How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night?

She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. All humans have sleep cycles that take us into slightly wakened states during the night, and we all need to learn the skill of falling back into a deep sleep.

After a traumatic event, it’s normal for children to show changes in behavior. Keep an eye on children to find out what kind of help or reassurance they need.

I was recently challenged by my Sunday school teacher to think more deeply about my true purpose in life. You might think that such a search would typically be done by a teenager or young adult – not a 50-something grandfather who spends his working days helping teenagers find their purpose. But something my Sunday school teacher said struck a nerve and I came to a realization: What I had been telling others and myself, and how I have lived, have been in contradiction.

You can reassure children without any words at all. Hugs help, and another way of holding each other close is simply reminding your child repeatedly that your family is safe and together. Try these ideas, too. 

When violence happens close to you, you are shaken to the core. It’s extra important to take care of yourself so you can better comfort and protect children. Little ones learn lifetime lessons by watching their parents take care of themselves and build their own resilience.  

Pumpkin spice everything, Friday night football jamborees, and having the ability to sit on your front porch and rock without sweating as you enjoy the (semi-cool) evening air. These are all welcome signs of fall in Alabama.  

So, what do we do when we find our children (finally) settled into school routines? What to do when we finally catch a break from the steady string of holidays that necessitate yard decorations, food preparation, and family gatherings that leave us wiped out? We get comfortable and fall around, or course.  

Second to summer, fall is my favorite season because it gives us moms room to just be. Were not chasing our kiddos around the neighborhood like we do during summer as they trek the streets, worrying about how they may be forgetting everything they learned the previous school term. And we’re not yet trying to find a balance between hot and humid Alabama weather one day and potential icy streets the next as we shop for school clothes during winter months. We can relax and find ourselves in a routine void of stress, unpredictability, and busyness.  This fall, I have found so much happiness in the day to day responsibilities that go along with having a family. I’ve especially enjoyed our discovery of intellectually and entertaining day trips that give us time together, help us grow and learn, and help us discover new things about the state in which we live.  

How you support children after community violence depends a lot on their age. Children of different ages will have different needs, and a wide range of reactions is normal.

Build language skills as you create your own fun ways to welcome each day. Here's how...

Intrigued by a recent story I heard about a mom who forgave the drunk driver who killed her son, I surfed the internet for a few more inspiring accounts of forgiveness. I found amazing stories of people who forgave the most horrific offenses. I read of the release it gave them. How they found peace after holding onto pain for weeks, months, and in some instances, years. 

The Impact of Healthy, Nutritious Food...

  • One part of helping children get a healthy start is to offer foods that provide adequate nutrition and the appropriate number of calories.
  • Not only does proper nutrition help children grow to a healthy weight, it also positively influences cognitive development and important to preventing various health conditions.
  • Teaching children about healthy food and nutrition early will increase the likelihood they will continue to make healthy decisions regarding nutrition into adulthood.
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