December 08, 2015

Gifts your child can make

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By Kathy Kuhl Our kids are restless with the holidays are upon us. In a world of advertisements, how to do we help our kids grow more generous, and less greedy? One way is to let them make gifts this season. But if you’re like me, you’re busy and a bit tired, and time and money are […]

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August 04, 2015

Calming the angry child

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By Kathy Kuhl How do you help an angry child? To help the child exercise self-control, we have to control ourselves, keep everyone safe, and then consider what will settle them. One mother I interviewed for Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner told a story illustrating this. At a playground, a child took something from her son. […]

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July 28, 2015

When fireworks aren’t pretty

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By Kathy Kuhl Fireworks aren’t so pretty–when they happen at the kitchen table. When my son was in school, some days he’d be so frustrated from trying to decode those dancing letters and not be distracted by his classmates, that he’d come home ready to explode. We homeschooled him for grades 4-12, which helped. But […]

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July 21, 2015

Hidden Cost of Learning Disabilities for Family Life

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When we find out a child has a learning disability, we often first think of how he or she struggles with academic work. It’s easy to overlook the hidden costs and the hidden pain of learning disabilities. Sarah Entine unveils how learning disabilities affect family and social life in her engaging, honest, award-winning film, Read […]

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July 02, 2015

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Book review

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Review by Kathy Kuhl The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron. 383 pages. Future Horizons. We all know people who need help learning how to get along with others. Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron, two very different successful adults with […]

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May 26, 2015

Strangers: how should your child respond?

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By Kathy Kuhl A scary video on Facebook launched a good conversation, for once. It showed an experiment repeated with several children. A stranger with puppy approached a child at a playground, chatted, let the child pet the puppy, and invited the child “to come see the other puppies.” In each case, the parents had […]

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December 03, 2014

My Top Ten Holiday Resources & a gift or two

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by Kathy Kuhl For a happier, saner, holiday: Instead of Christmas cards, send Easter cards and letters. Enjoy an Advent calendar. I don’t care if it’s a cheap chocolate one from the grocery store, one of the expensive Lego advent sets, or one you make. I’m fond of the traditional cardboard ones from Germany, which […]

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October 08, 2014

Secrets of Social Success

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(Part 3 on finding the right extra-curricular activities) By Kathy Kuhl Last time, I wrote about helping your child with learning challenges get ready for their new group (a club, scouts, choir, or the like.) But for some kids, getting the work done and getting the gear together is the easy part. It’s the social […]

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December 06, 2013

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: Review of John Gottman’s book

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Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D., with Joan DeClaire. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. 220 pages. Review by Kathy Kuhl How do your children deal with feelings—their own and other people’s? Not being able to deal with emotion wisely can cripple your children’s future. John Gottman, offers […]

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March 28, 2013

Peacemaking

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  Peacemaker Ministries offers help in conflict resolution from a biblical perspective. I’ve found Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, and Corlette Sande’s Young Peacemaker workbooks both very practical and thought-provoking. The first book comes in a student edition. The Young Peacemaker comes with a DVD containing a series of workbooks, suitable for about ages 9-15. […]

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