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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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 she doing?” Sara r...

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 kn...

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 diffe...

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 and then focus on communicat...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 4 of June, 2020
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How to support your child when they feel worried

During these uncertain times, we can’t promise our children things that we don’t control. We don’t know if people we love will become sick or that things will get easier ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 21 of May, 2020
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By recognizing signs of stress, you can help your child manage...

Patricia was concerned because her four-year-old daughter Mary had started wetting the bed suddenly. Mary also returned to baby-talk to ex...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 29 of April, 2020
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Simple ways of talking about COVID-19 with young children

Sam and Julie were so happy to hear that they could leave their apartment with their young children to take a walk around the neighborhood. Their children, Gemma and Paul, ages 4 an...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 24 of April, 2020
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When a child won’t listen

John was at the park with his 4-year-old daughter, Ann. It was a bright, warm sunny day and they were having fun together. Ann was telling her father how to play the game...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 18 of March, 2020
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Values to help your child be socially successful

Every family is different and there are no universal norms for how to raise a child. That said, in order for our children to flu...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 27 of February, 2020
Flexible parenting techniques

A simple technique to praise your child so they feel it

Patty was sitting in the living room reading a magazine when her 10-year-old daughter, Lynn, burst into the room. Patty looked up and noticed that Lynn...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 12 of February, 2020
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