Thoughtful Parenting columns


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Thoughtful Parenting: Take time to explore nature

Youth, by nature, have curious minds, and what better way to feed that desire than by discovering the splendor of the natural world.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about STDs

When it comes to STDs, adults need to understand the scope of the risk so that they can talk effectively with students about creating their own risk avoidance plans.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Strengthen your child’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

We live in a high pressure society where we sometimes hyper-focus on grades and test scores. However, there’s more to being successful in life than “book smarts.”

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Thoughtful Parenting: Autistic children frequently misunderstood

It is never easy being a parent. Even more daunting is being the parent of a child with autism and making choices about ridiculously expensive or hard-to-access therapies and programs that could impact the outcome of your child’s level of functioning forever.

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Thoughtful Parenting: April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child maltreatment is manifested in different ways. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System defines child physical abuse as “non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child.”

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Thoughtful Parenting: Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill were pursuing the same goal, which they never achieved. What happened?

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Thoughtful Parenting: The importance of reading

Read to your young child every day. The importance of taking time each day to read with your young child may not be evident right away, but by reading with your child, you are preparing him or her for a successful future in school and life in general.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Drinking for two

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that women who want to become pregnant stop drinking alcohol as soon as they stop using birth control. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend abstinence for preconceptional and pregnant women.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Can’t or won’t?

To help a child, adults must keep in mind there’s always a possibility the child cannot do what’s asked of him or her.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Preventing child sexual abuse

This topic is difficult, but it affects many children. Adults should learn about protecting children from sexual abuse.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Reframing the obesity epidemic conversation

Turns out, your health is far more influenced by your activity level than your weight.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Pygmalion Effect

Most of us have heard of the expression “self-fulfilling prophecy.” It is also called the Pygmalion Effect.

Thoughtful Parenting: Make children’s oral health a priority

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, making this a great time to focus on oral health for both you and your family.

Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding adoption

Not every family grows in the same way. While many parents experience the birth of their biological children, other parents experience the journey of adopting children who are forever theirs.

Thoughtful Parenting: Do as I say, not as I do

The discovery that our brains contain “mirror neurons” is relatively new in the field of neuropsychology. How, you might ask, does that have anything to do with positive parenting? The answer is that mirror neurons assist hugely in the development of empathy and attunement in very young children and older humans, as well.