Positive Parenting

No Is Not a Bad Word: Tips for Respectfully Saying (and Hearing) It


By Kim DeMarchi When I was a child, I was not allowed to say no to my parents—not ever. Their parenting style was authoritarian, the old children-should-do-as-they’re-told-and-not-ask-questions approach to child-rearing. Nonetheless, I found plenty of rebellious ways to say no indirectly, especially as a preteen. (I’ll spare you the details, but it involved a lot

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The Straight Scoop on Teething and Sleep

Are those tiny teeth keeping your little one up at night? 
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What’s the deal with teething and sleep difficulties? That’s the kind of thing you find yourself wondering about at 2 a.m. when your very cranky little one just can’t seem to settle down. Like with many baby conundrums, from mysterious low-grade fevers and runny noses, to weird poops or general grumpiness, it’s easy to decree

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Follow Her Bliss: Help Your Child Find Her True Passions

Anne Leonardi helps the kids at her Champions before-and-after school program discover what they love.  

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To her elementary-aged students, Anne Leonardi is a real yes-man (actually, she’s a yes-woman). “I don’t like to say no,” says Leonardi. “I like to say, ‘Absolutely!’” A Site Director of the Champions before-and-after school program at Dugan Elementary in Marlboro, New Jersey, Leonardi also won a 2015 Early Childhood Educator Award. Her yes-we-can approach

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Tamale, Pierogi, Pecan Pie: Celebrate Your Family’s Culinary History

Teach your family's history by bringing history and your children into the kitchen! Photo © Cherish Bryck

Did you grandparents emigrate from another country but keep making perogies, tamales, or bánh tét? Can you remember the smell of your Texan grandmother’s famous pecan pie? Research shows that it’s important to share family history with our children. Here in America, where so many generational stories have been lost over the expanse of the

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