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Eyes on Me, Ears Listening, Screens Off!

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If you think about it, adults have a lot of competition from video screens.

Consider this: How many times have you spoken to your child lately and had to remind him or her to look away from the screen and look at you? Come to think of it, have you counted the number of video screens in your house? TV screens, computer screens, smartphone screens, IPod screens, tablet screens and so forth consume our environment these days. They are even on the microwave and washing machine, too! We walk around with our eyes focused on these small rectangles giving us information 24/7.

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Holiday Stress! Tips for Families

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Do the holidays make your blood pressure rise? Worried about lots of guests and how it will all get done?
You’re not alone!

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Commonwealth Parenting On-Site Education

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Got parenting questions? Want to find out some secrets about kids?

We've got answers! On select Mondays at CMOR Central and CMOR Chesterfield, Family Educators from Commonweatlh Parenting, the local parenting education organization, will be available for conversation and questions.
 
On Monday, November 19th from 10AM-12PM,
join Family Educator John Richardson-Lauve at the Chesterfield branch of the Children's Museum of Richmond to learn and share. 

 

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"Fall Back" Sleep Tips for Parents

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If you've ever had challenges with Daylight Saving Time (DST) and parenting, you’re not alone. Who knew 60 minutes would make such a difference?

"That hour is even more difficult for kids to deal with than flying cross-country to a whole new time zone," says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia who specializes in pediatric sleep. "It can throw off their sleep, appetite, attention span, mood, everything." Why? A child's body clock is set by light and dark patterns, not by what it reads on your watch, Mindell explains.

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Halloween Tips and Parenting Treats

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Maximize your parenting on Halloween with these bonus opportunities!

  1. To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating. Bonus parenting opportunity: Now’s your chance to discuss and review the ground rules for Trick-or-Treating. Decide on boundaries, groups, time, etc.
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Tantrums!

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Did you know the word “tantrum” has been around since the early 1700's? Even our founding fathers and mothers were dealing with tantrums.

But think about this – when your computer is acting up and you can’t get anything to work, or you are trying to program your DVR, or trying to put your kids bicycle together with 11 million parts – that same frustration you feel, they do too. We have the awareness that there are better ways to express ourselves. Kids don’t!

The Facts:

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Is This Normal ?!?

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Extreme temper tantrums. Strange eating habits. Rude comments. Shocking clothing choices. Ring a bell at your house?

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Make Your Mornings Manageable

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Morning mania is nothing more than STRESS. Stress comes from feelings of powerlessness or inadequacy. We often think we have no power over a situation, when in reality, we do. Parents do have power over the morning routine. Here are a few examples:

We decide

• when the car leaves the house,
• what foods will be available for breakfast,
• how much help we can give each child

REGAIN your POWER! If you find yourself saying lots of “have-tos” and “can’t s”, try substituting “choose to” and “choose not to".

Instead of:

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Meeting Elmo: Childhood Fears and Costumed Characters

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As the grown-up who has likely spent lots of time planning to make a special moment happen, it can be extremely frustrating to have your little one dissolve into tears when meeting his or her favorite character. Read on to find out what fears are common, and what to do about them.

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I’m Glad You Asked!

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One benefit of living and working in Richmond for 10 years is sharing my knowledge of local parenting resources for area families. From time to time, I’ll be inviting guests to answer your questions, right here on the CMoR Parenting Page. This month, I've invited Susan Brown, Assistant Director of Commonwealth Parenting, to share her expertise with us. Susan has extensive experience with the early childhood years, and you may have seen her from time to time at CMoR Central answering parenting questions on Member Mondays. ~ Liz

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