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Conversation Starters for "Non-Chatty" Children

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How was your day? Fine.

How was school? Good.

How was your test? OK.

Anything you want to tell me? Nope.

It may take more than the same yes or no questions every night, but you can learn more about your family with some conversation starters. At the same time, you’ll be giving your children practice at thinking quickly, forming arguments and expressing their thoughts.

First, a few tips from Real Kids:

  • When NOT to start a conversation - In front of their friends
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Community Corner: Let's Pick Some Apples!

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post! The Parenting Page blogspot will now include guest articles from parents like yourselves! The authors, who are members of CMoR’s Junior Board, share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, holiday events, and more. Enjoy!

Let's Pick Some Apples!


By Mansi Shah, CMoR Junior Board Member

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Accepting the Gifts That Change Brings

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Things do not change. We change. ~ Henry David Thoreau

With technology that becomes obsolete more quickly than ever, life events that throw our children curveballs and future jobs that haven’t even been created yet, our children are constantly confronted by change.

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Community Corner: CMoR's Legendary Santa is One of Our Family Traditions

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From Liz: Introducing “Community Corner”! The Parenting Page blogspot will now include guest articles from parents like yourselves! The authors, who are members of CMoR’s Junior Board, share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, holiday events, and more. Enjoy!

CMoR's Legendary Santa is One of Our Family Traditions


By Becky McNeer, CMoR Junior Board Member

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Community Corner - Legendary Santa’s Fawn Shop: A Holiday Tradition

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From Liz: Introducing “Community Corner”! The Parenting Page blogspot will now include guest articles from parents like yourselves! The authors, who are members of CMoR’s Junior Board, share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, holiday events, and more. Enjoy!

Legendary Santa’s Fawn Shop: A Holiday Tradition


By Marianne Peterson, CMoR Junior Board Member

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Here Come the Holiday Gatherings! Tips for Finding Common Ground

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With the holidays approaching, many of us will be preparing to spend time with parents, grandparents and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins. Do you agree with your parents on child-raising? How about when it comes to discipline? Computer use? Disrespectful kids? Do they agree with you?

If you step back for a minute, you may find that actually, you ARE parenting on the same page. Consider these historic bits of parenting advice:

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Community Corner: Legos for Everyone - Boys and GIRLS

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From Liz: Introducing “Community Corner”! The Parenting Page blogspot will now include guest articles from parents like yourselves! The authors, who are members of CMoR’s Junior Board, share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, holiday events, and more. Enjoy!

Legos for Everyone - Boys and GIRLS

by Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board

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Creative Play + Science = Critical Thinking Skills

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Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of “Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids” is worried.
“Today’s cultural pressures on children – media saturation, materialism, test-driven schools, and the fast pace of life – threaten to undermine some of the basic building blocks of healthy development. But we adults can navigate these difficult waters when we understand what it is children need and how we can best help them in these rapidly changing times.” – Nancy Carlsson-Paige

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Misbehaviors and Meltdowns

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Remember how it was before you had children? You’d see a mom or dad struggling with their little one who was wailing. You’d think, “Whoa. That’ll never happen to me.” Soo, guess whose turn it is now?
The idea is to contain the misbehavior, without increasing its volume or length. In both cases, you need to establish your authority, AND build your child’s trust. Additionally, you’ll be gaining instant approval from the other moms and dads around you, who have ALL been there.

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Aaack! (I Mean Back) to School Survival Tips

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Whether you're clinging to the last bits of summer fun, or ready for the new school year to finally begin, the list of things to do is growing by the minute. Chances are, your kiddos are both excited and anxious. Here are some ideas to consider for making the transition as smooth as possible:

  1. Update the family calendar – together! Gather everyone and their school calendars, and get your kids involved. Have them hunt for dates, or for the younger set, numbers, and load up the calendar with due dates and special events.
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