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The Importance of Banter With Young Children

Erin Leyba, LCSW, Ph.D. essentials

Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, gossiping, joking and storytelling, can be incredibly beneficial for young children. Researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that daily exchanges between a parent and a child shape language and vocabulary development. Informal talking with children …

To Those Who Diet After Christmas

Emily Wieranga self

There’s no doubt, Christmas hurts the waistline. The chocolates, cinnamon buns (Pioneer Woman anyone?) and sugar cookies, the turkey and potatoes and perogies, and for a former anorexic, the choices are overwhelming. Do I just take all five salads? How …