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Taking Delight in One's Kids

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 Steve Wickham (September 11, 2008)  Max Lucado tells a story in his book Just Like Jesus how he took great delight in playing with his daughters when they were young. He would “come home, shout their names, and watch them run" to him “with extended arms and squealing voices. " He continues, “For the next few moments we would speak the language of love. We'd roll on the floor, gobble bellies, and tickle .. (Parenting)

How Much Should I Pay the Babysitter?

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 Jane Worthington (September 11, 2008)  Figuring out what fair babysitter rates are can seem confusing, but there are many ways to determine an appropriate hourly wage. If you are a sitter and need to determine how much to charge your families or you are a parent who needs to know what a fair rate is, it's easy if you follow these simple guidelines. Some sitters charge as little as $3 per hour while others can charge as much .. (Parenting)

Different Types of Babysitter Jobs

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 Jane Worthington (September 11, 2008)  When most people hear the word babysitting, they think back to the people their parents hired to watch them when they were growing up. There was always the sitter who insisted on playing only the educational games and made you eat those peas at dinner, and then there was the baby sitter that ignored you completely in order to watch her nightly television shows. Finding a good person to .. (Parenting)

Parents in Love - 3 Ways Parents Create a Family Team

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 Jean Tracy (September 11, 2008)  Is your marriage at odds with your parenting? Do you tell your children one thing while your spouse disagrees? Inside you'll find 3 ways to create a family team. "They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village. " - Diane Sollee For a family team to succeed communication, .. (Parenting)

Develop Receptive Listening As a Parent and Develop a Life Skill

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 Jayne A. Major (September 10, 2008)  What is receptive listening? It's the skill of truly listening - figuring out how the other person feels about a situation, and understanding why they feel the way they do. Adding concern shows compassion. And doing this time after time makes you a good receptive listener. It really isn't hard to be a receptive listener, and can make a huge difference between a successful and a failed .. (Parenting)

Could Your Children Be Better Behaved?

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 Jayne A. Major (September 10, 2008)  A great way to start is by using the technique of Catch Them Being Good. It's a feel-good method of guiding your child's behavior and pointing them towards the behavior you want - responsibility, practical thinking, compassion, confidence. Catching them being good not only creates better behaved children, but gives them better parents. It creates a positive relationship between the .. (Parenting)

Career Choice - Wife and Mother?

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 Shirley Heelas (September 10, 2008)  In career guidance sessions at school, my daughter was presented with a variety of career choices. Airline hostess, beautician, librarian, chemist, veterinary nurse, to name but a few. All very worthwhile, satisfying, demanding jobs, endowing the people who do these jobs in society with a certain degree of status and financial reward. But nowhere in the vast amount of literature .. (Parenting)

Parenthood - Does It Make Sense Today?

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 Jacob Waiswa (September 10, 2008)  Parenting is one of the most demanding stages in life -in terms of time, money and energy. Planning is, there fore, critical at this stage. This is so, because many attain the status either very early or too late in life, which could lead to unhealthy implications. Some people, because of their career orientation, could find themselves having to forgo child bearing until they meet their . (Parenting)

Tracking Kids With Technology

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 Kelly Eveleth (September 10, 2008)  A quote you may recall: Advances in computer technology and the Internet have changed the way America works, learns, and communicates.   The Internet has become an integral part of America's economic, political, and social life.   ~Bill Clinton.  The author neglected to include that technology is an integral part of parenting and education.  We as parents need to take advantage of .. (Parenting)

Tips For Raising Happy Kids?

