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How to promote harmony through family rituals and routines

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Rituals – things that only your family does – are symbolic representations of our values and beliefs and help us bond with our children and create a sense of belonging as a family unit. Ishtar shares the importance of rituals, routine and traditions and why every family should incorporate these things into theirs. https://www.sassymamadubai.com/important-rituals-routine-disciplince-family/

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5 Tips for using reward charts effectively

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Reward charts can encourage good behaviour and motivate some children. Here are 5 tips for using reward charts effectively. Use it before you lose it. As parents we tend to bring out the reinforcers when all else fails. Introduce reward charts to your children to encourage good behaviour before there is an issue. Focus on the positive. Reward charts are used to encourage good behaviour. If you want your child to stop hitting reward gentle touching. The focus must be…

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Thank you to all my clients

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After almost five years in private practice, I'm finally getting my act together (with the help of my dear friend Jeff, my new techie guy). I have an updated website, mailing list, schedule system and invoicing process—but none of this was possible without all of you! You were courageous and brave when you reached out during some of your most vulnerable parenting and family moments.You let me in—an invitation I am honoured and privileged to accept. THANK YOU! Out of…

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  • Dreams of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Dreams of a Stay-at-Home Dad

At times I wonder if I made the right decision. Then a pot of potatoes boils over or a grilled cheese starts to burn

By Jeff Shiau The year was 1978. I was 4. The morning light muffled its way through my pale bedroom curtains and turned an opaque blue. My mother was lying beside me, smiling, the skin of her face so smooth. I looked up at her and felt at ease, at home with the one who loved me unconditionally, forever. We talked about life and getting older. “Je-fia, what do you want to be when you ghl-oh up?” she asked, her…

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KIDU Reward Tips

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Use it before you lose it.  As parents we tend to bring out the reinforcers when all else fails.  Introduce reward charts to your children to encourage good behaviour before there is an issue.   Focus on the positive.  Reward charts are used to encourage good behaviour.  If you want your child to stop hitting reward gentle touching.  The focus must be on the behaviour you want to see.  Take this as a time to take stock of your families…

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Becoming a New Parent the KIDU Way

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Becoming a new parent is one of the most life altering events you will experience and requires a huge amount of learning, surrendering, exploring, growing and discovering. It is like starting a new job without any training or manual. All the other employees have been around forever and seem to think it is their sole purpose in life to tell you how to do your work but none of them are staying after hours to get their project done. Parenting…

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KIDU for Working Moms

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We working moms are often found screaming in our offices, homes, cars and laundry rooms, “there is just not enough of me to go around or there just not enough hours in the day.”  There is definitely never enough time, we don’t work hard enough, we don’t play with our children enough, we don’t see our friends enough---we simply are never enough.  This sense of never having or more specifically being enough is what Brene Brown (author of Daring Greatly)…

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Gratitude with KIDU

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As Christmas is closely approaching and a furious energy stirs around us as we make lists, buy presents, bake cookies, wrap gifts and decorate trees---the staff at KIDU challenge you to pause and consider adopting a practice of gratitude this holiday season---not because we claim to do gratitude better than others----but because we are moms too. Moms who typically get lost in the feverish pace of it all and don’t realize we missed the point until after the presents are…

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KIDU is for Traditions

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When I think back to my childhood Christmas’ and those well into my teen years, I do not remember if Santa brought equal amount of gifts to my brothers and I. or how many presents were under the tree. What I remember are the rituals and traditions that my parents created with us around the holidays. Some traditions changed along the way like the Christmas Eve family skate at Toronto’s City Hall that transformed into years of family poker followed…

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