A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

How to Do Program Over the Holidays: What Your Evaluator Wants You to Know
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by Ellen Doman I think that I speak for all of the evaluators when I say that we want you to enjoy the holidays with your children and family. In order to really have a nice time without worrying about all of the things you are not getting done on program, there are a few things that you need to … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 1 – Communication
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by Bob Doman I just finished a novel, Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, a very well written, powerful book about the experience of a solder participating in the war in Iraq. On the next to last page of the book there was a sentence that jumped out at me. The author, in reference to something that had been very significant … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 2 – Education/Behavior
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by Bob Doman Most child management/behavior problems are credibility problems, a problem with the parent’s and/or the teacher’s credibility. If you don’t say what you mean and mean what you say, your child learns simply not to believe you. “If you do this again, I’m gonna….” The credibility problem more often than not begins when our children are toddlers because … Read More

Parenting 101: Questions for Bob Doman, Part 1
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. T. asks: My three-year-old son loves to watch the same videos over and over again. This is driving my husband and me crazy! But our son throws a fit if we don’t put on the video he wants, so we almost always give in. Is it okay for him to watch the same video a hundred times? Dear T., Anything you can’t do … Read More

Parenting 101: Processing, Behavior, and Maturity
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. In my last article I introduced “sequential processing” and encouraged readers to find out how well you and those in your family can process information. I hope you all took advantage of the opportunity. If you didn’t, you can still go to www.thenacdproject.com and take the free memory test. Over the years we have discovered that sequential processing, which is … Read More

Advocacy 101: From a NACD Parent
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by Annie Kratzsch It was in an ophthalmology waiting room that I first heard about NACD. I struck up a conversation with a mom who was feeding her daughter through a g-tube. My son, Collin, like her little girl, used a feeding tube to eat. He was also cortically blind, had a catastrophic seizure disorder, extremely low muscle tone, and … Read More

Goals
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by Lori Riggs When I was in college I took flying lessons. My dad, whose curriculum vitae included private pilot since age 16, instructor pilot, fighter pilot, and airline pilot, did not teach me. However, coming to visit me in Waco one weekend, he was happy to fly with me to see what I had learned, and I was anxious … Read More

Getting It All Done: A Tale of Two Employees
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by Sara Erling (with Lori Riggs) I am often asked by fellow NACD moms, “How do you do it?” “How do you get it all done?” “Why do you have your kids involved in so many activities?” The easy answer is to say that I am a little crazy. (But I’m really not.) I think it comes down to our … Read More

A Tool is Just That
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by Lori Riggs You want to build a house, so you borrow a hammer. Every day you pull out your hammer and pound on something—anything—twice a day for two hours. And sometimes you just hold the hammer and look at it or set it close to a nail. Certainly at the rate of four hours of pounding per day, not … Read More

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