Category: Parenting

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15 Healthy Veganish Family Meals

A veganish diet is the answer to that feeling of defeatism that comes from browsing #cleaneating posts. It’s a whole food diet with an attainable approach. This attainability sets veganish eating apart from strict regimes and pointless “rules.” There’s only one veganish rule, really: Stay Calm and Avoid Processed Food

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The Importance of Household Chores for Kids

Kids hate doing chores. But are any of us over the moon about them, really? Chores are like Spanx. They’re both unsung heroes: Spanx of the form-fitting dress, chores of the average household. Most people notice the fabulous dress, never imagining the spandex scaffolding holding everything in. Same with cleaning

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What Is Non-Reactive Parenting?

Non-reactive parenting isn’t an absence of reaction. I’m not over here asking caregivers to be zombies. Non-reactive parenting is reacting strategically. It’s reacting neutrally when kids are being jerks (yeah, I said it) and reacting happily to children’s positive behavior. Non-reactive parenting is going off autopilot where adult feelings are

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6 Essential Early Literacy Skills

Early literacy is not learning to read. Early literacy is the development of the skills needed to be able to learn to read. Don’t get me (and child development experts) started on the madness that is expecting kindergartens to read. A huge part of early literacy involves awareness and appreciation

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12 Easy Developmental Easter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s hard to find easy developmental Easter activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Many Easter preschool and toddler activities are too complex, messy, and time-consuming. The crafts involve scissors or dreaded paper mache. There are too many steps; they ask toddlers for more attention and dexterity than they possess. Here’s a

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How to Talk with a Nonverbal Child

Though a nonverbal child may not answer (in a way that you’re used to), they’re as interested in conversation as anybody else. In this article, I’ll break down how to talk with a nonverbal child. He’s So Quiet… Says the super nice sales lady at the cosmetics counter. “Oh, he’s

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Sensory Activities For Autism

Sensory activities for autism help Big A (my autistic four-year-old son) make sense of his world. That sounds like a grand statement, especially since I’m talking about finger painting. But seriously. Put down the workbooks and grab some sticks from the back yard. While sensory activities are helpful to all

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12 Easy Developmental Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s hard to find easy developmental Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Many Christmas preschool and toddler activities are too complex, messy, and time-consuming. The crafts involve scissors or dreaded paper mache. There are too many steps; they ask toddlers for more attention and dexterity than they possess. Here’s a

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Survival Guide to Welcoming A New Baby: Sibling Edition

Welcoming a new baby to his siblings is a joyful time, sure. But it’s also a bit of a mess. Toddlers, with their lack of frontal lobe development, emotional regulation, and executive functioning skills, can take the arrival of a new sibling especially hard. That leaves newborn parents, already sleep-deprived,

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