Children’s Book Day

Today is Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday which is a great reason to celebrate what he was known best for — amazing stories for children. We now call today Children’s Book Day, and to observe it, the team at KidZui decided to dig deep into our memories to write a few words about our favorite books …

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Sensory Processing Disorder and What it’s Like for Us

If you don’t know anything about sensory processing disorder (SPD) – sometimes called sensory integration dysfunction –  don’t worry, you’re not alone. Basically, people with sensory processing disorder are not able to accurately interpret sensory input such as taste, sound, touch, smell and sight. It can affect people in one sense or a multitude of …

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Other Parent is Too Strict

It is quite common for one parent to think that the other parent is too strict. The overly strict parent may be the biological parent of your child (i.e. your current spouse or your ex-spouse). Just as easily, the overly strict parent may be the child’s step-parent (i.e. your spouse from your recent re-marriage). No …

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Child is Destructive – Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Children can be destructive for several reasons. Some are “innocently” destructive due to excess energy and poor judgment. Kids with ADHD, for instance, can play too wildly at times, accidentally causing damage to property through impulsive behavior. Other kids are destructive on purpose, acting out their anger, hurt or frustration. This sometimes occurs because of …

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Arguments and Arguing

Everyone has an opinion: the toddler thinks she should stay up late while Mom thinks she should be in bed early. The 10 year-old thinks ketchup belongs on every food while the parents think not. One spouse thinks dishes can dry in the drainer while the other thinks they belong in the cupboard. Sometimes, we …

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Motherhood Tragedies

Over the past year I’ve watched two of my friends–both amazing moms–go through unimaginable tragedies with their children. When your friends go through something like this, you feel helpless. You know there’s nothing that will take the pain away and you definitely don’t want to say or do anything that may be misconstrued or that …

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Even with Autism Awareness, Do Other Parents Really ‘Get It’?

Being an autism parent comes with an inherent number of trials that most of us aren’t prepared for. Thankfully, there are some amazing people in the world who ally themselves with special needs parents and naturally show a great deal of empathy. But, unfortunately, the majority of people really don’t understand what living with autism …

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Breakfast Club Parenting

A few nights ago I was working at night and had the television on in the background where they were showing a string of 80s brat-pack movies. If you’re a prime parent, then you grew up in the age of John Hughes movies, complete with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Matthew …

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Good Cop, Bad Cop Parenting

In some households, one parent is the “nice” one while the other is the “disciplinarian.” Children, of course, tend to prefer the nicer parent. The other parent – the “bad” cop – is often resentful. This parent knows that children need boundaries, limits and guidance and wants to do the best for his or her …

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