Is stranger really a danger?

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Let’s talk about child safety today. I stumbled upon this article and felt it was important to share it with you. I never really thought about it this way. And yet, yes, our kids shouldn’t be afraid of all strangers, you never know when they might need help and will be afraid to ask. And who is a stranger? It is hard to explain, and it is even harder for a little kid to practice when someone comes up, introduces himself/herself, and they are not strangers anymore. You’d be surprised how easy it is for an adult to cross this”stranger” line and win a child’s trust. Continue reading

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Touch and Learn

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You must have seen these adults who keep pulling their kids away from things, raising their voices telling them not to touch anything, doing the whole “1-2-3-4-5” routine and then dragging screaming kids away. Hey, you might have been one of these adults on some occasions. Guess what? You can relax and start using a different approach.

First of all, preventing kids from touching new and interesting objects doesn’t really teach them anything other than the fact that educational hands-on experience is not approved by parents. Ok, I know some things are valuable and may break. Want an easy solution? At home, put those things away until your kids are old enough to handle them with care. Your can’t really have happy kids and valuable objects in the same house. Continue reading

Boys do cry

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My kids were video-chatting with their grandparents today, and one thing led to another and my not yet 3 y/o son was told to man up and not cry, because boys don’t cry, apparently. Of course I explained to my parents that it was an inappropriate and harmful thing to say to a child, but this also gave me an idea for a post.

Why is it that girls are allowed and expected to cry, but boys can NOT even think about it, and they keep being reminded to hold the tears and not be like girls. Sexism aside, why do we think it is normal to expect girls to release their negative emotions through the most natural way that crying is, but boys are not given the privilege?

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When your toddler says NO, a lot

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We all heard that once your kids learn the word “No”, that is all you’ll hear from them. And then the people who tell you this will normally roll their eyes and start complaining about their disobedient bad toddlers who are always punished for saying the word. These stories scared me when I didn’t know any better. I was worried that I wouldn’t know what to do if my kids started being all negative with me.

But then it never happens quite how people tell you. Yes, your kids learn this word and use it, and like using it, but it is all so understandable why they do it.

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