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.

Feel confident and in control

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 ...

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 express her needs abou...

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 ...

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 ...

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 fluidly move between school,...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 27 of February, 2020
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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 had chocol...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 12 of February, 2020
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Catch your little ones being good

Bill and Imogen had three small children, ages 5, 3, and 7 months. Both Bill and Imogen worked outside the home and used a daycare to watch their two youn...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 31 of January, 2020
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Practical ways to support teens who are stressed out about school

On Sunday evening June was in the kitchen preparing dinner for her family. Her 16-year-old son, Timothy, walked into the kitchen and slumped ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 16 of January, 2020
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Baby supplies: What you really need and what you don’t

Jennifer and Thomas were going to have their first child. Jennifer was 7 months pregnant and actively getting ready for the birth of ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 13 of December, 2019
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Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol

Krista was exclusively breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter, Lauren. At dinner Krista and her husband, Kent, would have a glass of wine while Lauren sat in her swing next to ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 29 of November, 2019
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