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The spirit of giving: How children’s gifts are recieved

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It was Christmas morning. As the family sat around the little tree, under which was a modest pile of wrapped gifts, Nina could not contain herself.

She ran to the tree, pulled her gifts away from the others and distributed them; one for Poppa, a couple for Mommy and Daddy, and one for Grandma.

She then stood by and watched, wriggling and grinning as they were opened. She was almost 4 and her babysitter had helped her make a card for each ...

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Parenting through the holidays

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holiday girl and dad_freedigitalphotos_imagerymajesticThe holidays can be such a wonderful family experience, but they also bring many moments that present emotional challenges for young children.

Here is a series of essays from The Grandmothers that address a range of situations and thoughts to make the holidays special and memorable for everyone in the family.

Image courtesy of Imagery Majestic/Freedigitalphotos.net

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Helping your children in the wake of the latest school shooting

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It’s amazing how routine it’s become to hear news of violence that affects children. Does news of yet another school shooting still affect you quite the same way it did when we heard about Sandy Hook?

If so, our first reaction on hearing the latest is to hug our children tightly. If not, if you’ve grown numb, keep in mind that young children who hear about it are learning of such things for the first time. And it’s hard to think they ...

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How violence affects young children

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An article published Oct. 21, 2014 in The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com cited Hanna Perkins Education Director Barbara Streeter in explaining why children who are victims of violence have such varied reactions.

The article noted: “A child’s reaction to violence is difficult to predict and depends on a number of variables, Streeter said. But it’s where the child’s brain is in terms of its development that plays a larger role in how such trauma will impact children ...

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A holiday wish: Simple delight in your children

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What quality would we Grandmothers most ardently wish for you parents of young children in this final, bustling season of the year?

Well OK, you didn’t ask, but we’re going to tell you anyway. Not patience, not insight, not mediation skills, not tolerance for mud and messes, not the ability to survive your busy day on three hours of sleep, not immunity to childhood illnesses, but delight. Delight in your children.

At this time of year you’ve doubtless had many opportunities to observe ...

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Helping children really appreciate the season

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It’s happening again. We’ve all seen it before. A mother rushing along the sidewalk or through the mall, pushing a stroller and holding the hand of a 3-year-old who, in danger of having her shoulder dislocated, is half-walking half-trotting in an effort to keep up.

The holidays are here. The media is ratcheting up the excitement and the stores are inviting us in with glorious decorations, repetitive holiday music and shelves overburdened with things to buy. We are beginning to feel ...

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A little housekeeping in the Drop-In room

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We’ve been doing some housekeeping in the Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center; next time you drop in, things may look a little bit different.

If you have small children, you may want to let them know in advance that the furniture has been moved around so they aren’t too surprised. They’ll recognize all the same furniture, toys and activity stations, but with a fresh new layout. The goal is to make the room a little more enjoyable to use and a little ...

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Remembering Dr. John Kennell

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It is with sadness that we note the passing of John H. Kennell, M.D. He was professor emeritus of pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

As a doctor and educator, he had immeasurable influence on an untold number of children, parents, families, medical students, therapists and physicians. He helped revolutionize the way families – and especially ...

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Why we care so much about maple syrup

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One of many skills that young children begin to develop as they go through preschool and kindergarten is tolerance for delayed gratification. They practice patience.

That may be the most immediate lesson offered by an unassuming sapling planted recently on the front lawn at Hanna Perkins School.

But some day, probably at about the time this year’s kindergarteners are stressing over college applications, the new sugar maple will become a teaching tree – revisiting a Hanna Perkins tradition of collecting sap to ...

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65,000 register for course on ‘Emotional Intelligence’

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, manage and communicate feelings.

At Hanna Perkins Center, emotional intelligence is regarded as a key to happiness and success in life. We’re not alone in this.

Earlier this spring, Richard Boyatzis – a highly regarded professor at Case Western Reserve University – offered a free online class called Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. According to The Plain Dealer, more than 65,000 people registered to take it.

The ...

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