Development

Family Business with a Smile

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Two of the biggest obstacles parents face as their children grow older center on maintaining parental power and encouraging communication between family members. One of the most effective ways to maintain control of your household, while at the same time promoting a strong line of communication between parent and child, is to hold periodic family… Read more »

Fighting the Gimmes

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In a world of “gimme, gimme, gimme” and “buy this and buy that,” now is the time to equip our children with the arsenal they need to be cognizant consumers. “Mom, are we poor?” my 8-year-old asked the other day. I thought for a moment before I answered. Certainly there is not an overabundance of… Read more »

Limits and Why Kids Need Them

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Admit it. The only time you drive 55 miles an hour on the highway is when you see a state trooper’s radar gun pointed your way. Most times, like most people, you casually break the speed limit within a margin you feel is safe and that the flow of traffic seems to condone. OK, so… Read more »

Mind Your Manners!

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When most of today’s parents were children, they were taught to say “please” and “thank you,” keep their elbows off the table, write thank-you notes and speak with respect to adults. However, somewhere around the 1960’s young people were encouraged to “do your own thing,” which seemed to include throwing out the P’s and Q’s… Read more »

Peaceful Discipline

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Not too long ago, I was loading my sons into the car after a horrendous grocery shopping experience throughout which the boys acted like little hooligans. I strapped my resistant 2-year-old into his car seat, simultaneously barking at my 4-year-old to “sit down … NOW!”

Peaceful Solutions to Kid Fights

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When physical fighting among kids gets – quite literally – out-of-hand, it’s time for parents to take action. Do you know that 70 percent of all families have children who physically fight? If your family is one of them, take heart, you are not alone. The good news is, physical fighting can be eliminated or… Read more »

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