Parenting Resources

Positive Reinforcement

A very powerful and effective teaching tool that can help shape and change behavior, positive reinforcement works by presenting a motivating item (reward) after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen again.

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Fears and Phobias in Elementary-Age Children

Children of this age often develop fears related to life circumstances they anticipate might happen to them. Parents can look for opportunities to discuss these fears and provide coping strategies.

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Fears and Phobias

Fear, or anxiety, is a common emotion experienced by everyone. As parents, we need to be mindful of how we respond to our children’s fears.

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Teaching Children to be Resilient

Resilience can be taught or developed in children by skillful parenting. Children need to learn that things do not always turn out the way they would like, but they can benefit, even from difficulties.

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Teaching Resilience to Elementary Age Children

At this age, children are developing character traits such as patience, kindness, gentleness, perseverance, and respect and should be encouraged to demonstrate them.

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ADHD update - Nutrition

Energy drinks may contribute to risk of ADHD

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ADHD - Recent research

Recent research provides some clues to ADHD and gives parents helpful advice

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Monitoring for Elementary Age

Children of this age are incorporating parental values - whether 'taught' or 'caught'. If you have not taken time to determine what values you want your children to learn, do it now so you can be deliberate in your teaching.

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Parental Monitoring - Evidence of Benefits

A television broadcaster in the 1960s, Tom Gregory, was known for asking parents, "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" The need for parents to monitor their children's activities is even more important in today's society - and scientific research demonstrates the numerous benefits of parental involvement, especially in the lives of their adolescents.

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Medical Risks of Cell Phones

Do cell phones cause cancer? This question is being asked because cell phones work by sending and receiving signals using radiofrequency waves, which is a non-ionizing form of radiation. The ionizing form of radiation (like xrays) does have a relationship with cancer, but it is uncertain as to whether radiofrequency waves can cause cancer.

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