Separation Anxiety

  By Denise Morrison Yearian Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage for most children. It usually sets in between 6 and 12 months of age, and can last 2 to 4 months. For some toddlers, it reappears between 18 and 24 months and then gradually...

Parents Ask – Bedtime Battles

Q: My son is 4 years old and we have continual battles about going to bed. We have tried everything! Do you have any tips for making this routine easier?  – Tiffany, Phoenix A: Bedtime battles are a continual struggle for many families. As children gain their...

Parents Ask – Foster Care

Q: Being a foster parent is so rewarding, but I’m not sure how to help my foster child deal with her anxiety and depression. Is this normal and how can I help her?– Roxanne – Queen Cre A: Excellent question. Before answering, I’m really glad to hear you...

The Perfect Note

By Michelle Talsma Everson Music lessons – whether they are instruments or voice – are nearly a childhood rite of passage. “Thousands of scientific and academic studies have shown that music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters...

Animal Encounters

By Michelle Talsma Everson My 7-year-old son is absolutely in love with all things feline. He eats, breathes and sleeps all things cat related and dotes on our two 10-year-old rescue cats like they’re royalty. As a parent, it’s fascinating to observe the phases our...

Parents Ask: Autism Behavior

Q: My six-year old son is autistic and I’m having problems with his behavior. What would you recommend I do to help him? A: Behavior is a problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Because children with ASD often cannot effectively communicate...

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