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Family Movie Night: 4 Films About Belonging and Fitting In

It’s Friday night, and another exhausting week of work and school is behind us. What could be better than to make some popcorn, pile pillows and blankets in the middle of the floor, and gather…

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5 Phrases to Help Handle “I’m So Bored!”

Most of us remember being bored as kids. And if your parents were anything like mine, there wasn’t a whole lot that they’d do to help us with that. But it sure feels like things…

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Instead of “Stop Crying,” Try These 8 Supportive Phrases

We parents are often uncomfortable with our kid’s big emotions, especially when those emotions are loud. And tearful. And especially-especially when they’re visible to others. Stop crying! Don’t cry! While those words might seem to…

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Family Movie Night: 4 Films That Can Help Your Child With Anger

Family movie night! Popcorn. Blankets. Laughter and excitement. What could be better?!? But movies can be even more than that. Movies can also be life lessons and opportunities for conversations with our kids. If there’s…

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Reasons kids lie

9 Reasons Kids Lie, and How to Address it Positively

Lying. What a difficult, negative thing to think about. The word liar drums up so many emotions, and none of them feel very good. But lies from children are more complicated than you might think….

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When your kids say, "I'm not smart enough."

“I’m Not Smart Enough.” 5 Healthy Responses For Kids Lacking Confidence

“I’m just not smart enough.” “I’ll never be able to do that.” “I wish I was different.” Is there anything more gut-wrenching than hearing your child question their own intelligence, abilities, or worth? You know…

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6 Phrases to Replace “Finish Your Food!”

You’ve used them. Your parents used them. Their parents used them. I’m talking about classic mealtime parenting phrases. Let’s see how many we can name: “Don’t play with your food.” “Chew with your mouth closed!”…

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Connection, Not Blame: 3 Tips to Help Kids With Mistakes and Motivation

Everyone makes mistakes, and nobody wants to feel guilt or shame when it happens. When we’re overwhelmed by the negative feelings associated with being blamed, it makes feeling motivated to learn or change super hard….

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