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Summer Brain Drain Be Gone: Play is the Key

07/20/2017 11:52:00 AM

It's summertime. We are all supposed to be on a more relaxed pace, right? No more homework or science fairs, at least for a few months. But all over the place, you see workbooks for preventing the "summer slide" or online programs to help keep ...

How Breaking the Attachment Parenting "Rules" Taught Me One of the Best Lessons

05/19/2017 15:10:00 PM

I clearly remember sitting in my first mom support group 7 years ago. It was summer in Texas so I was sweating from carrying my son in his car seat into the meeting. I was also sweating because I was nervous.Would he cry the whole meeting? ...

Are Video Games Ruining Our Children?

03/16/2017 10:34:00 AM

There are so many things to worry about as a parent--is my child eating healthily, is he/she developing well, am I letting her watch too much TV, etc. The list could go on for miles. In recent years, one topic that has dominated many media ...

The Scientific Reason Why Yelling Doesn't Work

02/16/2017 12:22:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how the emotion used in your voice affects how your kids listen or understand what you tell them? No doubt most of us have had moments where we “lost it” with our kids and raised our voice or yelled at them. This ...

Play: The Engine that Drives Kids' Problem Solving

01/19/2017 17:24:00 PM

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you have probably picked up on the idea that learning through play is really at the heart of early education. Research is continuing to show how toddler, preschoolers (and even early ...

What To Teach Your Children About Failure

12/16/2016 02:00:00 AM

Are you familiar with the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Remember than song about failure? Here's a reminder:Every bursted bubble has a glory!Each abysmal failure makes a point!Every glowing path that goes astray,Shows you how to find a better ...

Parents Grow, Too

12/15/2016 07:35:00 AM

We parents sometimes seem to get over-occupied with monitoring our children’s inches and ounces while guiding their steps in the social, emotional,  linguistic, cognitive and whatever-else department. Our efforts to safeguard our offspring’s ...

What Dory and Nemo Can Teach Us About Parenting

11/17/2016 10:08:00 AM

My boys (ages 3 and 7) are finally old enough to (mostly) sit through a movie in an actually theater (imagine that!). I took advantage of that feat this summer and we enjoyed a couple of kid movies during those long, hot afternoons. Like millions ...

Giving Kids Choices: The Parent's Guide

10/20/2016 09:57:00 AM

If you are the parent of a young child you know that

When Tragedy Strikes What do we tell our Children?

09/26/2016 19:29:00 PM

by: Dyan EybergenIn light of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 it proves prudent to address what to tell our children in the wake of disaster. When tragedy strikes, such as recent mass shootings, it’s important to keep a balance by letting ...

The Subtle Beauty of Child Development

09/15/2016 09:55:00 AM

There is has been a lot of talk in the media about rigorous, academic preschools meant to ensure a child’s future academic (if not career) success. First, there was the

How To Survive Toddlers

09/02/2016 21:46:00 PM

My daughter is approaching age two and we're experiencing all the fun things like everything being colored on, negotiating everything, constant messes, feeling like you don't have a life because no one wants to be around them, etc.

"Day Dreaming" Among Students May Not Be All Bad

08/17/2016 23:30:00 PM

As school begins across the country, you may remember back on your own days as a student. I bet many of us recall sitting in class and our mind began to wander or "day dream." Or maybe it wasn't you, but a classmate you (or the teacher) could ...

Making Exceptions To Your Parental Rules

08/05/2016 21:39:00 PM

Parenting is hard.

Princess Culture and Gender Stereotypes

07/20/2016 23:30:00 PM


Screen-Free Activity Ideas for Summer Break

07/19/2016 06:00:00 AM

Summer break is now in full swing, and the struggle has become real for parents as they balance screen-time and outside time with their children. Unfortunately, or fortunately, Pokemon Go has helped get people outside, but still with their screens. ...

