Monthly Archives: December 2011

DCP Helping Parent “Top Ten”

Please plan to come 10 minutes early and stay 10 minutes late. Your teachers really rely on having an extra set of hands in the classroom during these times just before and after class! NO CELL PHONES! Ask questions! The teachers are happy to help you with any questions you may have whether it’s about where to find a clean towel to wipe up

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It Takes Two to Breathe

As parents, we try to teach our children skills to cope with life’s inevitable disappointments and frustrations. We often forget, however, that our children are learning more by watching our responses when life doesn’t go our way. Take me, for instance. When my five children hear me yell at traffic during our morning commute, what they are really learning is that you scream and

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Surviving the Airport During Holiday Travel

We are an airline family, which means that we travel often (nothing exotic – just to see grandparents). When we do travel, we travel on standby. In five years of flying with babies/toddlers/preschoolers and carrying on all of our luggage, we’ve developed a few tricks of the trade that I’ve passed along to almost everyone I know: Getting through the airport. We knew that

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Misbehavior is a good thing!

Well, shocking as it may seem, we parents should actually be thankful for a little misbehavior from our children. Why? Because children are acquiring crucial skills and increasing their social awareness when they misbehave. Misbehavior serves these seven essential functions: The other beautiful thing about misbehavior is that children get to express developmentally-appropriate behavior in the safety of their homes, so that when they

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