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How Do You Teach Children To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude & Instill A Spirit Of Giving?

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How Do You Teach Children To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude & Instill A Spirit Of Giving? Your son has just opened his 4th present.  Instead of showing gratitude, he throws it aside and says, “What’s next!?”  Your Daughter starts throwing a fit because she just counted the gifts and she has one less than her brother.  The vision you had of a holiday filled with the spirit of giving has diminished in the matter of minutes.   The November and December Holidays are often known to be the season of influenza, but it’s also a season when “affluenza” can be particularly contagious,... (Read More ...)

How Can You Help With Teenage Problems When Your Teens Won’t Talk?

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How Can You Help With Teenage Problems When Your Teens Won’t Talk?   How Can You Help With Teenage Problems When Your Teens Won’t Talk Do Conversations With Your Teens Sound Like This? Jimmy, 15-years-old, just got home from soccer practice. “Tom is a jerk,” he fumed as he bounded through the door. “Jim Cooper, you know better than to call people names. What is the problem?” demanded his mom, Kim. Jim’s voice trembled with hurt as he angrily snapped, “He laughed and made fun me in front of everyone when I tripped and fell on the field today.” “Well, kids can be cruel at... (Read More ...)

Looking for Homework Tips For Parents of Children who Intentionally Don’t Do Their Homework?

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Looking for Homework Tips For Parents of Children who Intentionally Don’t Do Their Homework?   Can you relate to Barb? Barb is a single mom.  She leaves work, rushes to pick up the children from after-school care and then home to start dinner.  Once dinner is started, she begins asking about homework.  Her teenager says “I’ll do it later.”  Barb says, “You need to get started now because your sister has a soccer game tonight and there won’t be time later.”  Her ten-year-old pulls the homework out of her bag and complains, “I’m not good at math.  I’ll never get these problems... (Read More ...)

Are You Doing More Homework Than Your Children? What Can Homework Helpers Do To Halt Homework Hassles?

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Are You Doing More Homework Than Your Children? What Can Homework Helpers Do To Halt Homework Hassles?   Can you relate to Joan? Joan has two children who just can’t seem to get their homework done without her or them getting frustrated to tears.  Joan repeatedly picks up or delivers her one child’s forgotten homework . When her daughter does remember it, she doesn’t understand it and Joan feels like she has to teach her all over again! Her other child could get his homework done in a flash, if he would just sit down and do it. He puts it off, because he says he already knows it and thinks... (Read More ...)

Back to School Tips for Teens Entering High School

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How Do I Prepare Teens to Leave the Nest? Back to School Tips for Teens Entering High School   John is going be at the high school this year.  There are so many different students.  John seems to be more out spoken than he used to be and has started to back talk frequently.  His parents are concerned that John is shutting down the lines of communication he once had with them.  They are afraid he may get in with the “wrong crowd” and make some bad decisions.  Do you have a child transitioning from middle school to high school?   If so, you will want to find ways to keep the lines of... (Read More ...)

Back to School Tips for Teens Headed to College

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How Do I Prepare My Teen to Leave the Nest? Back to School Tips for Teens Headed to College   Amy is headed off college for the first time this Fall.  She will be 3 hours away from home.  It will be the first time she is that far away from her parents.  Amy’s parents are concerned about their daughter.  Will she make the right decisions?  They have concerns about teenage drinking.  Will she give into peer pressure?  They hope the values that are important to them will remain with their daughter during her time at college. Do you have a child headed off to college for the first time?  ... (Read More ...)

BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL

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BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL My three-year-old son is very active and gets more so around bedtime. We have a bedtime routine that begins at 8:30 p.m. and includes a bath, healthy snack, storytelling, teeth-brushing and three books. After I turn out the lights, I sit by the bed until he falls asleep. Otherwise he will jump up and follow me, making a game out of us chasing him. When he does, I bring him back to bed, tell him he doesn’t have to go to sleep but he must stay in his room. Most nights I lie next to him and hold him so he can’t get up.... (Read More ...)

Praise for Parents

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  Praise for Parents “Of all the jobs and professions in the world, parenting is the most important, difficult, and potentially rewarding. It is the only job that never ends; we are parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year, every year. Even when children are adults, we are still their parent. We don’t make money by having children; we spend it. Our paychecks can’t be measured by material standards; they are hugs, thank-you’s, smiles, and seeing our child grow and mature.” – – Excerpt from The Parent’s Toolshop Parenting advice usually... (Read More ...)

How to Build Teamwork When You And Your Partner Have Different Parenting Styles

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How To Build Teamwork When You And Your Partner Have Different Parenting Styles Many of us have a variety of parenting partners: spouses, ex-spouses, teachers, day care workers, relatives, friends and neighbors. Each partner can have a parenting style that differs from ours. When parenting styles clash, parents may overreact, interfere or try to change the partner. Parents may also try to compensate for the imbalances of the other by being more extreme. This damages parenting partnerships, confuses children and teaches them how to manipulate better.  Learning how to cope with different parenting... (Read More ...)

HANDLING TEMPER TANTRUMS

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  EXPERT ON CALL – HANDLING TEMPER TANTRUMS Q. I’ve read that I should ignore my child’s tantrums, but I worry that he’ll think I don’t care.  What is the best way of handling temper tantrums? A. Not all tantrums are alike. Therefore, using one approach for all tantrums is usually ineffective. You need to identify the cause of the tantrum your child is having to respond in a way that is most productive. There are four types of tantrums: Frustration tantrums. When a child is frustrated, it is reassuring for a parent to notice those feelings and the difficulty of... (Read More ...)