The secrets to a stress-free morning routine

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Raising a self-reliant child not only benefits the child, it also benefits the parent. If you instill the desire to be independent early on, it will save you time in the long run! Teach children how to wash hands, to wash face, and to get dressed by themselves early on, and they will do it […]

Support vs. Over-Parenting – your child’s first job

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There is a fine line between supporting young adolescents and taking over for them. Going to job interviews with your child really conveys the message you do not think they can do it on their own. Let your children do things and fail. Learning from mistakes teaches resilience and self-reliance. Support and listen when they […]

Flu Shot Facts – The Bump

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Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Levine recommends that all children 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Under 6 months of age, parents and all caregivers should have the vaccine to protect their babies who are too young to receive […]

Why weaning from finger sucking can be harder than giving up the pacifier

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With a pacifier you can decide when to “pull that plug”, not so with fingers. By preschool age we can instruct them there are times and places where finger sucking is appropriate. Tell them it is ok to do it, but it is something they do in private. Most will give up the habit by […]

The best discipline for your young child

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When choosing a consequence for a misbehavior, consider how severe the misbehavior was. Create a consequence that is related to the misbehavior. Make sure it is a consequence you can follow through with. Have small repeatable consequences in your back pocket ready to go should a misbehavior occur.