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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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The Truth About Printing

Your child’s messy printing may be an indicator of what is happening inside their brain and body. The fine art of manipulating a writing utensil in order to print words requires a highly integrated brain-body system.  There is a lot more involved than meets the...

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Nature during a COVID-19 Holiday Season

Nature during a COVID-19 Holiday Season

"Get outside!", we are told.  There is less spread of infection when we are out of doors. The outdoors offers more than just prevention of illness; it offers great peace of mind.  The Holiday season can be exciting for children and adults, but it can also...

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Learning: Stick with It!

Learning: Stick with It!

Learning, no matter how it looks:  Stick with it!  Learning is worth it, and parents, I'm talking to you.  COVID-19 and its resultant teaching-at-home fall out has become a parent journey more than any other.  Parents have changed work hours and...

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Full Moon Connections

Full Moon Connections

Have you seen the moon, Suzanne?  My mom loved full moons. Even when I moved away, she would call me every full moon. If she didn't speak to me by phone, she would write a letter and marvel how we were both looking at the same moon at the same time.  I loved...

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