Paying Attention

Do your kids listen to you all of the time? Of course not. But sometimes, they tend to listen more than others, and it’s always a nice surprise around here when that happens.

You won’t believe how precisely my daughter listened to my directions at the mall yesterday.  I had taken her to the “jumpy” at the mall, which is her absolute favorite thing to do these days.

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Play and Health

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, Internet friends.  I’ve been mom-napped.  Summertime is here, and I swear my daughter knows exactly when I need a minute because she always gets into something or makes a mess.  Or dresses the dog up like a princess.

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How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

If you grew up listening to Madonna, you were probably raised during the era of “self esteem.”  Self esteem became a buzz word back in the 80s when our parents were encouraged to build our self esteems with positive praise.  Given the fact that adults thrive on positive praise, this approach makes sense…..and so many of us listened to positive praise, deserved or not, as we stood on the soccer fields or basketball courts.  Our parents, coaches, and teachers cheered for us whether or not we really deserved it, we “won” a ribbon regardless of victory, and most kids made the team regardless of skill……all in the name of self esteem. Continue reading “How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem” »

Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?

I can think of few things more heartbreaking than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), but new research is showing that there is more hope than previously thought.  Recent research suggests that aerobic exercise may reverse the symptoms of FAS. Continue reading “Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?” »