In today’s fast-paced world, finding time for family play may be a challenge. However, is it worth it? You bet. Enjoying time together as a family is tremendously beneficial. In fact, for healthy relationships to flourish, it is a necessity. We can schedule time for playing together, and develop the ability to capture unstructured moments of fun.

Very early in life, children learn their actions (e.g. crying, smiling) have an impact on the world and those around them. They also possess an inborn desire to assist others and affect their world. As toddlers, they imitate the actions of adults. They want to help and try very hard to do things for themselves. So, what changes that helpful child who attempts tasks far above her abilities info a helpless 12-year-old who must be coaxed to pick up her socks? We do.

Bedtime is great for quiet bonding and learning.  Snuggle up and try these ideas.

Everyone can develop empathy, but it needs to be taught. Parents can model kindness with their own little everyday acts. Help plant the seeds of empathy by...

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Small children can have very big questions, and some of these questions may be hard to answer. You don’t have to know the answers to all questions right away. It’s okay to say, “Let me think for a while about how to answer that question.” Here are some possible questions and answers.

Five minutes can feel like an hour to a young child. Here are some tips for building the skill of patience (which is necessary over a lifetime!).

Grief never completely goes away, but over time, it become easier to endure. It’s important for families to give themselves and their children permission to feel happy again. Be assured that the memory of a loved one will continue to live on in everyone’s hearts as the family moves forward.

You might try some of these ideas:

Sometimes a long illness might give families time to confront the possibility of death. Other times, the death of a loved one comes suddenly, as in the case of an accident or suicide. You’ll want to approach the situation differently depending on the circumstances.

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