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Saying Goodbye to the Family Pet

Saying good-bye to a dear friend, and family member, is always hard for little ones.   Actually, it can be quite difficult for grown-ups too!  But, teaching the circle of life can provide helpful insight and make the process easier to understand and accept, even to the youngest of young.

Nanny Connection: Child Safety

We all have a personal space (“bubble”) around us. This bubble helps keep us safe. It lets us decide how close someone can get to us, and they, how close we can get to them. We change the size of our bubble depending on how we feel (happy, sad, mad, scared, etc.) and our relationships with other people. Our bubble is usually smaller with people we know and trust, like our family and friends, and larger with people we don’t know, like strangers. Our bubble usually changes from large to small as we get to know someone (a new friend, classmates, teacher, doctor, counselor, case worker, etc.).

Fending Off the Bad Friends

I pressed a button on the answering machine, and an imperious voice demanded:  “Sally, this is Amanda. Call me right away. It’s important.” Hoping to delete the child, I pressed another button. But the machine lacked the power for the job.

Kids and Caffeine

<em>Should children consume caffeine? Do you know what products contain caffeine? How much, if any, is an acceptable amount of caffeine for children to ingest? Do you know the answers?</em>

Kids and Caffeine

Should children consume caffeine?  Do you know what products contain caffeine?  How much, if any, is an acceptable amount of caffeine for children to ingest?  Do you know the answers?

Early Childhood Stress – Helping Kids Cope

Stress is a part of everyday life, one of the things that most adults are accustomed to dealing with, but the same “stressed out” adults are typically surprised to learn just how common stress is for those in early childhood.  The difference is that life experience has taught adults coping mechanisms, or has at least provided the tools and resources to seek out assistance when faced with stressors.  However children are at a great disadvantage.  They often do not understand the cause of the stress, typically cannot communicate their feelings and/or frustrations, and are at a lost for how to combat it.  Thus, it’s up to the adults to learn how to identify sources, recognize the symptoms and become proactive in minimizing children’s exposure to undue stressors.

Nanny Connection: Using Time Outs

<em>I know you have written about time-outs, but I feel confused! I hear so many different ways to do time-outs… What is the right way?</em>