Development

What It Means to Be An Early Bloomer

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Jeannie* was 4 years old when her mom noticed a dark patch developing between her legs. “What did you sit in?” She asked during her bath routine thinking it must be dirt or something from playing in the yard. “Nothing, that’s my fur,” Jeannie replied. What followed after was a series of doctor appointments to… Read more »

Inconsistency and Behavior

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“My child did what?!” Have you ever been surprised to discover that your child behaves completely differently when he’s in someone else’s care? Have you heard about his behavior with his grandparents, for instance, and it’s unrecognizable to you? Have you observed him behaving out of character (shy, wound up, etc.) around same-age peers? If… Read more »

Does My Child Have Anxiety?

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“Can I stay home with you today mom?” “Can you pick me up early?” “Do I have to go to school today?”   These were questions that my daughter, then 3, was asking me each day. At first, I thought she just wanted to stay home and snuggle, but then I wondered if it could… Read more »

Thanks! Teaching Gratitude in Kids

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Kids learn through modeling and repetition, and gratitude is no exception. The more often your children see or hear you showing thanks, the more seeds you plant in their garden of appreciation.    In their book, Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono note that young children first… Read more »

Press Repeat: Why Repetition is Smart for Toddlers

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There she goes again. Once more down the slide. “After each landing, she squealed with excitement and said ‘do again,’” recalls Rhonda Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of Early Childhood Education, Human Development & Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She remembers how much her oldest daughter loved the slide at the Countryside YMCA’s pool when… Read more »

Camp Unplugged: Loosening the Digital Umbilical

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by Christopher A. Thurber, Ph.D.   Young people between eight and eighteen spend an average of 6.5 hours a day absorbed in media — much of the time is solitary. Pro-Children Solutions Electronic technology has done a lot to make life more convenient. Sadly, the 1950s dream of having robots and computers do most jobs… Read more »

Sleep for the Ages

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“Sleep is like the unicorn – it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” – Dr. Seuss

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