies? The short answer is 110% no. We don't have to be scared of children with big feelings.Big feelings can be a gift.

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