Parenting children

Want to know how to parent effectively? Then how about finding out what type of parent you are? Usually when we think of parenting skills, we focus on the children: are they stubborn or placid? Are they energetic or do they like to take it easy? Next we focus on the values and rules we […]

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From the moment our wrinkled red faces hit the light of this world, until our (hopefully) ancient bones are laid to rest forever, we are subject to rules. Rules that say how we should be put to sleep in our certifiably-safe beds, what clothes we should we wear, what schools we should go to, and […]

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Lying is one of those things that’s as old as Adam and Eve. And whether it’s a little white lie told to spare someone’s feelings, or a biggie – everyone, at some point or another, has fallen prey to the temptation. So when I noticed my 6 year old foster daughter lying outright, I wasn’t […]

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One of the most difficult things I find about raising children-big or small- is the way it forces you to call upon every one of the abilities you possess (and even some that you don’t). I like to give the example of my job as residence manager at a 24-hour supervised residence for emotionally disabled […]

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Parenting children has just risen to a new level. Now, instead of competing about who has the most up-to-date wardrobe or the fanciest Little Tykes car, your little girl can now boast about her burgeoning mothering skills. Fisher Price’s new Little Mommy Play All Day doll has some convinced it’s a stand in for Chucky. […]

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Success is more than good grades or great looks. Here are the top 4 ways you can help your child succeed where it counts-life.

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  What do you think the most important factor is in making sure your LD child succeeds? I asked this question to a wide-variety of people: friends, clients, and acquaintances. It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor, immigrant or native to the U.S. since the Mayflower. Nor did it matter what color they […]

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scream and shout, a photo by mdanys on Flickr. It’s happened again. Your third-grader was sent out of class again for shoving a classmate in the hallway. Frustrated, discouraged, you wonder what set him off this time. Was he tired? Did he get a bad grade on a test? Whatever the reason, you’re at a […]

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Parenting middle school children is kind of like a close encounter with an alien species: suddenly the child who was calm, collected, and fairly responsive to parental intervention is an expert on imitating The Blob at one moment, and a raging tiger the next.

What to do?

Here are some tips that will help you understand why that hulking stranger in your child’s bedroom sometimes acts like they do.

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So you’re feeling like the loser of the century because you forgot to do your child’s therapy exercises – again. Or maybe your child had a bunch of homework you just knew she needed to do NOW, and you told your kid to tell the teacher your mother lost the assignment sheet. And those sensory […]

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