Proactive Parenting Blog

The tools and advice you need, taken from the latest research and scientific literature, to help you feel confident and in control as you raise your children.

Flexible parenting techniques

When a child won’t listen

John was at the park with his 4-year-old daughter, Ann. It was a bright, warm sunny day and they were having fun together. Ann was telling her father how to play the game and he was enjoyin...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 18 of March, 2020
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Values to help your child be socially successful

Every family is different and there are no universal norms for how to raise a child. That said, in order for our children to fluidly move between school, the houses of fri...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 27 of February, 2020
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A simple technique to praise your child so they feel it

Patty was sitting in the living room reading a magazine when her 10-year-old daughter, Lynn, burst into the room. Patty looked up and noticed that Ly...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 12 of February, 2020
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Catch your little ones being good

Bill and Imogen had three small children, ages 5, 3, and 7 months. Both Bill and Imogen worked outside the home and used a daycare to watch th...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 31 of January, 2020
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Practical ways to support teens who are stressed out about school

On Sunday evening June was in the kitchen preparing dinner for her family. Her 16-year-old son, Timothy, walked into the kitchen and slumped into a chair. June looked at her son and said, “Is ev...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 16 of January, 2020
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Baby supplies: What you really need and what you don’t

Jennifer and Thomas were going to have their first child. Jennifer was 7 months pregnant and actively getting ready for the birth of her son. She read baby magazines, she searched...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 13 of December, 2019
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Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol

Krista was exclusively breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter, Lauren. At dinner Krista and her husband, Kent, would have a glass of wine while Lauren sat in her swing next to the t...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 29 of November, 2019
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When to end purees and start soft table foods with your infant

Julia was delighted to begin solid foods with her 6-month-old son Brandon. Brandon was a champion eater and quickly learned to manage the iron-fortified rice cereal fed to him from a ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 15 of November, 2019
Limits and discipline

Let children set their own limits on physical touch

Bridget was 10 years old and attending a big family reunion. Her parents Joe and Marsha introduced her to lots of family members she c...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 24 of October, 2019
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The dangers of teen vaping

Mark and Laura were divorced and raising teenagers. When Mark had his teens at his house, he would find vaping materials in their rooms and in...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 10 of October, 2019
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