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: 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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Thoughtful Parenting: Group endorses Referendum 3C

First Impressions of Routt County, the Early Childhood Education Council, endorse the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 Referendum 3C, which requests funding for full-day kindergarten.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Night out for parents

The Steamboat Teen Council is a group of teens in the Yampa Valley who work together to create a community in which teens have a voice in social, political, and environmental issues.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Divorce — child’s perspective

When I was 5 years old, my parents told me they were getting a divorce. At first, I thought it was a good thing, because they wouldn’t be arguing any more. Then, I wondered if it was my fault that they were arguing, because they didn’t agree on rules for me.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Do you have a plan?

Have you taken the time to make an emergency plan for your children?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Make pick-ups happy reunions

Long day? Overwhelmed by your to-do list, and the ice cream is melting in the car? Yes, you say? Let’s make those pick-ups peaceful and quick.

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