Author: Parent Cue

How to Survive the Terrible Twos

Life can be challenging and unpredictable. And, if you’re parenting a two-year-old, you’re guaranteed this year will have plenty of both. That sweet baby who used to cuddle in your arms has not only learned how to walk but now he can run away from you—and fast. That little angel whose smile used to light up your world can now smile at you as she drops your phone—into the bathtub.

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PCL 38: How to Be More Present with Your Kids

Parents are busy these days, and we keep getting busier. Though we want to connect with our kids, our demanding schedules make it hard to know how to be present with them consistently. Kara Powell, director of Fuller Youth Institute, shares how to have quality time and focus on our kids even in the midst of busy schedules. Because the way we are present for our kids through their life is an important part of who they become.

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Why You Should Pay Attention to Your First Grader

In the world of education, we often group kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders into a category called early childhood. Or, as I personally call them, the “fun” years. In this phase, there’s very little drama or romantic distraction. Instead, it’s the age where make-believe meets reality. Imagination pumps through the classroom so strongly you can almost feel it. And children discover they have the power to create a unique place in this world. So, welcome to first grade! You’re right in the heart of the sweetest years. Maybe that’s why, as an elementary principal, I often find myself...

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6 Things To Watch For In the Middle School Home Stretch

Congratulations! You’re officially in the “home stretch” of middle school! After surviving seventh grade, you might be thinking, “Praise the Lord! The end of the tunnel is in sight and middle school is almost over.” But don’t rush past this year too quickly. Eighth grade may be the very best year yet. Something incredible happens as your kid rounds the corner from seventh to eighth grade. Uncertainty becomes confidence. “I need you” becomes, “I’ve got this.” And with a much stronger sense of self, your kid begins moving from “what is” to “what could be.” Sure, eye rolls, huffing...

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The Grunt and the Gurgle: How Boys and Girls are Different

Have you noticed yet that parenting a boy is very different than parenting a girl? Turns out that they’re wired differently, from birth. And one of the ways they are different is in the way they communicate. From birth, both boys and girls like to grunt and gurgle. The difference is that girls prefer people to interact with while boys are equally happy to chatter away at abstract geometric designs. The male brain is wired for activity while the female brain is biased towards a relationship. One study involving 2-4 day old babies showed that baby boys spent 50% less...

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