How to Discipline Without Raising the Decibel Level

Effective Alternatives to Yelling at Our Kids I was chatting with another mom at school pick-up recently, and she was telling me a story about how her daughter was screaming so loudly that she was worried about what the neighbors would think. I was secretly relieved to hear this because it made the sometimes overwhelming noise in my house seem normal, too. Some days the decibel level reaches such an alarming high that I feel the need to keep up and start yelling, too just to be heard. This is very frustrating to me because, as a teacher, I...

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Summer Water Precaution- How to Keep Your Kids Safe

Aqua Safety 101 Some of the most fun summer activities occur in water. They allow us to stay cool, be outdoors, and have a blast. However, one of the things all parents need to be aware of is the potential for a child to drown. Even though this is a difficult and scary topic, being educated about water safety is key to making your summer a great one. According to the CDC, children up to the age of 4 are most susceptible to drowning. They tell us that most child drownings occur in residential pools. However, this does not...

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Potty Training

Potty Training Made (Somewhat) Easy! Did you know that you can pay someone to potty train your child? Yes, you read correctly – for a large fee, (some people even charge up to $1000), someone will come to your house and teach your child how to pee and poop in the potty. Toilet training is something of a rite of passage for our toddlers, and common sense tells you that they will figure it out eventually. However, it is a topic that is very stressful to many busy parents. So, if you are one of those people who are...

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Thomas & Friends Sets Friendship In Motion!

Inspiring Frindships Big And Small Think about when you were in preschool. You had so many firsts that you were just discovering! You met new friends all the time, you learned how to interact, how to share, you learned about kindness, and also how to express your feelings and how to understand others feelings. It was a very exciting time to say the least. However, times are changing and we are officially living in a digital world. We are slowly losing that personal connection. Little kids know how to operate an iPad before they even learn how to talk....

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How to Raise Well-Mannered Children

Methods for Mastering Manners When I was a young teacher, I was greeting students one morning when the brother of one of my students came up to me. He shook my hand firmly and introduced himself while looking me in the eye. I could have fallen over I was so shocked because he was only eight years old! We all know many adults who do not know how to introduce themselves this eloquently. From that moment, I vowed that, when I had my own children, I would make sure they were this well-behaved. Well, it turns out that it...

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