Being A Team With Your Child's Teacher

07/01/2016 11:23:00 AM

This picture is explained under #1A couple of my kids require almost no communication with their teachers throughout the school year.

You Can Survive Colic

06/15/2016 23:00:00 PM

I recently came across a very interesting article from The New Yorker entitled,

What To Do When Your Child Is Overweight

06/03/2016 17:44:00 PM

As a disclaimer, I'm not an expert, but I speak from experience.

Say It Again: Repetition Aides Language Development

05/18/2016 23:00:00 PM

We all know that young children love repetition. If you have been around a child under the age of 3 lately, you know this well. They repeat questions, they repeat words, they repeat actions....over and over again. For us adults, this is honestly ...

Some Things I Would Do Differently As A Parent

05/06/2016 12:59:00 PM

I'm not saying I'm filled with regret, but now that some of my children are older, there are a lot of things I have learned.

Babies Have Social Brains from a Very Young Age

04/21/2016 05:30:00 AM

When thinking of a child's development, we often discuss areas as separate entities--cognitive, social, emotional, etc. If you are a parent, you've probably seen that all these areas of develop are really closely linked. For example, once your ...

Importance of Repairing a Parent-Child Relationship

04/12/2016 07:00:00 AM

I want to get vulnerable and share a personal story that helps highlight the importance of a parent repairing the relationship with our children.A couple of weeks ago, I did not win father of the year. My son instigated a spontaneous nerf gun ...

What Being a Stay-at-Home Mom has Taught Me About Child Development

03/17/2016 01:30:00 AM

It's been over a year now since my oldest son started school full time. For those of you who are stay-at-home parents, you know that sending your child to school full time is like graduation day for you. I felt this intensely. As I watched his ...

Parenting by the Book: 5 Rules of Caution

03/11/2016 14:42:00 PM

by: Dyan Eybergen RNParents often strive to raise their children "differently" from how they were brought up and resort to popular parenting books to help them make decisions regarding their children. As Samantha Schoech wrote in her 2014 article ...

A Counter-Cultural Approach to Play, Parenting, and Academics

02/18/2016 14:09:00 PM

This week's post is really a convergence of thoughts that have been coalescing in my brain lately. If you read this blog regularly, you know I am a big proponent of play-based education for young children (preschool age) and not pushing academics ...

10 Reasons to Teach Kids to Manage Stress with Exercise

02/12/2016 15:22:00 PM

By Dyan Eybergen, RNThere are a lot of reasons to be physically active – the least of which is to reduce weight – but in fact, that is exactly how we sell its benefits in society. Weight loss can be achieved through exercise, but not as ...

Dealing With An Inconsolable Baby

02/09/2016 00:19:00 AM

Not knowing what your baby needs or wants is one of the most frustrating things in the world.

Annoying Behavior

01/24/2016 06:24:00 AM

Don't you just hate it when kids in your presence exhibit behavior that you just can't stomach? When it concerns your own kids or kids in your care - in other words, when they move within the circle of your own influence - then you may have ...

Electronic Toys: The Impact on Infant Playtime

01/21/2016 02:00:00 AM

As a parent, you may still be experiencing toy overload at your house. Between holiday gifts from friends, family, grandparents, and others, your child may have received an abundance of toys. In this barrage of items, they undoubtedly received ...

Helicopter Parenting Heading for a Crash

01/12/2016 17:49:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen RNAs the proverbial pendulum swings, so does that of recommended parenting styles. We have been through the age of the disciplinarian model; turn 360 degrees and a child-centered approach focusing on attachment was the flavour ...

Creative Punishments

01/01/2016 15:09:00 PM

I just read a funny article about what people's parents used to do to them as punishments when they were kids.

Are We Born Knowing Compassion?

12/17/2015 00:30:00 AM

With the holidays approaching, many of us are centering our focus on acts of kindness and being compassionate towards others. Most of us try to raise our children to learn these qualities, but is there something innate about being compassionate ...

