Proactive Parenting Blog

The tools and advice you need, taken from the latest research and scientific literature, to help you feel confident and in control as you raise your children.

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How fatigue may be making parenting harder

Joni and Karl had three children ages 7, 9. And 11. They loved their kids and enjoyed spending time with them. However, Joni and Karl both noticed that their kiddos frequently told lie...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 7 of October, 2020
Flexible parenting techniques

Values must be intentionally taught

Joni and Karl had three children ages 7, 9. And 11. They loved their kids and enjoyed spending time with them. However, Joni and Karl both noticed that their kiddos frequ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 9 of September, 2020
Flexible parenting techniques

The influence of violent video games on children’s behavior

Johnny and his little sister Lizzy were contently playing with Legos in their living room. After a while, Johnny asked his mom, Nina, if he co...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 25 of August, 2020
Limits and discipline

Help teens balance the benefits and risks of being online

John watches his twin pre-teen girls taking selfies non-stop. He doesn’t understand why they are making weird faces to their cameras or taking the same picture over and over again. ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 7 of August, 2020
Limits and discipline

The risks of teenage drinking

Sally and Donna met up with their high school friends on Saturday night to hang out. There was a tub full of ice filled with beers and grain alcohol. Everyone was walking around with large cups f...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 24 of July, 2020
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Helping our children adapt to the realities of COVID-19

As the recommendations around social distancing and reopening continue to evolve, we must respond and make plans according to ou...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 9 of July, 2020
Flexible parenting techniques

Transgender pronouns

Sara, 17, brought her best friend Jamie, 17, to a family reunion. Sara’s aunt saw Jamie getting a soda and asked Sara, “How is s...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 26 of June, 2020
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Vaccines are safe and MMR vaccine is not related to autism

Before you read this post, I want to clarify my position as an educator to avoid anyone reading anything into what I want to write about vaccines.  As most of my readers know, I bas...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 18 of June, 2020
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How to explain the difference between needs and wants to small...

Children may be saying things like, “This isn’t the kind I like!” “But I want…” and “Can we get some tomorrow?” Even in more normal times, young children are still learning the d...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 10 of June, 2020
Limits and discipline

How to maintain control when a child is misbehaving

Sometimes our children have less than ideal behaviors. While it can be frustrating, the key to focus on safety in the moment an...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 4 of June, 2020
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