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Book Display & Rotation

I have noticed that book storage can be one of parents biggest organizational problems.  They spill everywhere and are hard to organize because they come in so many different shapes, sizes and thicknesses.  Books are no different than toys in their need for weekly rotation and enticing display.  There may be a…

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Toy Storage & Display in the Elementary Years

My babies have grown and, likewise, our toy storage and display needs at home have changed as well.  Like many other Intelligent Nest families that have been rotating toys for years, we have noticed that toy rotation is less effective with older children as their more advanced memories, developed preferences,…

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Toy Recommendation Guide

The VERY best & developmentally appropriate toys for kids, ages birth to 5+ years. Tired of buying toys that only interest your children for about a week? Here are 15 fabulous toy recommendations, for each age group, that won’t disappoint!

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The Equation for Parenting

Stressed and short on time, modern parents subconsciously formulate an equation to solve the problem of parenting. They know the desired end result of their work- kind, happy, successful and independent kids- and they know that people who make kids like this provide all sorts of good opportunities for their children. But, learning and development is just not that simple.

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Toy Recommendation Guide 2015

The VERY best & developmentally appropriate toys for kids, ages birth to 5 years . Tired of buying toys that only interest your children for about a week? Here are 15 fabulous toy recommendations, for each age group, that won’t disappoint!

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Into the Forest: The Transformative Power of Storytelling

Stories do more than just entertain, they transcend and transform. For this reason, they can be one of the most powerful parenting tools.

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Are Children Biological Puppets?

Free will is not a constant stream, like in adults. Rather, in children, free will is more like the ebb and flow of an ocean’s tide. It rolls out and rolls in, sometimes without warning, but most often it is predictable and responds to the obvious forces that act upon it—hunger, fatigue, the bowels and a slew of emotions whether elated or sad.

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Top Three Parenting Practices Worth Your Time & Money

Considering that parents have limited time and resources to apply towards nurturing their children, I will present the three most highly recommended, research-based parenting practices which are a good investment of every parent’s time, energy and money.

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Parenting Relativism: Putting Research into Perspective

Keeping up with scientific research and talking to the experts can teach you a good deal about child development, but the advice comes packaged with limitations. Parents are tasked with the complicated, yet essential, job of figuring out how to layer the advice of experts with their own intuition and experiences.

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Reclaiming the Throne of the Soccer Mom (or Dad)

Whether you are a tiger mother or a free-range parent, your beliefs about how much you matter won’t change the fact that you can only make so big of an impact upon your children. In fact, research demonstrates that overvaluing your parental role and your children can lead to negative outcomes.

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