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"Counting Out": An Easy Technique to Reduce Bad Behavior

"Counting Out": An Easy Technique to Reduce Bad Behavior

Sharon: Parents love to count. "I'm telling you, you have to the count of three to get up those steps and into your room." Or, "I'll give you until the count of ten to pick that up and put it back where it belongs." Then there's the countdown to explosion. "You have until the count of five to stop that. And I mean stop it completely. That's one. This is not a game. You're really trying my patience. That's two. Did you hear me? I'm not going to put up with this. That's three. I'm telling you, don't do that again.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

How to Deal with Intense or Inappropriate Parents at Kids' Sports Events

parents on sideline at kids soccer game

It’s spring, and that means that if you’re a parent, your weekends may be spent on the soccer, baseball, or lacrosse fields. With all of the time that we spend taxiing our children to sports practices and games, keeping track of their sports schedules, and buying needed sports equipment, it’s no wonder we become as invested as our kids in these games.

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Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

Jumping, mouthing, biting, chewing, pulling

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems.

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Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking

Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking

Dads often think that a baby doesn't need a pacifier, but using a pacifier or sucking on her thumb or fingers isn't necessarily a bad habit for a baby. Many younger infants actually enjoy the security they get from this type of non-nutritive sucking, and it can be something that is healthy and normal and encouraged. It also can provide a calming or soothing effect for many infants.

Preventing Heart and Blood Vessel Problems

Preventing Heart and Blood Vessel Problems

Cardiovascular disease is the term used to describe problems involving the heart (cardio) or blood vessels (vascular). The most devastating complications of cardiovascular disease are stroke and heart attack; these can often be fatal. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death overall in the United States; the statistics that one in five Americans has cardiovascular disease includes women.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

Teaching Kindness At Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

5 ways to teach kindness at home during coronavirus

The power of kindness is more important than ever right now. As we face a global pandemic and a time of fear and anxiety, our lives literally depend on the kindness and heroic efforts of strangers. This is a time to remember the power of kindness, and as we quarantine at home with our families, we can use this unique moment of our lives to prioritize teaching kindness to our children.

Common Family Conflicts

Common Family Conflicts

It's much better to decide what you cannot tolerate from family members and take the time and effort to tell them about it ahead of time, than to blow up when it happens. First, try to figure out what is bothering you. This is not always easy. Common conflicts with family members include:

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Airplane Travel with the Kids

Airplane Travel with the Kids

Fear of flying? Many parents rapidly develop this syndrome when they consider the challenges of flying with their kids. In reality, flying with kids is easier than driving with them (and driving is something you do every day). As with any other form of travel, the secret is preparation. As you begin your preparation, here are a few special tips for keeping your children well behaved high in the sky:

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Correcting Misbehavior with Time-Out

Effective when used properly

Correcting Misbehavior with Time-Out

Judy was 22 but looked much older. She had four children, the oldest six years old. She was five months pregnant and had no time for herself. There was fatigue in her voice. Her four-year-old son, Randy, was driving her crazy. She was not able to manage his tantrums and demands. With tears of desperation, she told how she spent most of her time: "All I do is yell. He never does anything I ask. He just runs around the house making a mess.

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Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Now that he can better communicate his eating preferences, your child may hassle you more than ever about eating. Children who regularly refuse food at mealtimes or demand diversions such as television and toys in order to eat are prone to what I have come to call food fits: They use food to gain attention and to manipulate their parents and caregivers. When adults chronically cave in to crying, screaming children, they perpetuate this behavior. Children crave attention of any type.

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Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Your puppy wants to please you. If he learns that learning is fun, he'll learn quickly and you'll enjoy each other more. Your goal in the beginning should be to forge a bond of trust, mutual respect, and understanding with your puppy. That bond will see you both through your dog's adolescence (something like the “terrible twos” that children go through) and beyond.

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Your Toddler's Development

Musings and insights

Your Toddler's Development

I remember when my nephew was about fifteen months old. His mom and dad took him to the beach, where they sat on a bench eating an ice cream cone and watching a crane building a bridge. When he was three, they returned to the same spot and the bridge was completed. Out of the blue, my nephew asked his dad, "Where did the crane go?"

Even if your baby can't talk to you and tell you exactly what he's thinking, everything you're doing is registering and sinking in.

by: Rebecca Desfosse

Time-Out Discipline Strategies That Work

Mom scolding young boy

Are your current discipline strategies falling short? Have you tried time-out and it hasn't gone the way you expected? Time-out can be an effective discipline technique when it's performed correctly. Time-out involves placing your child in a boring spot for a short time whenever she doesn't follow the rules. Tim-eout gives a child a break from your attention and some time to think about her choices and the consequences for her actions. Here's how to do it right:

Set the Stage

Great Books for Girls

Great Books for Girls

Once upon a Heroine: 450 Books for Girls to Love, by Alison Cooper-Mullin
In this indispensable guide to 400 books that nurture every girl's spirit of independence, competence, and self-esteem, the authors suggest special books that provide role models for girls and allow them to imagine themselves as heroines of their own lives.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

I Give My Kids an iPad or Phone at Restaurants and I Am Not Ashamed

toddler using iphone at restaurant

Whenever I get ready to take my son out to dinner, there are two things I make sure of. One is that he has a small toy or two to carry, and the other is that my phone is charged. Because I know that at some point during the meal, I’m going to hand him the phone to keep him occupied. And you know what? I’m not even a little bit ashamed. 

by: Katy Abel

Sharing Joint Custody

Sharing Joint Custody

Flashback to 1970:

Couple calls it quits. Mom gets the kids. Dad pays child support.

Fast forward to today:

Mom and Dad divorce. Mom and Dad split custody 50-50. Kids gets two homes.

Unlike Kramer vs. Kramer, the landmark 1979 film about divorce starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, many parents now refuse to see custody as an either/or proposition.

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Stepparenting: Determining Who's the Boss

Stepparenting: Determining Who's the Boss

As with most things, even the experts can't agree on who's in charge when it comes to discipline. One school says the biological parent should be the one in authority. Another claims that the stepparent needs to become part of the team immediately and be supported by the biological parent. Probably something in between is preferable.

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