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Honesty is the Best Policy in Conversations with Kids

Ages & Stages Featured Parenting

We’ve all been there, or will be there at some point. Your child asks a question that calls for a “hard talk.” While it may seem easier to skirt the truth — or avoid the conversation altogether — honesty really is the best strategy, according to Kelly McNelis, founder and president of Women For One. Read her advice on this topic below:

Why is it important as a parent to be honest with your children, rather than to sugar coat or avoid hard topics?

“Our kids are watching us all the time. If they see us avoiding hard topics, or backing away from the things that make us uncomfortable, we teach them to play it safe and stuff their feelings down. It’s our responsibility to teach our children the meaning of emotional honesty and how to work through our challenges with transparency and the willingness to learn from conflict. This is why it’s important to clarify our own values and hone our communication skills — especially when it comes to talking to our kids.

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Banish Bad Dreams

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting
It’s not clear at what age kids begin to dream, but even toddlers may speak about having dreams — pleasant ones and scary ones. Nightmares aren’t completely preventable, but parents can take steps to set the stage for a peaceful night’s rest. That way, when nightmares do creep in, a little reassurance and comfort from you can quickly restore your child’s peace of mind. ...
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Fun at First & Main — Crafty Kids Registration Opens April 25!

Ages & Stages Featured Northeast Ohio Parent Events
Registration opens Tuesday for the first installment of Fun at First & Main, the 2017 summer event series presented by Akron Children's Hospital and Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. Be one of the first 250 families to register for Fun at First & Main — Crafty Kids, planned for June 7 in Hudson, and you’ll qualify for a free 2017 Fun at First & Main T-shirt! The free monthly events are ideal for parents and kids ages 2 to 9 and feature theme-related activities, including face painting, crafts, prizes, balloon creations, and more. ...
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8 Ways Kids can Help the Environment

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In honor of Earth Day, April 22, here are some easy, kid-friendly ways to teach your children about taking care of the environment.

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Northeast Ohio Earth Day Events

2017 Editions April 2017 Featured Magazine Things to do
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Celebrate this year's Earth Day with your family by enjoying nature, learning about local conservation efforts, and participating in hands-on activities and crafts. There's plenty to do in Northeast Ohio to help celebrate the occasion; check our list to plan your family's "green" weekend. ...
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Camp of the Week: Musical Fingers

Ages & Stages Parenting
Musical Fingers offers Summer Classic Rock and Contemporary Christian Rock camps with the same goals at its year-round music therapy and music education classes: let kids have a blast creating music, elevate their self-esteem and instill a deep-seated love for music; and help special needs individuals transform their dis-ability into ability. ...
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Register Soon for 2017 Events: Crocker Kids, Eton Explorers, Fun at First & Main

Latest News Northeast Ohio Parent Events Things to do
Prepare for another fun-filled summer, as Northeast Ohio Parent's event series — Crocker Kids, Eton Explorers and Fun at First & Main — return with free, family-friendly entertainment this year. The monthly events at each venue will carry a different adventurous theme and will feature interactive activities targeted for kids ages 2 to 9. Save the dates to make your family's summer the best yet! ...
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Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine Wins Editorial, Design Awards

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Northeast Ohio Parent magazine took top honors for its editorial content and design at the Parenting Media Association’s recent convention and awards ceremony, earning four Gold Awards at the annual event. Find out which sections and issues won awards, plus learn a little more about your local, go-to parenting resource! ...
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