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Beyond Toys and Games: Gifts That Keep on Giving

The Christmas gifts are wrapped and piled in a beautiful array under the tree. When the children open them, some of their holiday dreams will come true and everyone will be filled with holiday joy. Now, fast forward to a week or two later, and those longed-for toys and games are either broken or they’ve become just another part of the possession pile - almost passé.

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Shake Up the Routine

Are your routines working? We have routines for bedtimes and getting out the door in the morning, for homework and meals to make life easier. As kids grow and family situations change, we need to adjust our routines. Sometimes routines evolve, but other times you’ll need to fiddle with things to find a new solution.

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Good Secrets or Bad Secrets: Do Your Children Know the Difference?

In the world of child abuse prevention, talking about secrets is very important. Children often tell secrets to friends or siblings and the secrets are often harmless. But sometimes secrets can be dangerous or hurtful to others. Helping children differentiate between ‘okay’ and ‘not okay’ secrets is useful, but others suggest not doing secrets at all. So what’s the big deal?

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5 Ways to Inspire Your Budding Musician

Does hearing the words, “Time to practice your piano lesson” strike a bad chord with your child? Does your sharp reminder to practice the violin or trombone fall flat because your child’s interest has started to fade?

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