Cranky Child? Developmental Spurt Could be to Blame

11/19/2015 00:00:00 AM

Have you ever experienced a period of time with your child where he/she was particularly cranky, moody, prone to tantrums, etc.? As parents, we have probably all had these times. In fact, I have been dealing with this with my 2.5 year old son ...

Parenting an Anxious Child

11/17/2015 11:43:00 AM

My daughter hates having a loose tooth. Her anxiety increases every time she has one. She will not let my wife or I pull her tooth out. She truly hates the feeling. This is because the first time a tooth fell out it was a really uncomfortable ...

The Best Christmas Gifts For Children

11/13/2015 12:33:00 PM

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.,Are you looking for the perfect gift for the children in your life?

Are Our Youth Dying to Get Out?

11/10/2015 18:34:00 PM

By Dyan EybergenUniversities and colleges across Canada and the U.S. have seen incredible increases in the amount of students accessing mental health services. In 2011, Toronto’s Ryerson University’s centre for student development and c ...

Is There a Link Between Emotional Learning and Attention?

10/16/2015 14:59:00 PM

Does your child sometimes seem to "daydream" or seem inattentive when you wish they were paying attention to the task at hand? Even as adults, we sometimes get absorbed in our own thoughts at times and cannot focus on a task we are trying to ...

4 Strategies to Fight Homework Struggles

10/13/2015 11:18:00 AM

by: Dyan EybergenWith the creation of routines and the development of healthy work habits, children can get homework done in a timely manner, and with less frustration.Homework time can often be very stressful for children and their parents. ...

Dear Parents: Never Assume

10/02/2015 08:00:00 AM

Dear Parents,

Help your child build their self-esteem by understanding it's parts.

09/22/2015 06:00:00 AM

Frequently we hear people say that they have low self-esteem or low self-value or worth. These can mean many different things to different people.This is the lens that I view self-esteem from that it is made up of three parts: self-concept, ...

Physical and Cognitive Development: Not as Distinct as Once Thought

09/17/2015 12:49:00 PM

When you consider some factors that might influence your child's cognitive development, you probably think of things like exposure to language or how many books that you have read to her. What you might not think of are factors like her ability ...

Is Raging Mad Really So Bad?

09/12/2015 14:21:00 PM

There's no use denying it: Our kids may call forth the best in us, but there are times they simply drive us mad! Parents in all kinds of families get angry at their children all the time. One moment you're enjoying a harmonious gathering at ...

Dealing With "Mean Girls"

09/04/2015 20:25:00 PM

I've read that girls can be especially cruel to each other at school.

Looking Beyond "Quality versus Quantity" Time with Kids

08/20/2015 15:30:00 PM

As a person trained in the methodology of family science, there is nothing that bothers me more than when the media misinterprets a research article. Researchers know this happens frequently and are often leery of publicizing their work (even ...

Preparing for Back to School: Making this Year a Positive Experience for Your Children

08/13/2015 19:33:00 PM

By: Dyan EybergenHelping Kids to Feel Good About Their Learning ExperienceParents who encourage and model positive opinions about education can teach kids to manage school stress and enjoy the experience.As curriculum requirements continue to ...

Preparing For Emergencies With A Newborn

08/07/2015 12:40:00 PM

As a mom, it's not fun to think about awful things happening, but it's wise to prepare for the worst.

Talk to your Teen: Stop Teen Texting and Driving

07/24/2015 13:26:00 PM

The stats on teens, texting, and driving are in, and they are troubling. Over 80 percent of accidents are caused by distracted driving. Of those distractions, texting is the number one culprit. Texting behind the wheel is now the number one ...

The impact of stress and what to do about it

07/21/2015 21:16:00 PM

A couple of years ago when my wife was picking me up from a meeting, I broke my foot just by pivoting on a flat surface. It’s actually quite embarrassing. However, at this point in my life I was starting my second year of graduate school, ...

