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On Being Bored

“I’m bored,” says the child. Every parent in the world wants to roll their eyes when their child says this. The parents look at their own to do list and very much wish that they could find time to be bored. What is boredom? Is there really such a thing? Boredom is a...

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The importance of “I like myself” when making friends

“I’m Hayden and I am 4 ½”, said a fellow fisherman at a rustic mountain lodge. My two brothers and I had just arrived. I grabbed a plate of dinner and chose to sit right across from Hayden giving him a friendly smile. At 4 ½ , Hayden had a lot of life experiences to...

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Chewing, Biting, and Banging, Oh my!

As an occupational and physical therapist, I have the pleasure of working with young families. Recently a mom and her nearly-two child visited me. Mom’s concerns were her child’s tendency to place non-edible items in her mouth, occasional biting others, and a habit of...

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Calming strategies

Does your child prefer outside play to indoors? Do they tend to move fast, sometimes too fast? Does your child not want to sit still and, if they do, it’s only briefly. Too brief to read a story? Is your child starting to make responsible decisions to help with...

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Instant Gratification: Implications Now and in the Future

What we want may vary, but when we want it is now! Adults and children alike have limited tolerance for delays in getting what we want. Depending on our culture and as we mature, we develop a sense for how long things take. An oil change for our car, fast food...

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The Inconsistent Child

When smart kids can’t keep up to their peers during PE and recess, they can feel upset about their physical performance. In the classroom, everyone wants to partner with the smart students. On the soccer field, however, they are the last to be picked for team play....

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Why Does My Child Bump Into Things?

Sometimes children seem to be completely unaware of colliding into furniture and people. They step on top of toys, bang their shoulder when going through door frames and move through other students or siblings when needing to grab the glue bottle. Let’s discuss any...

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Total Meltdowns: Understanding Works Best

Neuro-typical and non-neuro-typical kids get frustrated. When children are very small, we hold our child and comfort them. Almost as if they are back in the safety of the womb, we snuggle their entire being and rock them while using a soothing voice to calm their...

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Happy Kids, Happy Life at the Dinner Table

“I just want to have a happy, peaceful meal.” What parent hasn’t said this? There is a moment in the evolution of every young family that a peaceful and happy dinner seems impossible. Check out Kristie’s house where Wednesday night dinner is more hectic than usual. In...

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Mommy Guilt

Katie was upset, “I don’t know where I should be!” Katie’s daughter was sick again and Katie’s work was already short-staffed. She was pulled in two directions, equally loving her new job and equally recognizing that she (and not her family member babysitter) should...

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Shyness Is Like Skiing

I have a friend who teaches skiing. We’ve been friends since we skied together as young adults in the amazing Rocky Mountains more than a couple decades ago. Both of us have grown children now. Too bad we live in different parts of the continent, as I know our kids...

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Parenting During Covid: Part 3

                 Improve Spatial Awareness and Say Good-bye to Reading Problems and Dyslexia What’s the difference in the physical appearance of the lower case letters d, p, and b? Look at...

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Starting and Stopping Games

“Time to finish,” calls mom as her child continues to color. “Color one more truck and then it's time to finish.”  No response. “OK, one more minute then time to stop”. Does this sound like your home? Starting activities with your child can be hard, but stopping...

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Toileting Troubles: Good bye!

There is so much to toileting besides the obvious. Whether or not your child successfully voids while seated on the toilet, is less important than the behavior, actions and routine of toileting. Let your focus be on teaching independence in getting on and off the...

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Controlling Covid: We’ve Got This part 1

Viruses require genetic material to exist. When a plant grows from a seed, it knows how to grow because of little pockets of information inside the cells.  These little pockets are like tiny, microscopic libraries. They have tons of information, like a cloud based...

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 Happiness tip: Pretend every day is Valentine’s Day

   Happiness tip: Pretend every day is Valentine’s Day Have you ever stopped to consider that the heart is the brain behind the brain? When the heart is functioning optimally, a cascade of chemicals, peptides, and hormones are released that facilitate brain...

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