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27 Encouraging Phrases to Motivate Kids

Another great post from Amy McCready at Positive Parenting Solutions

Do you ever feel like the only words that come out of your mouth are direct orders? “Empty the trash, be nice to your sister, quit jumping on the couch!!!” A big part of preventing bad behavior, however, is to provide encouraging words More >

10 Ways to Get Creative with your Kids this Summer!

Tinkerlab, a great blog and resource, supports parents and teachers who want to raise confident and creative thinkers, through child-directed and process-oriented projects.

The blog is maintained by Rachelle Doorley, an experienced arts educator and community builder with a background in non-profit administration. Rachelle holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and More >

A Whole New Approach to School Discipline

In the article below, a new approach to discipline is discussed.  It seemed thought provoking enough to share, as it is a technique anyone could use with their children at home as well.  All too frequently, parents and caregivers get lost in the behavior occurring, and lose sight of helping More >

It’s that time of year again…

Graduation?  Summer?  Beach fun?  Bored children home on summer vacation, driving you crazy?!  Well, yes, it is about time for all of that, but… we were talking about TICKS!

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), ticks and tickborne diseases are becoming a serious problem in this country as people More >

Taming Tantrums: Parents’ Top 3 Mistakes

Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of “If I Have To Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program To Get Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling”. (Penguin, 2011); shares the top 3 mistakes parents make when attempting to ‘tame’ the tantrums!  As a “recovering yeller,” Amy is a More >

FREE Book Giveaway for Parents of Picky Eaters!

Super Healthy Kids, a blog and online resource for parents of picky eaters as well as those of us just wanting to raise kids with healthy eating habits; recently teamed up with Maryann Jacobson for a giveaway of her book, ‘Fearless Feeding’.  Maryann is a Registered Dietitian and author of a More >

FREE Webinar for Parents & Caregivers!

Child Care Aware® Parent Network Webinars, presented by child care experts, provide information about quality child care and other topics that are of interest to you. They are designed specifically for busy parents, grandparents, advocates, and professionals. Our educational webinars are always FREE!

Drowning Prevention- Everyone’s Responsibility May 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. Eastern

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Crisis & Disaster Resources for Parents

Not sure how to talk to your kids about traumatic events?  Child Care Aware of America is an organization which works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care.  They recently More >

5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Luminita D. Saviuc, of on… 5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem


“I hate the way I look” your child mutters turning away from the mirror in anger.

Or perhaps, “everyone is smarter than me” or “I’m no good at sports” or “I just can’t do anything right!”

The list goes on, and More >

101 Days of Summer Fun for Kids!

Stacie Nelson, from ‘Motherhood on a Dime‘; shares her experience in her quest to find and maintain balance as a mother.  She is always looking for new ways to simplify, organize, and do things more efficiently while still maintaining her creative, somewhat messy ways!  She also has a passion for More >