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7 Tips for a Smooth Morning

Monday, September 13th, 2010 | 2 Comments
1.  Make sure your kids are going to bed early enough! Many kids are going to bed too late. Children under ten need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. 2.  Give yourself more time. Whatever you think you or your kids are read more »

Back to School Electronics – What does your child need?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari was recently quoted in a Globe & Mail article about electronic gadgets and kids. Check out Jennifer’s advice about when kids should be allowed to have their own computer or smartphone and what kinds of guidelines you should enforce. Have you read more »

Starting School for the First Time

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Around this time last year, Jennifer Kolari gave some advice to a reader whose daughter was having a difficult time with her transition to daycare. Read her advice: This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader about read more »

Surviving Summer Vacation

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out Jennifer Kolari’s tips for surviving summer vacation at Primacy Life. It’s full of good advice, so read the whole thing, but here are some of the keys:Scale back your expectations Stick to routines and rules Plan your day Take some downtime Don’t forget to read more »

Mirroring Monday – Band-Aid Edition

Monday, July 26th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Jennifer Kolari. Enjoy! I had a mirroring moment with my daughter Olivia just this morning. read more »

Focussing on the Positive Instead of What Your Kids Have Done Wrong

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out the latest post by Jacqueline Green at Great Parenting Practices. Jacqueline talks about focussing on the positive rather than dwelling on what your kids are doing wrong. Great advice! read more »

Mirroring Monday – I Don’t Want to Go to Camp Edition

Monday, July 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Barbara Miller. Enjoy! A boy of 10 years old was very anxious about starting a read more »

Overreaction

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 | 0 Comments
It happens all the time. You overreact to something your child says. Or your child overreacts to something you say. Check out Carl Pickhardt’s post exploring five common types of overreaction for some insight into what’s behind these outbursts. read more »

Mirroring Monday – Mirroring the Mirrorer Edition

Monday, July 12th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Rebecca Lindsay. Enjoy! Kelly – this is dedicated to you… I didn’t even realize you read more »

Taking Time for Yourself This Summer

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 | 0 Comments
With kids home for the summer, it can be even harder to find time for yourself. Check out this piece from our archives for some hints. [Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] There are so many articles and blogs out there about how read more »

Mirroring Monday – Perfectionist Artist Edition

Monday, July 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Kelly Parisa. Enjoy! “I can’t do this! This is stupid!” A second grader, a smart, perfectionist read more »

10 Ways to Make Your Family Vacation a Success

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | 0 Comments
With summer break beginning in some places and well underway in others, I thought these suggestions from earlier this year might come in handy. [Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] For many families there will be a school break of some sort in the read more »

Mirroring Monday – Overheard Edition

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Cindy Smolkin. Enjoy! I love working with the families I work with. Their read more »

Car Trips: Plugged In But Not Connected

Friday, June 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted in June, 2009] Remember the good old days when family car trips meant fighting and yelling? Where the back seat was full of “are we there yets?” and “he’s staring at me’s”? Traveling was sometimes a little frenzied but along with read more »

Being the Parent of “That Kid”

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] It’s not easy being the mother of “that kid.” Being the parent of the child who whacks other kids in the playground can mean constant worry and heartbreak. Being the mother of “that kid” means holding read more »

What to Do When Your Toddler Hits Another Child

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Hitting, pushing and scratching are common among the toddler set. Jennifer recommends neutrally implementing a “you hit you sit” formula, calmly leading your child away to sit out for a few minutes each time they hit another child. Check out Jennifer Kolari’s read more »

Harnessing the Power of Play

Friday, June 11th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] As parents we often talk at our kids, telling them to stop doing something or to do something we want them to do. But we should be talking to them and not just correcting behavior or read more »

How Bereaved Children Think, Feel, and Behave – And What Adults Can Do to Help

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | 0 Comments
By: Liana Lowenstein, MSW This article is designed to help you learn more about how children experience grief and what you can do to help children through this difficult time. Grief is the word used to describe the intense emotional distress one experiences following read more »

Jennifer Kolari on Helping Your Baby Sleep

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Having trouble getting your baby or toddler to sleep? Check out Jennifer Kolari’s post at Oh Baby. Whichever method you choose, Jennifer advises that consistency is the key. read more »

Perfection is Overrated

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] I remember years ago when I worked as a family therapist at a children’s mental health center, my kids would come to visit occasionally and I would feel really stressed about how my clients would view read more »

Mirroring Monday – Practicing Guitar Edition

Monday, May 31st, 2010 | 0 Comments
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Barbara Miller. Enjoy! A client was describing a situation with her 10 year old read more »

5 Reasons Kids Should do Chores

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 | 4 Comments
Guest blogger Heidi Girvan is a teacher, mother of 3, and creator of Happy Helperz, products aimed at helping children do chores independently. It is so important to get our children to help out and do chores around the house! Although it read more »

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Monday, May 24th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby.] One of the hardest things to cope with as a parent is anxious separations. Seeing those big eyes begging you not to leave and trying to pull away as your child clings desperately to your leg read more »

Jennifer Kolari on Anxiety Disorders at the Coffee Klatch

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari will be on Blog Talk Radio with The Coffee Klatch to discuss childhood anxiety disorders this Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9 p.m. To listen to the program, register for free at Blog Talk Radio, and then join the program. read more »

Anxiety & Food Allergy

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 | 0 Comments
When you have a child with severe allergies, anxiety is a constant companion both for the parents and for the child. Learning to live with that anxiety and keeping that balance between vigilance and happiness is a part of daily living. Anxiety is read more »

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