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Jennifer presented Go With The Flow – Helping Parents Help Their Children Through Transitions

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | 0 Comments
Jennifer presented Go With The Flow – Helping Parents Help Their Children Through Transitions to the St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School Community on October 18th. read more »

In Prai$e of Monopoly

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment
  I am betting that the name, Hasbro, of toy and game notoriety, is actually an acronym of the words “has” and “brothers”. Who else but somebody who “has brothers” could invent a board game that would strengthen and gentle its players while read more »

The Connected Parenting book review by ChinaBerry.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 | 0 Comments
February 20th ChinaBerry  reviews  the Connected Parenting book. read more »

Why Kids Whine

Monday, December 6th, 2010 | 0 Comments
  [Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] December 4, 2010 by Jennifer Kolari |  Few things are more irritating to a parent’s ear than whining, or “nose talking” as we call it in our family. Here’s why it happens–and what to do about it.                                                                                                      Why read more »

How to Handle An Energetic Toddler

Monday, October 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] Do you have a child who wakes up saying “no” and goes to bed saying “no” and says “no” all day in between? I affectionately call these little ones “gladiators.” Gladiator kids are feisty and read more »

5 Ways to Make Every Day Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 | 0 Comments
1. Mirroring with your kids to build a strong connection with them will bring out the best in both of you. Your kids will be more cooperative and calm and you’ll be more patient and ready to enjoy the delicious things they read more »

Adrenaline Play: Relieving Your Child's Excess Energy

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] If your little one often has major meltdowns, is constantly bugging his brothers or sisters, or just seems to have a lot of excess energy, there’s a trick called “adrenaline play” that can really help. But first, read more »

The Little Paper on Helicopter Parenting

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Vicki Bell over at the little paper wrote a fabulous piece about how she made the switch from being a “satellite of love” parent: “orbiting [her] daughters with purse and pockets full of tissues, snacks, lip balm and sippys; delivering explanations, juice, stories, read more »

That Lovin' Feeling

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
An amazing idea from Brooke Reynolds: jot down the funny things your kids say on whatever is handy and drop it into a jar. Pull out one of the notes whenever you need a pick-me-up or a little help remembering that lovin’ feeling. h/t read more »

Laughter & Connected Play

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I recently came across this article about the benefits of laughter in a relationship. Although the article was about romantic relationships and marriage, the principles apply equally to your relationship with your child: “Uniquely human, laughter is, first and foremost, a social signal–it read more »

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