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Michelle Johnston has worked with parents and caregivers as a family educator with Commonwealth Parenting for eighteen years. She is the mom of four.

My first-grader is not having an easy time learning to read. It seems like everyone in his class is making great strides, and he is struggling to the point of…

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Parenting Advice

I feel like my whole day at home with my 2-year-old revolves around food. What’s a good snacking strategy? Should I wait until he acts hungry, or schedule a time…

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 Q: Several days ago. my son, 11, stayed home from school because of illness and I had to take a day off from work to stay with him. I found…

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Q: Can you recommend a good discipline strategy for 10-year-olds? A: Yes, in one word: consequences.When parents are first trying to diffuse temper tantrums and other toddler and preschool misbehavior,…

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Q: My 2½-year-old just moved to a big kid bed. He was a great sleeper in the crib, but now he wakes up several times at night and wanders in…

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Q: A new mom friend of mine is behaving strangely and I’m worried. For a while she refused to take a shower when the baby was napping because she worried…

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