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Get Your Act Together: Helping Kids Define and Detail Their Personal Space And Keep It Clean
My dh has a teenage niece, in fact, he’s got a few; and while they are generally “good” kids I’m repeatedly reminded about the “mindlessness” of most adolescents. Perhaps a trait they’ve acquired from their other siblings or parents, but I digress. One niece collects pop bottles and has them ... Read On
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Squeaky Clean: Teaching Toddlers About Hygiene
While some suggest that twos are terrible, your baby entering “toddlerhood” can be a lot of fun. In fact, it’s at this stage that you can connect and bond by interacting and that you can begin teaching your child about rules, live and hygiene. In fact, the latter is imperative at this stage since ... Read On
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No Time For Kidding Around: Making Sure Your Little Ones Get To Bed On Time This Holiday Season
Kids want to grow up and that means wanting to stay up past their bedtime and “party” with mom and dad. And, while this is usually the “norm”, it can get “worse” with all the fanfare of the holiday season. After all, between all the sweet holiday treats and all the excitement, you may find kids ... Read On
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The Parent Trap: Avoiding Feeling “Trapped” By Parenting
My husband and I often get into (heated) discussions about the right way to parent (and we don’t even have kids). Still, it’s the error of others’ ways that opens up this Pandora’s box for discussion. And, while he’s definitely more of the “good cop” type, I have more of a “bad cop” mentality when ... Read On
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Words Of Wisdom: Taking Slang Out Of Your Kid’s Vocabulary
While somehow slang has become acceptable business speech and a way to communicate with family and friends, some suggest it has no place in our schools. After all, kids, especially those in their years of elementary education are still striving to master the language, so it’s best not to confuse ... Read On
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Social Butterflies: How To Build Confidence In Kids Who Get Butterflies At The Thought Of Socializing
Some people make “odd” look cool but typically, in mainstream society, “odd” is out. And, being out of the loop can be extremely difficult on kids, tweens and teens. But, as “frustrating” as this may be for kids, it’s often even harder for the parents, especially if “they” aren’t or never were ... Read On
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The Baby Network: How Networking Can Make “Parenting” Easier
Even moms and dads want some time alone, and away from the kiddies. But, most don’t often get it, and it’s all a matter of child care or lack thereof. Still, being an “individual” and/or couple is possible, at least according to women who’ve been there, done that. Here’s what they ... Read On
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Sticky Social Situations: Dealing With Old Friendships And The New School Year
It’s “back to school” time, and that means a new year with lots of new “tough” challenges for both children and their parents; and we’re not just talking about the curriculum. With each year your child embarks on a journey to new people, new adventures, and new life lessons. And, you are likely ... Read On
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On Good Behaviour: Excellent Etiquette For Kids
One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when people presume that rules and social norms DON’T apply to children, and believing that they’ll learn “right” and “wrong” in due time. In fact, I’m a strong believer that parents are raising adults and not necessarily children, and when it comes to manners and ... Read On
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Parenting Style: How To “Perfect” Yours
Regardless of how HUGE your circle of friends was back in high school and in your freshman and sophomore year of college what most people, especially women will find, it that, that circle begins to “close” by the time you graduate and enter the workforce. From friends who “hook up”, get married, ... Read On
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Play By The Rules: The Etiquette Of Play Dates.
We all now about social graces and office etiquette, but how many of us, especially those who are new and first-time parents, are familiar with the “politics” of the playground? Yes, there are rules and regulations, not only for children, but also for the parents, when it comes to play dates and ... Read On
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The Adoption Process: What You Need To Know When It Comes To Starting Your Family
Starting a family is something most families look forward to, or at least discuss, typically not long after they say their “I Dos”. Still, more and more couples are not only putting off marriage, but having babies, until they’ve gotten the marriage, career and home thing pretty much down pat. And, ... Read On
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