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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

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Study shows children of gay dads thrive

Researchers dug into the lives of families with gay fathers in a landmark study published in the journal Family Process, challenging prevalent preconceptions and shedding light on the resilience and success of these family dynamics. Contrary to some belief, children born to homosexual couples Read More...

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Parental leave revolution: South Africa's landmark decision sets new standards

South Africa plans to pioneer shared parental leave, making it the first country in Africa to implement this provision. The country's highest court recently declared that both parents had the right to time off following the birth or adoption of a child, allowing them to determine how to divide a Read More...

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Is putting your kid on time-out a good parenting tactic?

When Amy and Steve Unruh decided to adopt a four-year-old child from the Philippines, they anticipated challenges. They understood it would take time, as well as a great deal of love and care, for their family and its newest member to adjust. But they were committed to helping a child in need. The Read More...

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How to help your kids face their needle-phobia

The past couple of years have made the entire planet grapple with uncertainty, fear, and what it means to be human. Now, as Covid-19 cases still rise but deaths subside, we are learning how to live with the virus that had previously put our lives on hold.  Managing Covid-19 would not have been Read More...

Adorable 3 years old asian little girl is watering the plant in the pots outside the house.

Six tips to transform your garden into a child-friendly space

Having a family garden is a wonderful tool to teach kids the importance of eating sustainably as well as how to be responsible for another living being—but sometimes kids and plants don’t mix well. We at The Optimist Daily have previously written about how to make your garden pet-friendly. Read More...

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Why it's important to teach kids how to celebrate themselves

This past year put many milestones, events, and special occasions on hold, especially for young ones growing up during a global pandemic. However, the importance of celebrations should not be overlooked, particularly now. While children are motivated at school by praise and recognition, for Read More...

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6 ways to practice mindfulness with your kids

Experiencing anxiety and stress isn’t exclusive to adults, so practicing mindfulness shouldn’t be either. If you notice that your child is experiencing mood swings, feeling overwhelmed, or always worrying, then consider teaching them how to integrate mindfulness practice into their daily lives. Read More...

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5 tips to get your teen the sleep they need

If you’re the parent of a teen, you probably have more than enough on your hands without worrying about how much sleep your child gets. The issue is that regular sleep deprivation can affect teens even more than it affects adults. Sleep deprivation can increase chances of health issues like Read More...

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What is validation and why do we need it in relationships?

Validation is crucial for building healthy relationships. This word encompasses the simple act of listening and understanding another person, which communicates that you “get” what they might be going through. In other words, validation is reflecting what another person might be feeling, and Read More...

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Three fun valentine's day arts & crafts to do with your kids

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and for parents with young children, this could be a great opportunity to carve out some quality time and get crafty together! Plus, if you’re trying to limit processed sugar in your family, doing arts and crafts with your kids is a much healthier Read More...