Thoughtful Parenting columns

This weekly column about parenting issues is written by area child care professionals. It publishes on Wednesdays in the Steamboat Today.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and domestic violence

A simple question parents often ask is, “What does my child need?” Children need a home that is safe and loving and free of violence and parents who protect them. Home should provide a sense of stability, with comfort and support.

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Thoughtful Parenting: February National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that cavities are the most common childhood disease? The good news is that cavities are almost 100 percent preventable.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

During winter months, even as Northwest Colorado residents enjoy activities in the fresh mountain air, they also tend to spend more time indoors, breathing indoor air. If stoves or furnaces malfunction, families can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Importance of emotion coaching

As a parent, or another adult in a child’s life, one role you can play is that of an emotion coach.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and trauma

No parent wants to believe his or her child has endured a traumatic experience.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Responses to neutralize arguments

Kids know arguing is a good way to get attention from their parents, even if it is negative. They also know if they’re persistent enough, their parents will eventually concede.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Allow children to solve their own problems

The fix-it parent often unknowingly sends the message that children cannot handle the challenges in front of them. As a result, they never get to know what it feels like to succeed.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Teaching youth about healthy relationships

Because we know that healthy people know how to ask for what they need, we want students to understand how to be holistically healthy and understand the components of healthy relationships.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Resolutions for the New Year

But in order to change behavior, we also need to a find a way to motivate our emotional self — actually get excited about making the change.

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Thoughtful parenting: From tantrums, tears to reflection, learning

When we think of discipline, we often think, “Aaaargh! My child is acting so spoiled and out of control. I’d better get a handle on this with some strong discipline!” Then, we try to figure out the appropriate punishment or consequences to help our child get with the program.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Holiday options for families in need

Many families in our community experience increased stress and financial burdens around the holidays — higher energy costs, increased child care costs as schools are closed, an expectation of gifts, seasonal illnesses and more.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Behavior problems have varied causes

What can you do if your child is struggling with a behavior or mood problem? The starting place in helping them is to determine whether the problem is simply a normal adjustment reaction to a stressful situation.

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Thoughtful Parenting: I'm such a good parent, thought no one, ever

There is no other job in which you receive so much unsolicited advice as parenting. The noise of this advice, combined with your own internal uncertainty, creates endless doubt.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Do you know what I know?

When are children able to know that others think differently than they do and have different preferences, wants and needs?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Applied Behavior Analysis useful therapeutic tool

Applied Behavior Analysis, the science of behavior change, is a proven effective method for changing undesirable behavior.

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