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Toilet Mastery

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When are Children Ready for Toilet Mastery?

When a child’s needs have been adequately met during his first year (fed when he is hungry, provided a regular sleep schedule, cleaned up when his diaper is dirty), he is then ready to take on more of this self-care himself.

Therefore, in their child’s second year, parents should be alert to signs that he is moving in this direction and help him as he takes the steps towards mastery of eating, sleeping, and toileting.

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Please don’t scare the little ones at Halloween time

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Every year, the month of October brings a crescendo of frights leading up to Halloween. They appear everywhere – on television, in stores, at parties and even early learning centers and schools.

It’s all meant in fun, but for very young children scary fun isn’t fun at all; it’s just scary.

Here’s a column written several years ago. As long as we can count on zombies and goblins to appear this time of year, we’ll resurrect it as a reminder to ...

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Jordan Javier always knew he’d give back to Hanna Perkins

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Jordan Javier, Director of University Hospitals’ Rainbow Center for Women & Children, is the first member of the Hanna Perkins board of directors who was also a Hanna Perkins student.

“But that’s not happenstance,” he says. “I always knew it would happen because Hanna Perkins was an important part of my upbringing.”

Javier attended Hanna Perkins preschool and kindergarten in the early 1980s at its former University Circle location, and his memories of it are what you might expect. He remembers waiting ...

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Six timeless truths for parents

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Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond

Sept. 16, 2019

Lessons for our Grandkids’ Parents

Being a parent has become more complex, stressful and competitive. Young parents seem to feel it’s their responsibility to make a child’s life one long string of successes. They seem to think they’re in control of these small lives, and that they’re failures as parents if everything doesn’t go as planned.

These impulses are not all wrong. Good parents have always wanted to protect their children from harm – and themselves ...

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Picky Eating

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Dear Grandmothers: When we were kids, we had to eat whatever was on our plates without complaint, or we didn’t eat at all. My sister brings her children over for dinner and as soon as she sees what I’m serving tells me her kids won’t eat it, and starts making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for them. Why are kids today so picky?

Kids today are probably not any pickier than those of previous generations. Don’t you remember slipping your mystery ...

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Disrespectful children and authentic self-esteem

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When parents tell us they are unhappy about their children’s disrespectful behavior, we can think of several things that contribute to the problem.

First, disrespect seems to be a feature of the culture we live in. Facebook, movies and TV often show children behaving in snarky, sassy ways that get big laughs – so of course our young children imitate what they see and hear.

When they’re little, we may think that’s cute, but when they’re older it’s not funny at all.

Second, the emphasis on promoting “self-esteem” has ...

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Shopping for preschool: 19 things your child needs to learn

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When you begin to look at preschools for your children, it’s easy to be wowed by some of the exciting things many of them will offer to compete for your business, such as big muscle rooms, regular field trips, strenuous academic curricula, and name-brand extracurricular activities taught by outside instructors.

This splendid collection of  activities raises a question: How can parents figure out the best pre-school environment for their child?

It helps to think for a minute about who children are at ...

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