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Set Reasonable Expectations and Goals for Your Child

Set Reasonable Expectations and Goals for Your Child

No matter your general mood, having positive, realistic expectations for your child's achievements and behavior is something to strive for. When parents' expectations for their kids are set at the right level-not too high and not too low-kids do very well in life indeed. Here then, are some specific tools for setting reasonable expectations that even the gloomiest donkey can follow.

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Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports

Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports

20 million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sports reports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports by age 13. They never play them again.

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Money Can Be an Emotional Issue

Money Can Be an Emotional Issue

Mary and Joe always fought about money. Mary tried to save every penny that she could. She would spend many hours clipping coupons for the grocery store each week, and she would never order dessert or beverages at a restaurant. Mary grew up in a household where there was never enough money, and now she wanted as much money in the bank as possible. Joe, on the other hand, loved to eat lunch out several times a week, including dessert and coffee.

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Tips for De-Stressing the Holidays

Tips for De-Stressing the Holidays

  1. Keep cherished childhood traditions and consider establishing new ones for your family. Involve everyone, including your children, when creating new traditions. Sometimes traditions lose their importance for a family. Recognize when it's time to let them go.
  2. Plan, organize, and prioritize to avoid burnout, disappointment and fatigue. Create a holiday-planning task schedule. Ask others to share the responsibilities and assign tasks to family members.
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Seven Key Parenting Pitfalls: Traps to Avoid

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Seven Key Parenting Pitfalls: Traps to Avoid

  1. Having unrealistic expectations
  2. Relying on punishment alone
  3. Sermonizing and dramatizing
  4. Punishing without warning
  5. Extending punishment too long
  6. Failing to give clear directions
  7. Establishing too many rules
Pitfall 1: Having Unrealistic Expectations
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Kids, Allowance, and Chores

No strings attached?

Kids, Allowance, and Chores

Financial Building Blocks

According to the same survey by Zillions, about three-quarters of all allowance recipients (of all ages) were supposed to perform chores to get their allowances.

Some parents give allowances with no requirements on the child's part. Others make performing chores a condition of receipt.

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Irrational Thoughts About Marriage

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Irrational Thoughts About Marriage

What is your idea of the perfect marriage? Do you envision a young couple walking along the beach at sunset holding hands? Do you picture your two favorite movie stars relaxing on a yacht in the Mediterranean? Do you picture a mom and a dad standing by the barbecue laughing together with a bunch of kids running around? Or do you imagine an older couple whose eyes still sparkle when they look at each other?

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by: Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities

Tips for Developing Healthy Self-Esteem in Your Child

Tips for Developing Healthy Self-Esteem in Your Child

Most parents are aware that their child's feelings of self-worth are linked to social and academic success, but they sometimes don't realize how easy it is to damage their child's self-esteem. Research shows that children with learning disabilities are especially likely to suffer from a lack of self-esteem, but all children benefit when their parents take steps to help them develop positive feelings of self-worth. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities and Dr.

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by: Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.

Building Bridges Between Home and School

Building Bridges Between Home and School

You can enjoy a healthy, respectful, and supportive relationship with your child's school. These steps will help you strengthen your communication skills and make this school year a positive experience for you, your child, and your child's teacher.

1. Two-Way Communication

2. Building a Foundation

3. Realistic Expectations

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Updated: November 18, 2019

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Holiday Stress-Busters: Advice for Parents

Prioritize and delegate

Holiday Stress-Busters: Advice for Parents

The holidays are right around the corner; are you having fun yet? If you are, Ann Vernon would be surprised. As a counseling professor at the University of Northern Iowa with her own private practice, Vernon hears from a lot of exhausted parents this time of year.
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How Much Allowance to Give Your Child

How Much Allowance to Give Your Child

Piggybank on It

Whatever your decision, your child's sex shouldn't have anything to do with the dollar amount of the allowance. Boys and girls should be paid the same (and statistics show that they generally are).

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Creativity Belongs to Children

Creativity Belongs to Children

When very young children start playing, with toys or with crayons, they listen to and trust themselves. They eagerly follow their instincts and their urge to explore the immense world in which they have just arrived. They seem to flow with the inner current of their creativity, and with amazing freedom. Adults love to watch the ease and enjoyment children have in inventing, and we marvel at the direct contact they have with creation.

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Updated: April 22, 2022

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All About Science Fairs

What's so great about science fairs?

All About Science Fairs

It's a curious thing: even though American scientists are valued and respected in American society, fewer and fewer American students are pursuing the sciences beyond minimum graduation requirements. What can we do to reverse this trend? How can science transcend the classroom and transport kids to new dimensions of discovery and invention? For starters, consider the science fair.
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Overcoming Back-to-Work Anxieties for New Moms

Common Worries of Working Mothers

Worries of working mothers

Overcoming Back-to-Work Anxieties for New Moms

Problem solving has always come naturally to you as a working woman. It should be no different with the common worries of most working mothers. There are solutions! Just understand what to expect, find support for your concerns at home and at work, and you'll learn to overcome your anxieties.

Answers to the Most Common Worries of Working Mothers
Here are the five concerns most often expressed by working mothers and some tips to help alleviate them:

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Alimony: Getting the Best Deal

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Alimony: Getting the Best Deal

You Can Do It!

When negotiating, start by asking for more than you either need or expect to get. Then, during negotiations, be willing to give up what you don't mind losing.

You Can Do It!

If possible, arrange spousal support through mediation or settlement, not litigation. This will provide both parties with the most flexibility in getting what they deem most important from the arrangement.

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Backing Up Financial Data on Your Computer

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Backing Up Financial Data on Your Computer

Exercise. Flossing. Cleaning the gutters. Backing up computer files. All things we know we should do, but often don't.

I can't help you with the first three. (Actually, I could motivate you with gum-disease horror stories courtesy of my friend the dental hygienist, but I won't.) However, backing up computer files becomes especially important when you're tracking your entire financial life electronically, so let's give it a shot.

Why don't we do it?

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Common Myths and Realities About Early Breastfeeding

Sorting out the facts

Common Myths and Realities About Early Breastfeeding

MYTH: He can't be hungry again. He just finished feeding a while ago.

FACT: Breastfed babies, especially newborns just learning to nurse, may appear to have fed well, without actually having taken much milk. It can be hard to tell whether a nursing infant consumed an adequate amount of milk, since the breasts don't have calibrations on them. If your baby acts hungry a short while after feeding, it's best to assume that he genuinely is hungry.