Parenting Younger Children

5 Effective Strategies for Parenting During a Pandemic – Parents Article

Social distancing has increased parenting responsibilities and limited parents’ self-care resources, creating more stress and anxiety in many households. To cope with the sudden changes in routine brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, parents must adopt new parenting strategies designed to balance their needs with the needs of their children. Parents must also learn how to step into new roles, as they’re now serving as educators in addition to being caregivers – often while simultaneously working from home. If not…

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The Trouble With Boredom or How to Help the Under-Engaged Child – Parents Article

With schools and extra-curriculum activities being completely shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, our children are locked at home and have to go through major adjustments. While talking to parents, I learned that most of them quickly gave up on screen time restrictions as they don’t want to hear constant complaints from their children about how bored they are. Yet, boredom is rarely caused by a lack of things to do.Have you ever wondered why some children can…

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How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus – Parents Article

With cases of coronavirus continuing to mount around the world, it’s all but impossible to shield kids from news that make them anxious. Though COVID-19 virus generally does not cause serious illness in children, that doesn’t stop kids from worrying about the implications of dealing with a frightening new disease. Kids can be exposed to misinformation about coronavirus, either on the playground or through social media, that makes COVID-19 seem more grave than it actually is. Children can also absorb…

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How To Help Your Anxious Child Thrive at School – Parents Article

Anxiety is challenging to endure no matter where your child is. At school, however, it can quickly become intolerable. Many otherwise bright, ambitious children fail to achieve their full academic potential because the education system is not set up to meet their needs. If you have an introverted and worry-prone child, you therefore need to be proactive in preparing him (or her) to deal with the school environment.Understanding the Needs of the Anxious Child            Before you can help your child,…

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When ‘Sorry’ is a Bad Word – Parents Article

“Sorry” isn’t a word we typically think about critically. After all, it’s used as either a harmless courtesy or a heartfelt gesture of penitence by most of us. For young girls, however, the habit of apologizing too often can become harmful. Think, for example, of the young woman who prefaces her opinions with the words “Sorry, but…”  Or the girl who seldom expresses her views without saying, “I could be wrong…” beforehand. In my experience, this form of apologetic behaviour…

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How To Nurture Your Child’s Inner Optimist – Parents Article

Failure is a normal part of life, but for a young child encountering it for the first time it can feel absolutely crushing. Most parents are already familiar with just how intensely kids experience defeat: they’ve seen their child refuse to ever ride a bike again after falling off a few times, for example, or heard her call herself “terrible” at sports after being unable to hit a baseball.             While it’s perfectly normal for children to hit a “wall”…

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A Guide To Authoritative Parenting – Parents Article

            For decades, parents have argued over which approach to child-rearing works best: Should parents fill the role of strict disciplinarians, or should they allow their children to learn their own lessons freely? Does authoritarian parenting beget rebellion, or is it overly lenient parenting that really encourages children to act out uncontrollably?            If you’re caught in the middle of this debate and unsure how to proceed, you’ll be glad to know there’s a sensible middle-ground. Since the mid-1960s, one parenting…

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How To Teach Your Child Deal With Frustration And Prevent Meltdowns – Parents Article

Few things about children baffle parents and teachers as much as sudden meltdowns. Sometimes a child is generally caring, gregarious, and insightful, but the moment she becomes frustrated by a task, fireworks begin. If this only happens occasionally, it’s probably nothing to worry about. When it happens frequently, however, it can lead to problems with learning and socialization.            If your child struggles with chronic meltdowns, the first thing to understand is that they’re generally not as sudden and unpredictable as…

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How To Raise Compassionate Children In A Dangerous World – Parents Article

As most parents realize all too well, we’re living in violent times. From gang and terrorist activity to the prevalence of violence in video games and TV shows, everywhere we look today we’re confronted with aggression. Understandably, many parents find themselves worrying that it may not be possible to raise caring, compassionate children within such an environment.            While it’s true that, as a parent, you can’t protect your child from all of the negative influences he (or she) will encounter,…

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How To Moderate The Desire To Control Your Defiant Child? – Parents Article

            Other than seeing harm come to their children, what’s every parent’s worst nightmare? For most, it’s feeling out of control—that helpless, sickening feeling that arises when a child simply refuses to comply, no matter what you do.            The majority of parents only have to deal with defiant behaviour of this caliber occasionally, or as part of a normal developmental phase (such as the rebelliousness that accompanies the preteen years). For others, however, it’s an entrenched part of everyday life.…

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