4 Ways to Help Your Quarantined Tween Preserve Friendships – Parents Article

Source: Steinar-Engeland/Unsplash In the best of times, tween friendships are tricky and shifting, inevitably hitting snags. Being cut off from peers during the pandemic leave some feeling left out or bullied online or an open target for gossip. Phyllis Fagell, a psychotherapist, school counselor and author of Middle School Matters, provides insights into what your child may be experiencing or feeling with concrete approaches you can use to help your tweens and teens during this period of social isolation and…

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How Can I Encourage Family And Friends To Support Our Parenting Style? – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email Helping family and close friendships understand you and how you parent can be tricky. They mean well, but may not fully understand how to support you. But there are ways you can encourage them and help them gain a healthy understanding. Once we know the importance attachment and bonding play in a healthy upbringing, we tend to parent differently. Children from traumatic pasts have had their initial attachment disrupted, so we must…

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Now They See Them, Then They Don’t: Imaginary Companions – Parents Article

Source: Jelleke Vanooteghem/Unsplash You can’t help but smile when your 3-year-old tells you her pretend friend’s name is HaHa. “No kidding!” her mother laughs. Because they have no brothers or sisters to play with, people often assume that only children like HaHa’s creator have more imaginary friends than children with siblings. This myth, started by psychologist G. Stanley Hall in 1896 and long-debunked, continues to be perpetuated.  But recently, Japanese researchers Yusuke Moriguchi and Naoya Todo found it is more likely…

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Imaginary Friends: Who Has Them? – Parents Article

Source: Jelleke Vanooteghem/Unsplash You can’t help but smile when your 3-year-old tells you her pretend friend’s name is HaHa. “No kidding!” her mother laughs. Because they have no brothers or sisters to play with, people often assume that only children like HaHa’s creator have more imaginary friends than children with siblings. This myth, started by psychologist G. Stanley Hall in 1896 and long-debunked, continues to be perpetuated.  But recently, Japanese researchers Yusuke Moriguchi and Naoya Todo found it is more likely…

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Friendships Formed In Group Stayed Stitched Together – Parents Article

To celebrate Parenting Now!’s (formerly known as Birth To Three) recent 40th anniversary, Sue Fleming—along Colleen Biggs, Mardell Eastburn, Sandi Sanders, Nancy Bischof, and Jean Severns—donated 40 handmade baby quilts to Parenting Now!. It’s a tradition the group—made up of many former Birth To Three members—started 15 years ago as a way to stay connected as friends as well as give back to the organization that formed their friendship. Friendships formed When Sue Fleming was contacted 40 years ago about…

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Parenting Takes A Village – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Parenting Takes A Village This article appeared in the January 14, 2019 edition of the Register-Guard.  We are social creatures by nature. In the earliest years of our existence on Earth, our survival depended on having family and friends in our village to feed, shelter and comfort us. Today’s world is vastly different from the early hunter-gatherer days. But there is one thing that has not changed: our need for social support. Without proper social support, parents are at an…

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Our Anniversary Trip to Tennessee! – Parenting Twins Article

Every year my husband and I get the wonderful opportunity to take an anniversary trip together (thanks Mom!) and this year we decided to go to Nashville, Tennessee! I had the chance to spend a day in Nashville with one of my BFF’s when I was helping her move halfway across the country to Texas. When I visited for a day, I KNEW it was a place Jose and I had to visit together! We have no regrets as it…

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Lessons Learned From a New Hip – Single Dad, Parents Article

Closing in on two weeks since I had total hip replacement surgery – and before anyone asks doing really well.  There are some lessons learned from a new hip installed that are worth noting (if not sharing). “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”  This is what most people who I know who had the surgery said to me going into it.  And generally I agree – I can say there was one minor complication in the hospital, but I woke…

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Evolution of Thankful – Dad the Single GuyDad the Single Guy – Single Dad, Parents Article

As I sat at the Thanksgiving table last night with my kids, my mom and friends I realized while the meaning behind Thanksgiving doesn’t change, we can (and I’d argue should be) aware of the evolution of thankful wrapped in the day. Without going through my entire history – Risa and I were married a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. After our honeymoon, we came home, ate turkey with our families and headed off for Dallas and what we expected…

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Last Camping Trip of the Season – Single Mom Unschooling – Single Mum, Parents Article

We have a standing yearly camping trip every Labor Day weekend with friends. They’re so close, we feel like family. Their children consider B a cousin. It’s a lovely tradition. Watching our children, their three and my one, grow and change every year is my favorite part. We’ve done this several years and it becomes less labor intensive and more relaxing each time. The children have matured and have more freedom/ autonomy. B has always enjoyed fishing at this campground.…

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