Hello It’s Aparent Readers, We’re back with new reads for you to share thoughts and wisdoms on being the best parents we can be.  As you read through some of the posts we share, we urge you to share with others; use the subject or ideas from the...

Ranked: The Big Issues That Worry Parents Today

Esther Crain, Writer ‎August‎ ‎12‎, ‎2015 If your child has a phone or a tablet, then you’re probably worried, too. It used to be that when parents worried about their kids’ health, it was mostly about things like smoking and teen pregnancy. But these days, digital...

Ensure the Implementation of your Child’s IEP

Have you considered employing a case manager to monitor the implementation of your student’s IEP? There are lots of reasons why this might be beneficial to you and your child. Most parents put a lot of weight on the actual writing of the IEP, making sure it is a...

Your Role in Your Child’s Speech

Your baby learns to talk during his first two years of life. Long before he utters his first word, he’s learning the rules of language and how adults use it to communicate. He’ll begin by using his tongue, lips, palate, and any emerging teeth to make...

Warning Signs of ADD/ADHD

If your child’s behavior is interfering with their ability to be successful at home or in school, and their behavior isn’t age or situation appropriate, your child may have ADD/ADHD. At Home • Has boundless energy, can’t sit school and is restless, some body part is...

No One Said Parenting is Easy

Guest blog by Anne Laurie: No one ever said parenting was easy. But parenting a teen can at times make you want to pull your hair out. Choosing expectations for your teen that are both challenging but not overbearing is like waking a tight rope. Here are a few...

Pacifier Weaning in Six Easy Steps

Taking candy from a baby might be easy, but pacifiers are another story entirely. If you have a toddler or even preschooler who loves his paci, you’re in good company. Pacifier weaning is a common challenge for parents. Most parents find that pacifier weaning is...

10 Alternatives to Saying “No” to Your Child

Results of a study published by Redbook magazine found that the average toddler hears the word “no” up to 400 times each day. Sources cited in their research also showed that kids who are repeatedly subjected to the word “no” without further explanation tend to have...

Dog Training and Child Discipline, the Premise is the same

Dog Training and Child Discipline, the Premise is the same Today, I had an opportunity to watch an episode of Caesar Millan’s the Dog Whisperer.  This episode was about a woman who had 4 yappy misbehaved dogs that had the run of the household.  The worst part, for me...

Life is a Party and You Don’t Have to be Invited

Guest Blog by Dr. Andra Brosh PhD. Life is a Party and You Don’t Have to be Invited and guess what else? YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO R.S.V.P! I came to realize after years of feeling excluded and alienated that I wasn’t being left out, I simply wasn’t showing up in...

My Brother

By Traci Ellis I am the big sister of a brother born with special needs. When a child is born into this world, there is always excitement and attention focused on the new baby. This lasts until the novelty wears off and things return to a new normal. When that baby...

Happier and Calmer Mornings

Our daily lives are filled with stress from the first second our little darlings open their eyes in the morning until we see their angelic little faces peacefully asleep at night.   Our mornings usually set the tone for the entire day.  If mornings are chaotic and...

Four Activities for Kids on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. His dream was to see little black boys and black girls be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. He said, “ I have a dream that my four children will one day live in...

Six Steps to Help your Children get through Traumatic Events

In the wake of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary know that many parents and adults are having a hard time knowing how to help their children deal their feelings surrounding the tragedy. Please do not underestimate the effect that things in the news have on...

There is something you can do to stop the killing

My heart and prayers go out to the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut.  As a parent, grandmother and teacher, I don’t have the words to express my sorrow as I grieve with and for the families involved in this tragedy. There has been a lot of talk on the...

Welcome to Beirut

(Beginner’s Guide to Autism) Written by a mother of a child with Autism “I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with autism-to try and help people who have not shared in that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it...

Children Learn Gratitude From You

My mother always said that little pictures had big ears.  What she should have said is that little pictures have big ears and eyes.  Children do hear everything we say, but they also watch what we do, good or bad. Children notice when we drive too fast just as they...

Welcome to Holland

This is 25 years old, but I still find it inspirational.  You may have read it many times before, or this may be your first time.  Regardless, it is worth a read or a re-read….. by Emily Perl Kingsley. I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a...