Positive Parenting

Hugs and Love and Everything Nice: How to Fill Your Child’s “Emotional Bank Account”

When it comes to a child's emotional coffers, parents  hold the purse strings.

In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey likens relationships to emotional bank accounts. We all understand how bank accounts work in the financial world.  When we regularly make deposits, our accounts grow, and we have security should something unexpected happen.  If we only make withdrawals, our accounts are quickly depleted

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Making Friends: How to Raise Kind and Caring Kids

Parents have  a big role to play in helping children become loving adults. Photo (c) Brian Powell/Stocksy United

We all want our children to have good friends—and to be a good friend to others. But friendship doesn’t have the same meaning to a toddler as it does to an adult. “In the early years, it’s less about the friendships themselves and more about parents fostering and modeling the social skills children will need

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Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

Your encouragement is his motivation. Photo © Rob and Julia Campbell/Stocksy United

Hattie Mae Covington is a veritable toilet learning legend—no wonder when you consider she’s been teaching 2-year-olds for 39 years at a KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. Every day she helps toddlers work toward and achieve this major milestone. Want a little at-home assistance? Here Hattie Mae shares her seven real-world strategies for effective (and

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Sleep Well! The Art of Napping at Childcare

Photo © Alison Winterroth/Stocksy United

Even if your child is typically a super snoozer at-home, napping at school is often a concern for parents, especially during times of transition—like starting in a new classroom. Our teachers understand the worry; but rest assured, they help thousands of children every day get the good, restful naps they need. “Our teachers meet every

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