Top Ten earlychildhood Articles

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1. Managing Tantrums - Big Feelings
Before trying to address the cause of a tantrum, a focus on communication will help children to gain control of big feelings and find a more effective way to express those feelings.

2. Four Easy Diet Changes for Kids
Many parents want to improve their children’s diets, but don’t know where to begin. Here are four easy changes you can make today that can start kids down a path towards better nutrition.

3. Managing Tantrums - Focus on Communication
There are two discrete issues in every tantrum – the cause of the tantrum, and the problem of the tantrum itself. Before you (or your child) can deal with the former, you have to move away from the latter.

4. “Brave’s” Merida as a Role Model for Girls
There has been much discussion about whether Merida would finally be a “princess role model” that parents could get behind for their girls. This is an awful lot of pressure to put on one small character, but such as it is, I’d say she fits the bill nicely. Why I like Merida for my daughters...

5. Kids and The Hunger Games
Should kids read The Hunger Games? I read the series to assess the appropriateness for my daughter. Here's what I decided...

6. Managing Tantrums - First Steps
The first step of managing public tantrums is assessing location. Only then can parents focus on changing the communication and moving towards addressing the cause of the tantrum.

7. No Playing Indian at Thanksgiving
In response to the ongoing debate in my daughter's school district about whether it is appropriate to make Native American costumes and re-enact what is generally known as the First Thanksgiving, I decided to do some research on what is at the root of those who object to these traditions.

8. Power Struggles and Parental Anger
When your kids make you crazy, do you ever "plan" a way out? Games and humor to exit a power struggle with a young child can be one of the most effective ways to end conflict, reconnect, and ultimately create cooperation. Here's a couple ideas to diffuse parental anger during a power struggles.

9. Choosing Attachment Parenting
In my experience, parents don't usually "choose" attachment parenting, but find that it describes one of more of the practices that instinctively feel right to them.

10. The First Day of Kindergarten
The first day of Kindergarten is a huge milestone for children and parents. My experience with my daughter's first day of Kindergarten and thought on how to honor a child's and a parent's need to transition on this important day.



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