How do you raise a safety-minded child?  Make safety fun (not scary), and gradually empower her to make smart choices herself.

Fear Not: Teaching Safety with Positivity

Safety is one of the most important things we can teach children. Teaching it positively makes all the difference. This summer, we launched new thematic units for preschool and prekindergarten, including “Staying Safe.” Safety lessons are essential—and how we teach them is just as important. Rather than telling children what not to do, we teach

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The Power of Pause: In Praise of Calm

By Kim DeMarchi Here’s a scenario you’ve likely experienced: You’re trying to thumb-type an email on your mobile, but your child is constantly grabbing your shirt, trying to get your attention. You try ignoring the behavior (which doesn’t work), and then, you REACT:  “Stop! Just a minute!! Can’t you see I’m busy?!” How are you

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Mr. Softie = Me

You can always tell the size of the doghouse I’m in by what type of movie my wife uses to inflict her retribution. When I’ve stepped in a small pile, I’m merely shackled to a breezy rom-com. But if I’ve really messed up? If groveling is in order? Punishment comes in the form of the dreaded

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“Caaaaarrrryyy Me, Mama!” Should you?

“Carry me, maaaama!” There she is, arms outstretched, looking up at you with pleading eyes: in the parking lot, in the kitchen, whether or not your hands are filled with groceries, laundry, or a baby sibling. This is a common toddler demand, and one parents are happy to honor when children are very small. But

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50-50 Parenting: Hallmark of the Modern Dad

I was raised in a single-parent household which, unfortunately, wasn’t that uncommon for many kids growing up in the early 1980s. I saw my mom take on way too much for one person and sometimes—strong and fearless as she was—stagger under the weight. It taught me two things: No. 1, I didn’t want to raise

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