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Natural vs artificial motivators for kids

Natural vs artificial motivators for kids

Natural vs artificial motivators for kids There is a balance between using natural motivators and artificial motivators to encourage a child to behave appropriately. Earning stickers or having a reward jar is a great way to increase motivation initially, but...

When parents don’t parent the same

When parents don’t parent the same

When parents don’t parent the same Scenario 1: A 12-year-old girl comes home from a friend’s house 30 minutes later than when her dad asked her to be home. She nervously walks in the door and her dad sternly explains that she cannot play the next day because she did...

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children

5 keys for raising emotionally healthy children Raising emotionally healthy children is a common desire all parents strive for. But what does being “emotionally healthy” actually mean? Answering this question can help in addressing the emotional needs of a child and...

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent

Using Parenting classes to make you a better parent Before I was a parent, I had all sorts of ideas about how to raise children. My children were going to be adorable: the happy children that never threw tantrums over the (cruelly placed) giant lollipops at the...

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores Chore charts. A quick search online will yield an almost limitless supply of colorful printables, ideas for positive rewards, and lists of age appropriate chores. However, even though there is plenty of information on the...

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids The Skill of Effective Communication is used in all of the other skills taught by Smarter Parenting. This one skill can help you connect more effectively with your children, spouse, and others. It is not easy and...

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect What is therapy and what should parents expect from children going to therapy? We answer these questions below and provide suggestions for parents to help them find the best treatment for their child. What is therapy Therapy is a...

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids Internet access is available to children all around the globe. It can be a positive thing and also dangerous. Because most children are naive, innocent and gullible, most parents ask themselves how they can keep...

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play Anxiety in children is classified by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worrying about future events. This can manifest in physical, behavioral, and emotional ways making it difficult for your child to function normally...

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