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Assessing and Decoding My Child’s Behavior

  By now we know that parents have a wide range of challenging behaviors to manage as their children grow and develop. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed that these behaviors can be the result of several different factors, including emotions, developmental stage, and the child’s environment. Now that we understand this in theory, let’s… Read more »

Setting the Scene: How Environment Affects Behavior

Behavior can be influenced by your child’s environment. The physical environment can either support positive behavior or contribute to challenging behavior. Luckily, this is something that we usually have control over! Many times, we can make small changes to the environment that can have a large impact on our children’s behavior. As we pay attention… Read more »

Emotions Can Be Difficult for Young Children

Emotions play a large role in challenging behaviors since young children can easily become overwhelmed by their feelings. We’ve all seen or experienced moments when a child is so consumed with emotion that they can’t control themselves. Imagine a 2 year old having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store when her mom… Read more »

Challenging Behaviors = Normal Child Development

Have you ever been completely baffled by the way your child is acting? Many parents struggle to understand and relate to children’s behavior, especially those challenging ones. Before you lose your cool and get frustrated in the heat of the moment, consider why your child is acting the way they are and what they are… Read more »

Behavior Has Meaning

Parenting can be the most joyful, rewarding experience, but it comes with challenges and stressful moments. Take a second and think about the most frustrating thing your child does. Are you in the grocery store when he or she decides to start tearing boxes from the shelves? Are you at a birthday party when your… Read more »

Communicating in the Era of Screen Time

Understanding when screen time can be beneficial and when it may be time to put it away is a good place to start when talking about family screen time. There are many types of screens being used by children and when you add the time in front of all of them, you may be surprised…. Read more »

Communicating During and After a Traumatic Event

  Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, the death of a loved one, a school shooting, or house fires; we can’t always protect our children from the disasters that happen in the world. Unfortunately, many children will experience an emergency that will cause them distress. When an emergency happens, your child will likely be full of different emotions…. Read more »

Reading to Increase Communication Skills

Children start learning from the moment they are born. Everything they see, touch, smell, and hear is a new experience. By simply caring, talking, and playing with your baby or toddler, you can help to expand their language and communication skills. We’ve already learned that brain development begins before birthand that baby’s first three years… Read more »

Communicating with Family Members and Loved Ones

With so many parenting approaches out there, it seems that almost everyone has a different take or opinion when it comes to raising children. Have you noticed that you are raising your child differently than the way you were raised? If so, have you experienced your own family members questioning your approach? We’re here to… Read more »

Communicating with Your Pediatrician

Let’s face it, doctor’s offices can be intimidating. Whether you’re there for an annual check-up or because your child is sick, knowing how to talk to the pediatrician can make all the difference. After all, it is your child’s health and development we’re talking about!You know your child best because you are with them day in… Read more »