Finding the Right Balance: The Role of Risk-Taking in Child Development

07/15/2015 23:00:00 PM

As the mom of two young boys, I have had to come to terms with a certain amount of risk-taking over the past few years. Now, I don't mean anything crazy, but it does seem that certain children, regardless of gender, seem to love testing the ...

Praise, Persistence, and Grit: Key Research Findings for Kids

06/18/2015 00:00:00 AM

How many times a day do you find yourself saying, “good job” to your young child? I know for me, this clique phrase slips out numerous times a day. We all know that praise and encouragement (especially for good behavior) can be a strong ...

5 Ideas to Keep Kids Occupied During the Witching Hours: Without using Electronics for Entertainment

06/09/2015 15:49:00 PM

by:Dyan Eybergen When my boys were young I use to pride myself on "only"

Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide"

05/21/2015 02:00:00 AM

Top 10 Signs and Symptoms of Child/Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

05/12/2015 11:56:00 AM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPI For parents, the key to handling mental disorders of children is to recognize the problem and seek appropriate treatment. Early support and intervention are vital, as research shows that half of all lifetime ...

Dealing With Bullying

05/01/2015 18:13:00 PM

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The Element of Surprise Helps Babies Learn

04/16/2015 00:00:00 AM

If you have been around babies or young toddlers for long, you know they love the element of surprise. Games like peek-a-boo bring squeals of laughter for many young children. Have you ever wondered why youngster love surprise and novelty? I ...

The 6 Do's and Don'ts of Parenting and Sports

04/15/2015 16:24:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen"It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, as long as you are having fun". We have all heard that one before and for most of us we have probably said it once or twice to our own children; but do we really mean it? Especially ...

The A to Z of Getting Fit with Your Children {INFOGRAPHIC}

04/13/2015 11:00:00 AM

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The "Word Gap" is About More than Just Words

03/18/2015 23:00:00 PM

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately about the "word gap" between kids in higher and lower income families. Researchers have documented for years that children in families of higher socioeconomic status (SES) are generally exposed ...

Beyond Time Out and Loss of Privileges: Creative Discipline Strategies that Work

03/10/2015 17:07:00 PM

By: Dyan EybergenWhat do parents do when giving a time out to a toddler, grounding a misbehaved teenager or taking away his/her TV privileges or cell phone doesn't work? Here are 5 tips for applying creative discipline strategies that teach ...

Raising Kids in a Violent World

03/07/2015 06:37:00 AM

With a distressing mix of strong emotions I watched as the TV images of the war in Eastern Europe and bombs falling in the Middle East passed before my eyes. Then yet another domestic shooting incident vied for my attention. Inwardly, the events ...

Baby's Naps Foster Learning

02/19/2015 02:00:00 AM

If you have been a parent for any length of time, you know that naps are a beautiful thing--for your child...and you. Daytime naps are great for helping keep your baby or toddler in a good mood. We all know how edgy a non-napping baby or toddler ...

Let Every Day be Valentine's Day: Model Good Relationship Habits for Your Children

02/10/2015 22:23:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen RN As a parenting couple, you have a unique responsibility to model what a healthy relationship looks like for your children. Stand united in the way you raise your family through mutual respect and support. Take ...

Kids and Chores

02/08/2015 23:00:00 PM

When hearing the story of Little Red Riding Hood going through the woods all by herself in order to take a batch of freshly baked cookies to her grandmother, we are usually too much involved in the story to notice specific details, especially ...

How to Teach Morals to Young Children

01/28/2015 13:27:00 PM

Teaching moral lessons to young children can often be a difficult thing to do. With the recent celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day last week, and yesterday's (01/27/2015) 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration ...

Bedwetting, how parents and caregivers can help a child

01/20/2015 21:33:00 PM

Before I get too into this subject, I need to apologize to my son, who I am sure at some point in his life will see this and be embarrassed that I am sharing this experience with the public.I had a dream once that I was playing and splashing ...

