professional development

9 action steps towards handling your child’s school performance

By Ruth Freeman | November 6, 2018

Worried about your child’s school performance? When your children, especially teens, struggle with school, parents can easily fall into nagging, coaxing and hassling or even punishing when in reality none of those things work and sometimes actually make it worse. One mom wrote to us about her 13 year old son whose grades starting going …

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I felt a little bit more lost than I anticipated

By Ruth Freeman | November 1, 2018

“I felt a little bit more lost than I anticipated,” a quote from a mom in Chelsea Conaboy’s excellent article about the emotional experience of pregnancy and new motherhood.  Most physicians do not talk with us about these changes because they are not well-trained in emotional development.  But, a mid-wife or doula might talk about …

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My 2 year old is jumping out of her crib…

By Ruth Freeman | October 2, 2018

Are we ready for a big girl/boy bed? When a child climbs out of the crib, it can be a safety challenge. This can be hard to prevent and some parents use this as a cue to transition to a toddler bed, which is lower to the floor. Parents need to consider what their long …

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51 Benefits of Arts Education for Kids

By Ruth Freeman | September 11, 2018

It’s National Arts in Education Week, the perfect time to remember the many benefits that learning music, art, and drama bring to our children. Not only does Arts Education provide kids with the possibility of discovering a lifelong passion or creative career, but it also nurtures happiness, wellbeing, and inspiration – all things that can …

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Dana Asby, CEI Intern posts about Peace at Home Parenting’s Free Spanish Parenting Workshop

By Ruth Freeman | August 24, 2018

Peace at Home Parenting Offers Free Spanish Language Parenting Workshops Posted on August 16, 2018 Dana Asby, CEI Intern Most parents want more information about parenting, yet 65% of all parents never attend a single class or discussion about parenting (Zepeda, Varela, and Morales, 2004). This may be due to a lack of accessibility with …

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Center for Educational Improvement article by Dana Asby

By Ruth Freeman | August 24, 2018

Peace at Home: Bringing Parent Education Online Posted on August 13, 2018 Dana Asby, CEI Intern Many parents, especially first time parents, have low levels of self-efficacy in parenting. In fact, 79% of parents want more information about child-rearing (Zepeda, Varela, and Morales, 2004). Parent education programs typically involve a parent educator conducting a series …

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Punto de vista de una madre latina: Crianza y Cultura

By Ruth Freeman | August 15, 2018

blog inglés > Yo crecí en Bogotá, Colombia y cuando mi hijo mayor tenía sólo tres años, me mudé a Storrs, CT para acompañar a mi esposo mientras él realizaba su doctorado en la Universidad de Connecticut. Mi esposo y yo siempre dimos mucha importancia a la educación y queríamos compartir ese valor con nuestro …

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Latina Mother POV: Parenting and Culture

By Ruth Freeman | August 12, 2018

Spanish blog > I grew up in Bogota, Colombia and when my oldest son was just three years old I moved to Storrs, CT to accompany my husband while he pursued his PhD at the University of Connecticut. My husband and I both always placed great importance on education and we both wanted to be …

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