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Saying No to Granny’s Kisses

Saying No to Granny’s Kisses

When families get together, relatives have a tendency to swoop down on young children and slather them with hugs and kisses.  From Granny’s point of view, this is a darling child she hasn’t seen for weeks, or possibly months.  But things look different for the young child.   Who is this stranger? I don’t remember her. Those kisses are too juicy. I don’t want to be hugged like that.   Some children are ready for an affectionate reunion at any time, but many kids need help setting boundaries. Kids have the right not to be touched – even by Granny ...

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The playground is a place to learn one of life’s greatest lessons

The playground is a place to learn one of life’s greatest lessons

Watching children interact, connect and play together is truly inspiring. But what to do when there is a playground bust up?  There is a key lesson to help our kids on the playground and in life. We can teach our children to play nicely, share their toys, be kind to others, but who wants their child to be a pushover? Not me and certainly not when he grows up.   You’re chatting with your friend and responsibly keeping your child safely in your sights when you hear him say “Stop I don’t like it” just the way you taught him.  ...

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Three Risks your Daughter Needs

Three Risks your Daughter Needs

Watch out!  Be careful!  Stop running – you might fall. Like most parents, you probably spend a lot of your time trying to keep your daughter safe.  When’s the last time you thought about how to give her risk? Kids need risk.  Girls, especially, are often protected from it.  And that stunts their growth and potential. Risk is simply part of being human. It’s how we learn, make mistakes, gain self-confidence and come up with new ideas.  It’s how we make new friends, cope with conflict and stand up for ourselves.  Risk gives children the chance to try out the ...

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