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difficult conversations guest Kate Rickord

Whether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have uncomfortable or difficult conversations. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what tone should…

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Belinda Jensen on helping children understand weather

It’s common for children (and adults, for that matter) to worry about the dangers of tornadoes, blizzards and other major weather events. And, worried or not, we and our children may wonder about the meaning of different kinds of clouds or how a hail storm happens on a hot summer day. Belinda Jensen turned her…

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MSR_NeedtoSucceed

We are pleased that Carolyn Smallwood, executive director of Way to Grow, shared our information on the seven experiences young children need to increase the odds that they will thrive and succeed in school and in life. Carolyn’s article was printed in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR).   If provided with these foundational experiences and environments in the first…

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KARE_home alone

School’s out and many Minnesota children are spending significant amounts of time home alone. How do you know if your child is ready to be left alone – and for how long and under what circumstances? And what steps can you take to make sure your child is prepared when the time comes? Marti shared…

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KARE_kids cut hair

Marti joined KARE 11’s Karla Hult for a discussion about the reasons why children try to cut their own hair. Here is a portion of their conversation:   “I think the one simple reason is that children do what they see adults doing. They love to imitate and play adult roles. And, so pretending that…

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