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35 Conversation Starters to Get Kids Talking

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When it comes to kids, there are some who are quite chatty and others who you have a hard time prying anything out of. If your child is the latter, it’s helpful to have a few questions in your back pocket that naturally lend themselves to conversations. Below is a great list of conversation starters […]

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Bullying in Schools

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If you think bullying in schools isn’t an issue, think again. Twenty percent of school children have “done some bullying.” One out of every four children is bullied in the United States. No matter where you live, every parent needs to know more about bullying. Keep reading to learn about this serious problem. Bullying always […]

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My Kid Sleeps all Day

My Teen Sleeps All Day

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Why is My Teeneager Sleeping All Day? Sometimes it seems like teenagers do nothing but sleep. They sleep in class. They sleep on the bus and in the car. They oversleep in the morning. They’re still sleeping in the afternoon. In fact, the one time you can pretty much guarantee your teen won’t be sleeping […]

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Survival Guide to Puberty

Parents Survival Guide to Puberty

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The Parent’s Survival Guide to Puberty Everyone knows that it is a parent’s right and duty to prepare their child to survive puberty. It is a strange and difficult time and parents, at least, have the benefit of having gone through it themselves and come out the other side. So they are expected to be […]

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Age Appropriate Bed Times

Age Appropriate Bed Times

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Stop Fatigue – Bedtimes for Kids The subject of age appropriate bedtimes is an important one simply because of what’s at stake. A child needs to get enough sleep each night to fuel their healthy growth and development the next day. An age appropriate bedtime and the accompanying trappings of bedtime routine will help to promote […]

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Secret to a smooth bedtime

Bedtime Routines that Work

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Routine is the Secret to a Smooth Bedtime Whether you are two or twenty, getting to bed and getting to sleep can prove to be a challenge. In some cases, the battle occurs when your child simply cannot bear to miss one moment of potential wakefulness.  Admit it, this keeps you up some nights, too. […]

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No is Good

Be a Parent Not a Friend

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No is good for kids, just say it nicely We all want desperately to be loved by others. We want the unconditional love of parents and siblings, spouses, friends, coworkers, strangers, and pets. Most of all however, we want the love of our children. We want to be their whole worlds, at least partly because […]

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Eat together often as a Family

Eat Together Often

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Eat Together Often  As a Family Family mealtimes have largely gone the way of the dodo in modern society. We are all to busy and too harried to do the work of planning, shopping, preparing, serving, and eating a family meal not once, but many times a week. Modern life is simply too faced paced […]

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Be the Boss and Don't Argue

Arguing With Your Children

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You’re the Boss – Act Like It Children, as a group, are argumentative. Its one of their universal traits and it is inspired by many different forces in their lives. There are times when the only control a child has is the ability to carry on an argument. There are times when a child uses arguing […]

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Dealing with Teenage Girls

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My Little Girl  is Boy Crazy! It’s finally happened. You’ve begun to see the signs all over her behavior. Her notebooks are covered with hearts and doodled initials. She’s constantly texting, talking, and typing with friends of both genders—and then giggling. Her interest in clothes, hair, and make up is taking off. In fact, these […]

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How to Speed Up a Dawdling Child

Speed Up a Dawdling Child

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How to Speed Up a Dawdling Child In this fast paced world, we often feel like there is no extra time at all. Certainly we don’t want to have to waste time on someone else’s dawdling, but for parents of young children, its often not a matter of choice. If you are dealing with a […]

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What websites at what age

What Websites at What Age

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21st Century Parenting  What sites? What age? What leash? Online social networking sites began with college students. They have become immensely popular with adults of all ages. Now it seems, that this popularity has sparked a trend among young people as well. Children are lying about their age online in order to create Facebook and […]

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How to Overcome Shyness

How to Overcome Shyness

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Overcome Excessive Shyness Once and For All Shyness in social situations is extremely common, particularly for younger children. Studies show that most people experience some forms of shyness and fall somewhere on a scale between shyness and boldness. It is only when shyness prompts a withdrawal from social interaction that it becomes excessive and therefore […]

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New Rules for Playing Outside

Keep Kids Safe When Playing Outside

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Playing Outside – The New Rules Whether the season is summer, winter, autumn, or spring outdoor play is an important part of childhood. Your children need to get outside and connect with their bodies and their world as much as they need to develop their minds in school. But unlike schoolwork, outdoor play can present […]

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Is Your Child Too Competitive

Is Your Child Too Competitive

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Is Your Child Too Competitive? The conversation about competitiveness in children is ongoing in our society. Some experts point out that we have no natural competitive spirit, that it is inculcated by parents and family members. Some argue that competitive children are successful children, that they are gaining life skills that will take them places […]

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How to Reward Good Behavior

How to Reward Good Behavior

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Rewarding Good Grades and Behavior When it comes to rewarding grades and behavior there is a fine line that all parents need to walk. You do not want to find yourself slipping into the chasm of bribery, but you do want your child to know when you are proud of them and that there are […]

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15 Steps to Good Manners

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15 Steps to Good Manners for Children Manners are an important skill set for your child to learn for many different reasons. Primary among them is their own developing self-respect and their respect for others. These are some of the first skills that require your child to step outside themselves and empathize with other people. […]

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Table Manners for Kids

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Teaching Table Manners to Kids Table manners form a large and visible part of your child’s etiquette repertoire. They are on display for the family every night at dinner and as your child gets older they will be eating in more and more public situations.  A lack of proper table manners when the family is […]

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Age Appropriate Manners and Lessons

Age Appropriate Manners and Lessons

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Teaching Age Appropriate Manners and Lessons Appropriate Manners for Ages 2-5 Between the ages of two and five your child will be at their most receptive to lessons about manners. This is just one reason that it is so important for you to begin working with them as early as possible. For two year olds […]

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How to Be a Better Parent

How to Be a Better Parent

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7 Ways to be a Better Parent As parents, we are always looking for ways to how to be better at the most important job of our lives. We want the best for our children and we want to be the ones to give it to them. Just striving to be better parents is enough in some […]

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Stop Name Calling in its Tracks

Stop Name Calling Now

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Stopping Name-Calling in its Tracks Name calling is a serious offense whether your child is a toddler or a teenager. It is important that as a parent, you step in to name calling situations and teach your children that this is not acceptable behavior. Instead it is a behavior that strikes and the most vulnerable […]

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Polite Greetings for Kids

Guide to Polite Greetings for Kids

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A Child’s Guide to Polite Greetings Manners are what lets us interact with other people in social situations. If we want to have good relationships with others, then we need to know how to talk to them and how to treat them in order to make a good impression. One of the first things you […]

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What to Do With Bored Kids

What to Do With Bored Kids

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Have Bored Children and Live to Tell the Tale Times of extreme boredom can be challenging for you and your children to navigate successfully.  When there are no planned activities available and the complaining starts, it can be difficult not to simply step right up with a list of activities and games that will occupy […]

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Give More Attention

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Give Your Child the Gift of Attention The single most important thing that a child needs from their parent is demonstrable proof of their love. For most children, this comes in the form of their parent’s attention. If you don’t give it to them, they’ll do anything that they can to get it. Naughty or […]

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