"Mommy, he took my toy!" "Get out of the bathroom already! Argh!" "I can’t believe her, she unfriended me!" Sound familiar? If you’re the parent of a toddler, tween or teen, you’ve likely heard some variation of these recently. These distress calls, while not the most pleasant sounds of parenting, are heard from children of all ages during disputes with siblings, friends and, yes, even their parents.
Conflicts like these are a part of life. For many parents, the ordeal of working out and muddling through their children’s battles feels infinitely more difficult than dealing with their own. Can’t we all just get along? Well, no. Not everyone gets along all of the time. And is a little conflict really so bad? If everyone always agreed, the world would be a very boring place.
Making friends sounds as simple as child's play, but if you watch any young child, you'll see how hard it really is. Experts agree that learning social skills is one of the most difficult developmental tasks a child faces and one of the most critical for future success in life.
Going to a sleepover camp is a milestone for children. Kids will make friends fast and experience new ideas. They’ll eat foods that they would have never tried at home and develop more self-confidence. Sleepover camps give kids a great opportunity to learn new life skills, too. If your child is anxious about the thought of going away this summer, do some thinking, planning and talking now, so you can enrich your child’s experience before it even begins.
Child sexual abuse is a serious issue that affects a significant number of children. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be impacted by sexual violence before the age of 18. It is important for children to understand what sexual abuse is so they have the language to properly talk about their bodies and be able to openly explain if something has happened to them so they can get the support they need to live healthy, abuse-free lives.
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