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Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent wants to believe his or her child has become a victim of sexual abuse, but it happens -- all too often.  Even if a parent works diligently to protect his child from sexual predators, they may still be lurking.

Consider these statistics from the United States Department of Justice:

  • As
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Halloween Safety: Keep Preschoolers from Danger

by Tania Cowling October 21st, 2014 | Preschool, Safety
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults, but it is not without safety issues. Throughout the generations children and teens have ventured out for a night of trick-or-treating and parties. We as parents need to make sure the kids have a safe and enjoyable experience. Get to know the possible dangers and how to avoid them. These are the safety concerns that I instilled in my kids and now in my grandkids.

Rules of the Road

As children become careless from excitement, risky roads become even more dangerous. Dusk is the time of poorest visibility for drivers. Tell your
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How to Empower Your Toddler’s Speech With Words

by Tania Cowling October 20th, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
Bet you can't wait to hear your child speak? I went through this with my children and now I'm amazed by what my 2-year-old grandchild can convey. Although toddlers may not yet be speaking clearly, he/she is stockpiling words and will one day burst into speech. Here are a few ways to help begin the process.

Use transition times for conversation. Have talks with your child at every opportunity. Describe what you are doing with each diaper change, when taking a bath, mealtimes, and just fun times. Toddlers often use
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