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  • Father and daughter

    Seizing Teachable Moments to Reinforce Body Safety

    Parents often ask me how to talk with children about sexual abuse prevention without scaring them. I recommend teaching kids prevention through body safety. Children provide us with teachable moments each and every day for reinforcing body-safety concepts in an age-appropriate, non-threatening way. Just think about all the questions kids ask from “How does the […]

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  • That's a Funny Book

    How Is Your Child’s School Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse?

    While summer is in full swing, children will be starting or returning to school in no time. If you have not had a chance to screen your child’s school, preschool, daycare, or activity program for child sexual abuse prevention, there’s no time like the present. We recommend inviting both the school director and teachers onto […]

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  • Thumbs Up Kids

    Empowering Your Child to Say “No!”

    It is a parent’s responsibility to keep children safe by safe screening caregivers, but it is also useful to teach children how to deal with difficult situations should someone try to break a body-safety rule. If Somebody Tries to Touch Your Private Parts, Say “No” or “Stop It.” While it’s important to teach children to […]

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  • If It Ain't Fun, It Doesn't Get Done

    If It Ain’t Fun, It Doesn’t Get Done

    “Unless you puke, faint, or die, KEEP GOING!” -Jillian Michaels, “The Biggest Loser” Reality TV has presented a harrowing view of the weight-loss process. Researchers have found that people watching such shows tend to see exercise as a torturous activity that they want to avoid, and view obesity as the result of laziness and gluttony. […]

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  • The Importance of the Intrinsic - Part Two

    The Importance of the Intrinsic – Part Two

    A primary goal of developing intrinsic motivation in children is to help them function as responsible adults in the future (as opposed to entitled adults who shy away from the hard work it takes to achieve success). Grown-ups who have learned the rationale behind decisions are typically good decision-makers themselves, and are likely to have […]

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  • The Importance of the Intrinsic

    The Importance of the Intrinsic

    Most of us do it, even though we know it’s not the best parenting technique. But is bribing, rewarding, and threatening really all that bad? And if we can’t use rewards to motivate our children, what can we do? Before we understand the pros and cons of bribery, we need to be clear on some […]

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  • Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping

    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping

    Baby massage may seem superfluous or silly to some people, but it’s popularity is growing in the U.S. and it has actually been practiced for centuries in many cultures around the world. But, does it have any significant health benefits? You might be surprised at how much it does. In fact, touch plays a much […]

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  • The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    Walt Disney called it “Imagineering” and made imagining fun for all ages! Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations.  They learn social and emotional skills through play and interaction with their peers and with adults.

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  • The Hero

    The Hero

    Oct. 9, 1965- In a world void of heroes, kids will create their own. Fuller loves to tell stories with his characters. His cars zip around the room, his action figures go everywhere he goes. When Fuller becomes the “Hero” his characters are always ready to save the day.

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  • The Inventor

    The Inventor

    Sept 13, 1965- I built a few puzzles for Zadie and Fuller this week. They’ve been twisting their brains trying to solve them all morning. It truly is exercise for the mind.

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