Am I addicted to my phone?

01/17/2015 14:23:00 PM

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What do you Want for your Child?

01/15/2015 16:43:00 PM

by: Dyan Eybergen RN Parents need to decide what they want for their child and develop a parenting plan accordingly.If you want your children to give and have respect, you have to give it them in order to earn it. Respect begets respect; ...

Technoference: How Technology Impacts Your Relationships

01/15/2015 10:51:00 AM

Have you ever sat down to dinner with your partner or spouse and his/her phone keeps beeping for a text message or other notification?Have you ever been trying to talk to your partner/spouse and he/she can't seem to keep his/her eyes off the ...


01/11/2015 09:45:00 AM

New Year ResolutionsNow that the holidays and New Year's celebrations are behind us, we go back to business as usual. We pick up our lives where we left off, before the hectic holiday season took hold of our agendas - but with one huge difference: ...

Choosing Practical Baby Items

12/22/2014 07:00:00 AM

As a new parent, it's hard to know what to buy for your baby as stores are filled with things that look useful or cute.

Parenting in a Materialistic World

12/18/2014 00:30:00 AM

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be spending a lot of your time thinking about and buying presents. If you are like many parents, you wonder if all this focus on material gifts might tend to make kids have a more materialistic ...

5 Ways to Keep the Holidays Stress Free

12/09/2014 21:44:00 PM

By Dyan EybergenFor most children, Christmas time is filled with excitement and anticipation. They delight in the tradition of Santa Claus, decorations, the making of gingerbread houses and writing out their Christmas wish lists. For parents, ...

Harmony and Kids

12/06/2014 16:58:00 PM

These Two Things Can Increase Compliance in Your Children!

11/26/2014 04:00:00 AM

A search on for “parenting” will return around 125,000 results. It’s pretty clear that parents everywhere want to know the “secret” to parenting. Many of those parents want to know how to increase obedience in their children. ...

Little Boys, Big Emotions

11/20/2014 15:42:00 PM

If you are a parent of a young boy you know that, despite the cultural stereotypes, boys feel strong emotions just as much as girls. Unfortunately, in our society we often (perhaps unwittingly) encourage boys to hide their emotions or “be ...

5 ways to Strengthen your Relationship with your Teen

11/11/2014 21:31:00 PM

By: Dyan EybergenIt is never more crucial to hold on to our children than when they reach the stage of adolescence. This isn’t easy to do as it is often a time when we are seen as the enemy – preventing our children from spreading their ...


11/10/2014 06:09:00 AM

Few images rend the heart as does the image of a suffering child. The apparent injustice is appalling, and you may wonder how a supreme being, or any being for that matter, could tolerate an innocent child to suffer. Feelings of frustration, ...

How To Induce Labor - Thoughts from a Mom of 4 (soon to be 5)

11/07/2014 07:00:00 AM

A friend gave me this shirt due to everything I have sufferedLooking for advice on how to induce labor?

Structured Activities and Executive Function: A Case of the Overscheduled Child?

10/15/2014 23:30:00 PM

We have heard the stories in the news all the time—some say kids are “overscheduled” and need more time to play. On the other side, parents of the “tiger mom” variety tend to want their children in activities and lessons to encourage ...

Building Resiliency in Female Adolescents

10/14/2014 16:53:00 PM

by Dyan Eybergen RN, ACPI Adolescence is a time of extreme negotiation and friendships among teenage girls is probably at the crux. Female adolescents often have a difficult time finding a self identity in which they are comfortable with and ...

Children's Questions - What's In It For Parents?

10/11/2014 15:51:00 PM

Don’t you just love the type of questions kids ask: Why does Johnny have a cold? Why is there bark in the playground? Who looks after grandma when grandpa is at work? Why can’t we watch one more show? And on it goes. As soon as they learn ...

