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Teens and Peer Relationships

Teens and Peer Relationships

Everyone needs to belong and feel connected with others; this need for acceptance, approval, and belonging is especially important during the teen years. Adolescents who feel isolated from family or rejected by friends are more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Peer pressure can impair good judgment and lure a teen away from positive influences [...]
Talking To Your Teen About Sex

Talking To Your Teen About Sex

As children enter their teen years and develop a strong interest in the opposite sex, they become intent on learning all they can about the facts of life. The question for parents is, who will teach them? Although we often find it difficult to discuss the subject of sex with our children, it is important [...]
Talking With Your Preschooler

Talking With Your Preschooler

As your child moves beyond the toddler years her language skills improve and attention span lengthens. These developmental advances now make it possible to hold sustained conversations. Instead of talking in simple phrases, which may have been more appropriate for her when she was a toddler, you can now express complete ideas. Following is a [...]
Talking and Singing to Your Baby

Talking and Singing to Your Baby

Why is it important to talk and sing to your baby? Your baby learns about his world primarily through you, the parent! By communicating through speech, touch and shared attention you not only develop a special bond with your baby, but also influence her intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Infants NEED one on one interaction [...]
Praise

Praise

Children learn who they are and what they are like from other people. The ways in which parents and other adults treat a child largely determines how that child feels about himself. It is essential to a child’s self esteem and feelings of self worth to hear encouraging words every day! One of the most [...]
Dealing with Children’s Fears

Dealing with Children’s Fears

Children’s fears are a common, natural aspect of development. They tend to change as children mature and grow. Below are some common childhood fears and what you can do to help. Infancy: Emerging fears of strangers and separation from parents Toddler: Fears of monsters, weather, dark places and big, often hairy animals School age: Isolation, [...]

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