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7 Tips for Parenting Your 2-year-old. Inside: 7 science-backed tips for parenting your two year old.

7 Tips for Parenting Your 2-year-old

The early toddler years are both joyful and difficult, but once you understand their development, it puts it all in perspective. The first time I did research with two-year-olds was a wake-up call. Previously, I had only worked with little babies and older children. 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child. It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments. 1. “Can you draw it?” Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with an outlet for their feelings when they can’t use their words.


Instilling gratefulness in a generation that thinks they deserve it all. 100 Books That Build Character. Every now and then a situation presents itself where I find myself looking for that just-right book to read to my class — one that will serve as an example of good character or act as a literary pep talk for my students.

100 Books That Build Character

It might be a book on caring after we’ve had an incident of unkindness, a book on fairness after an especially tough recess, a book on honesty after someone’s eraser collection goes missing, or maybe a book on perseverance to let a student who may be finding something particularly challenging know that it will all work out. I am fortunate to suffer from a first-world problem of having many, many books in my personal library, which means I often can’t remember which book may be the best for the situation at hand. (Okay, maybe that's just old age kicking in!) To solve my problem, I recently decided to go through my collection of books and organize them into categories using Scholastic’s Book Wizard.


Character. Growth Mindset resource and. Why do kids need to learn to struggle?

Growth Mindset resource and

As adults we all know the most rewarding experiences in life often involve significant struggle and sacrifice at some stage. Personally the greatest joys in my life have all come with some form of struggle… Being married. We are very happily married, but that doesn’t mean we are always very happy with one another. Being a parent. Staying healthy. Being a teacher. Without the ability to struggle life becomes very limited. A fear of struggling will stop students from trying something they are not 100% certain they will succeed at with ease.

The list of things we know we can all succeed at in the adult world probably consists of 1) breathing 2) eating chocolate 3) sitting on the couch watching The Bachelorette. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Bachelorette, but I hope people aren’t talking about it at my funeral. Mmunicrate worksheets. Sugar Aunts: Quick As A Cricket Activity Teach Empathy. 'YourKids' Teacher: Erasing Meanness. When my kids came back from spring break this week, they were greeted with shampooed carpets, new collaboration desk clusters, fully stocked common desks, rotated book titles, and one less fish.

'YourKids' Teacher: Erasing Meanness

I forgot to bring back Skittles, our classroom fish, who was still sitting on the entertainment center at home. It was very much a fresh start for everyone after the winter grind that brought long streaks of indoor recess, multiple rounds of state and district testing, and a consistent escalation of what my kids call "drama. " I call it meanness. For the two weeks or so before spring break, there was a noticeable increase in student counseling , calls from concerned parents, and tears in the 6th grade.

Student factions were constantly shifting their allegiances, leaving what were once friends, literally and figuratively standing out in the cold. Monday, as the kids began sleepily doing their morning work and listening to welcome back announcements, I started to clean the main whiteboard. Ways to Create Open-Minded Children. 6 Tips for Raising Internally Motivated Children (& Why!) SENSORY ORGANIZING TIP OF THE DAY: BACK-TO-SCHOOL THE SENSORY WAY – MORNING ROUTINES. A big part of supporting the Back-to-School transition has nothing to do with school — it happens in the many transitions at home around preparing for school.


It happens in the morning as our kids get ready for the day at school and/or in the afternoon / eventing as our kids prepare for the next day at school. These many transitions and tasks at home are also where small changes and simple supports can be a powerful tool for our sensory kids. The morning transition can be one of the more challenging transitions as many of our rigid, anxious, or distracted kids have a hard time waking up in the morning, have anxiety about school in general, and/or know they will be working hard to pay attention and hold in together for the next 6 hours. 11 Ways To Raise A Grateful Child — BonBon Break. “Thank you for making dinner, Momma.”

11 Ways To Raise A Grateful Child — BonBon Break

“Thank you for my new toy.” “Thank you for reading to me.” “Little Brother, thanks for the balloon. Thanks for getting my favorite color.” When I hear my boys say these things, unprompted by me, I feel…well…thankful. So, just how do parents raise grateful children? 1. 2. 3. Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling. The other evening, dinner was approaching.

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

I poked my head out of the kitchen and asked ever so cheerfully for my children to put away their books and toys and start getting ready for dinner. “Uhm…uhm..” Was the general answer but I saw no real action. My request was…ignored. When children don’t listen (and by listen we usually mean cooperate or comply) it can be a button pushing moment. 22 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week - Has anyone else noticed how crazy easy it is to get overwhelmed with all of the things we want to teach and work on with our kids?

22 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week -

We see their struggles and insecurities, and we want to take each one head on. But for me at least, wanting to do everything usually leaves me doing a dozen things on a surface level instead of a few things wholeheartedly. At the beginning of the year, my husband and I decided to focus on just three things this year with our children. That way we wouldn’t get so distracted by all the shiny objects (taekwondo!

Swim team! Mighty Mommy : 8 Strategies for Dealing with a Defiant Child. When a child acts out and demonstrates defiant behavior, there is usually a reason behind it.

Mighty Mommy : 8 Strategies for Dealing with a Defiant Child

Whether it’s just looking for attention, testing boundaries, or frustration about school or social life, taking the time to understand why your child is acting out is often a big part of the solution. There are circumstances, however, when this behavior is the result of a more serious condition known as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or another more significant emotional issue. But in the absence of these, more serious ailments, the average child will most definitely test your limits while growing up. The following strategies have helped me with my own brood.

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