Dealing With Gestational Diabetes

10/06/2014 00:03:00 AM

For the second time, I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

School Start Times and Zero Tolerance Policies.

09/24/2014 13:58:00 PM

AAP Policy StatementsSchool Start TimesThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the professional organization of Pediatricians, has the reputation of distributing periodic policy statements. These statements are used to clarify the stance that ...

Infant Babbling...It's Not Just Baby Talk

09/18/2014 09:46:00 AM

Is trying to understand your infant’s babbling an effort in futility? Turns out, the answer might be, “no.” A new study published in the journal Infancyputs into question the notion that children’s language development is innate and ...

Tips for Cultivating a Working Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

09/09/2014 16:08:00 PM

by: Dyan Eybergen BA, RN, ACPIWorking With the Teacher to Promote Positive Learning ExperiencesWhen parents and their child’s teacher cultivate a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation, it is the child who benefits.With the first month ...

The Art of Grocery Shopping with Kids

09/06/2014 02:58:00 AM

If you're like most parents you prefer to do your weekly shopping alone, as in: without kids. It's easier and faster and sidesteps potential irritations, such as: Don't touch! - Stay close! - Don't yell!

How To Cope With The Beginning Of School

09/05/2014 22:22:00 PM

This is one of the most stressful times of the year for me.

The Moral Messages We Send Our Children

08/21/2014 10:10:00 AM

I would guess that if we asked parents what kind of adult they want their child to be when they grew up; many would mention qualities like, “successful,” “happy,” or “high-achieving.” Would many parents mention qualities such as, ...

LDS Divorce Experience Survey

08/14/2014 09:22:00 AM

I (Josh Lockhart) have partnered with LDS Living to do a survey on members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been divorced and their experiences going through the divorce as an LDS member. If you have experienced this ...

Preparing for the back to school routine

08/12/2014 12:00:00 PM

Your Twitter and Facebook feed may soon be cluttered with meme’s about Christmas being under 20 weeks away. Which for me means it is time to start doing my Christmas shopping, in about 19 weeks. However, with the red and green season already ...

Bilingualism: Raising Kids With Two Languages

08/10/2014 00:00:00 AM

Did you know that more than half the people in the world speak more than one language every day?

How To Survive A Move With Children

08/01/2014 15:22:00 PM

1. Don’t move. The end! OK, if you absolutely have to move, which we just did, I have some actual advice. We finally bought our first home after living in the same two bedroom apartment for 12 years and I learned some things. 1. Declutter ...

Too Hot...

07/25/2014 15:04:00 PM

Too Hot…

How Do I Teach My Kids Not to Lie?

07/23/2014 12:37:00 PM

Every now and then I get clients who are very concerned about their child telling them lies. Many parents want to teach kids honesty and think if their child is starting to tell lies, that they are on the road toward a criminal lifestyle. However, ...

Fidgety Kids: It’s About the Brain, Not Just the Body

07/16/2014 23:00:00 PM

If you have a youngster at home, you probably notice they like to move…A LOT! I have two young boys and in recent months I have especially begun to notice how much they like to fidget and move. My older son is almost five years old and I was ...

Unwrapping the Present Called "Patience"

07/13/2014 09:00:00 AM

“Please give me patience, and give it to me now!”We all know intuitively that children benefit greatly from patience shown by those caring for them. Yet, patience remains an elusive quality, extremely hard to incorporate and manifest. But ...

7 Ways to Prevent and Stop Bullying

07/08/2014 21:44:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPIEveryone has a responsibility in making their communities, homes and schools a safe and happy place for kids to be. Every year, thousands of kids are victimized by bullies and suffer the effects of fear and humiliation ...

Some Perspective

07/02/2014 23:14:00 PM

Last night I returned from choir practice and was annoyed one of my children had pulled out the wrapping paper box from under my bed and left it there.

Infant Sleep and Parents' Expectations

06/18/2014 23:00:00 PM

A new study just released in the journal