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Deborah Song

Deborah Song is a Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master's in journalism from New York University. She is the founder of, and is passionate about helping parents find better work-life balance and proper support through community.

Articles by Deborah

How to Plan a Special Date with your Child on Valentine’s Day

Make this Valentine’s Day memorable for your child by planning a special date with her. It really doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you turn off your phone (or at least put on silent) and spend some quality time with her. Whether you take your child to a park, a movie, or treat her to a favorite meal, here are five ways to create a great parent-child date and show your child that not only do you love her, but that you like her too, something that gets lost on our constantly corrected kids.

How to Discipline Your Child Without Criticism

Discipline and criticism often happen together but their effects couldn’t be more different. Discipline is necessary in steering a child in the right direction, criticism discourages, distracts and often steers kids in the opposite intended direction.

Start the New Year by Instilling these Good Habits in Your Child

The good habits you instill now, have the potential to change your child’s life. Here are 10 simple, yet impactful habits you can instill in your child this year.

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Give Your Child What He Needs Most

The number one need us humans have is to feel important. It’s why we wear the latest trends, drive nice cars and why we talk about our brilliant children. It’s why we work so hard to succeed and it’s also the motive, unfortunately, behind some of the worst crimes. Everyone needs to feel important.

Sugar-Free Holiday Classroom Gift Ideas That Are Sweet

Stay ahead of the holiday rush this season by checking off your child’s holiday classroom gifts with these fun, festive and sugar-free ideas. We’ve culled six of our favorite picks for their ease of executing as well as for their sweet side.

Why Even the Best Kids Regress. Here’s How to Get Your Child Back On Track.

Your once poised child starts playing with his food during time, refusing to eat it. Or your child starts wetting her bed, months after she’s been potty trained. Or the politeness once attributed through good manners have all but vanquished lately and given way to curtness, rudeness and eye-rolls. What in the world is going on, you may find yourself asking.

Tips for Helping Your Child’s Science Project Turn Into a Success (Without Doing the Work Yourself)

How do the scientists know what they know? They utilize the scientific method, which is the process students use in their school or fair science projects. Your young scholar may be coming home with a science project assignment in the very near future, which begs the burning question: how much should you help your child? Here are some ways to help your child without doing the work for her.

Why Kids are Naturally Creative and How to Preserve It in Today’s World

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Children are naturally creative. One of the greatest creative assets for kids is their inexperience. Since kids have the benefit of not knowing what is not possible, they ask “Why not?” Kids ask questions about things that, for everyone else, have become unquestioned assumptions.

10 Must-Haves for an Epic Halloween Party

Planning an epic Halloween party can be both frightfully fun and nerve wrecking at the same time. Here are 10 must-have foolproof ways to throw a freakishly good time.

10 Reasons Why Exercise Will Strengthen Your Child's Mind, Body and Soul

Exercise removes fat deposits and strengthens your heart. It increases bone density, builds muscles, and lowers the risk of heart disease, strokes and cancers. But exercise is also an incredible coping mechanism with restorative and healing powers for the mind. One study concluded that moderate to vigorous physical activity at ages 6 and 8 is linked to fewer symptoms of depression two years later.

How Holiday Baking Champion Jackson Fujimori Learned Perseverance Through Baking

ackson Fujimori’s interest in baking first sparked when he was 8 years old. A flame kindled one summer when he enrolled in a baking class at the urging of his second grade teacher who oversaw the camp.

How to Motivate Your Child to Participate in Extra-Curricular Activities

Parents are motivated now more than ever to enroll their kids in sports and other extra-curricular activities. The question is, how do you motivate your child? There is a fine balance between support and pressure. In order to motivate our kids the healthy way, it’s important to understand the needs of each individual child. Here are 7 ways to start.

7 Ways to Self-Motivate Your Child

When it comes to motivating your child, less can be more. Dangle a piece of candy, a trip to Disneyland or a shiny trophy in front of them, and any child can be motivated to do whatever you want them to in the short term. The real question, however, is how do you self-motivate a child to build the kind of character that makes them persevere in life?

What’s Behind Your Child’s Motivation? It May Be Genetics

Why are some kids motivated and others not? Until I had kids of my own, I chalked it up to parenting and the aptitude of their teachers. I don’t believe this anymore.

10 Tips for Parents Whose Children Are Attending to New Schools

Starting a new school can be scary, and what I’m going to say next is not that it doesn’t have to be. All significant change is intimidating for a child. Remember kids crave routine. Even if change doesn’t happen directly in your child’s life but happens to your child, those external changes can have profound effects on a child’s life as well.

7 Ways to Have Soaking Fun with Water (No Pool Required)

Summer ignites a magnetic charge between kids and water. The almost scientific exchange might very well transform kids into amphibians if we let them have their way; most kids I know would gladly split their habitat between swimming pool and home. But what if a pool isn’t easily accessible? There’s plenty of splash to be had this summer with a little planning and creativity. Here are our top 7 insanely fun activities for the summer that don’t require a swimming pool in sight.

10 Ways Kids Can Make Money This Summer

School’s out but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Taking a break from the classroom is a good opportunity to inch your child closer to the real world by hosting a sale. Your child can discover his inner entrepreneur and learn some essential money management skills in the process. Plus it could be a ton of fun for kids! Remember, kids love doing adult work.

How to Nurture Emotional IQ in Highly Sensitive Children

My highly sensitive child is graduating kindergarten in a couple of days. The once hesitant learner has become an active participant in class and leader within her peers. Inherent in her growth, has been her ability to better communicate and command her emotions, which has really diffused the need for tantrums and other emotional outbursts. But lately, she’s regressed as she often does when her grandparents visit for the summer.

Increase Vocabulary, Increase Emotional IQ

Before your child can talk about his problems and feelings, he needs an emotional vocabulary. Simply teaching your child how to label what he is feeling will empower him to talk about his feelings, which will lead to solutions. Here are 10 emotions your child can add to his emotional word bank.

Are Your Children Playing Enough in Preschool?

Kindergarten is not what it used to be. Much of the exploratory playtime of yore is being replaced with rigid academic learning. And the pressure to meet new kindergarten standards is having a trickle-down effect on many preschools. Preschools all over the country are trading in their sensory tables of sand and water or dramatic play areas with writing centers and a curriculum that expects preschoolers to sit still and focus.
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