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Navigating Divorce with Children

The Child First Principle Divorce and separation raises scores of challenges for parents and children.  Also, situations can vary greatly from one family to the next.  There are, however, some things you can do to make the process less stressful on your family.  If your interactions with your former spouse or partner are all pleasant, then there may be fewer issues.  If there is any conflict, first and foremost be guided by the child first principle.  That means, ask yourself whether what you are doing at the moment and in the presence of your child is primarily in your own interest or in your child's interest.  A conflict or argument that is heated may be addressing an important issue, but is likely to have a [...]

By |November 1st, 2015|For Parents|

Here Comes the Homework!

Every new school year presents new challenges.  One of the biggest and most dreaded is homework.  Homework doesn't have to be a fight.  Here are some tips to help get you and your child off to a happy homework place this year. Establish a distraction free zone to do homework. Choose and stick to an approximate start time. Have proper materials and let your child choose them. Use a teacher involved daily assignment sheet. Stay calm and be specific when you are telling your child to start homework. Praise your child's efforts before correcting mistakes. Take a break if things get heated. Set up a plan to reinforce homework if it is difficult, your child can earn small rewards or privleges for doing it calmly [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|For Parents|

Back To School Routines

School activities are a huge departure from summer days filled with camp, trips, and late bed times.  The transition back to school may not be easy for children or parents.  As your child begins school, work on developing the routine and rituals of getting ready on time, having breakfast, and getting out the door for the school bus or ride.  Getting into these daily routines can be a major source of tension in many families.  Nagging and shouting often occur naturally as the parent tries to get their child moving in the morning.  Remember to keep the tensions down and stay calm.  If your child is not great at one part of the routine (getting out of bed and dressed on time), you can help.  Perhaps clothes for [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|For Parents|

How to Avoid Summer Vacation Meltdowns

A family vacation is a great way to spend time together and make lasting memories.  It can also be a recipe for disaster.  Here are some tips to help make your vacation more enjoyable. Long car rides.  A road trip is a popular way to get to your family vacation spot.  Hours in the car, can also be very difficult for children.  Everyone is tired, hungry and sick of sitting.  Be sure to pack snacks, activities, and take breaks for kids to get out and stretch and run a little. While you are away.  Although family vacations are exciting, for many children being away from home and usual routines can be stressful.  Consider establishing something as routine while you are away.  Maybe you continue to [...]

By |June 14th, 2015|For Parents|

Family Summer Time

School is almost out and that can be a relief for many families.  During the school months, getting children up and out of the house on time, making special arrangements for after school or sick days, getting homework done, and so on is hectic.  Summer can be a welcome and valuable break from these struggles, but of course has its own challenges and opportunities. Summer is a great time for family activities.  It is beneficial for a family to have at least one activity in which family members are together.  How expensive the event is, how much excitement the event brings to the child, and how many souvenirs are bought are not important.   Family activities can increase a child's psychological and behavioral well-being.  Going to a sporting event, [...]

By |June 14th, 2015|For Parents|

Choosing the Right Activities for Your Child And Practice

Many parents want to have their child participate in lessons or activities of some kind to learn a new skill or develop a competence.  These can include lessons in one of the arts (dance, music) or sports (gymnastics, swimming, martial arts).  These activities often represent challenges for parents including selecting which activity, managing transportation, encouraging the child to practice, and of course the costs. It can be valuable to have your child learn a new area of competence.  In selecting which activities are best for your child, there are a few considerations that may be helpful. Give priority to activities that can be lifelong. For example, developing an interest in a team sport such as baseball may not be lifelong, but physical activity and exercise [...]

By |April 14th, 2015|For Parents|
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— The Everyday Parenting Toolkit

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