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 Winsome Coutts (September 10, 2008)  As a grandmother and self-help writer, I'm often asked by readers, “How do you raise happy kids?" This is a question near and dear to every loving parent's heart. No matter what we teach them, if we haven't taught them how to be happy, or can't parent in a way that makes them feel happy, it's rather all for naught, isn't it? So it's a very pertinent question. I've been blessed .. (Parenting)

New Mothers - 5 Minute Tips to Cope When Other Moms Compare

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 Salena Kulkarni (September 10, 2008)  You finally feel confident socializing after your baby is born. And you finally find someone you have a lot in common with. However, when you are trying to enjoy lunch or coffee, it seems all she can do is boast about what her baby is doing. Ultimately you will feel frustrated and a little insecure when this happens. It's hard to decide if your baby is not meeting a developmental stage, . (Parenting)

Selecting Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare

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 Terri O'Neale (September 10, 2008)  I was recently honoured to speak on breastfeeding to a group of students studying childcare at my daughter's college. I shared with them the importance that breastfeeding has to the mother-baby. I was encouraged by the number of truly thoughtful questions these young people asked. They will play a crucial role in the future in ensuring that more nurseries adopt a breastfeeding friendly .. (Parenting)

Using the Internet to Find a Babysitter

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 Joi Wengert (September 09, 2008)  I have to admit that the first time I heard about people using the Internet to find a babysitter I was skeptical. My first thought was “What ever happened to just calling up your relatives, friends or little Mary from down the street? How could any responsible parent even think of trusting some stranger on the Internet with their kids?" At the time I had the luxury of built-in .. (Parenting)

How to Save Money on Babysitting

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 Joi Wengert (September 09, 2008)  For many families a large part of their monthly budget is spent on childcare. If you're a parent who is looking for ways to reduce the amount of money you spend on childcare, there are some simple things you can do to cut down on your babysitting costs: 1. Be prepared when the sitter arrives. Of course the first time you have a new babysitter come to the house you shouldn't be rushing .. (Parenting)

How Much Should You Pay For Babysitting?

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 Joi Wengert (September 09, 2008)  I remember being thrilled as a young teenager to be earning $2.00-$3.00 an hour babysitting the local neighborhood children. How times have changed! I was in for quite a surprise when I could no longer depend on Grandma as by built-in babysitter for my three small children and had to “hire" a new babysitter. I had no idea what to expect in terms of what the going rate would be so .. (Parenting)

Choosing the Best Online Babysitter Service For Your Family in 5 Easy Steps

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 Joi Wengert (September 09, 2008)  It's easy to see how over the past several years the Internet has completely revolutionized the way parents go about finding their next babysitter. The popularity of online babysitting matchmaking services has grown tremendously, and with it the number of services available to choose from as well. Online babysitting matchmaking services such as Sittercity are quickly becoming the most .. (Parenting)

I Concede But I Will Win the War

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 Iris Willingham (September 09, 2008)  Okay, I have had it. I am done with the rat race of today's world. I am going to control my own destiny. I refuse to be belittled by Corporate America - who said that they had it right anyway. I am going to step out on my own, believing in myself and genuinely assist others less fortunate. Do I have money, you ask. Of course not, true satisfaction does not live in six figure salaries - . (Parenting)

Parenting and Stress - Four Simple Steps to Move Your Child From Anger to Peace

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 Jill Hope (September 09, 2008)  Did you know that the state of gratitude is its own energy field, one that is a higher vibration than many of us live at on a daily basis? When we are upset or worried about a situation, our energy is at a much slower vibrational level. You can feel the effects of this slower energy because it can often feel like a dark cloud is hanging over you. When you or your child is faced with a .. (Parenting)

After-School Activities - Finding a Balance

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 Christine Lowe Woolard (September 09, 2008)  How much is too much? Many parents feel that it is important for children to participate in after school activities. Certainly, sports, gymnastics, music and language classes do serve to create a well-rounded child, but overscheduling our children can become an issue. We as parents may be hard-pressed to find a balance between home life, school life and after school activities. We want .. (Parenting)

Making High School Work For You

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 Carolyn Croom Baker (September 09, 2008)  According to the College Board, students who pursue the most rigorous plan of study in high school have the greatest chance for success in college. University and college admissions officers also agree that the courses taken in high school are the most valid indicators of future success at the college level. There are very few exceptions to that rule. Most high schools allow students .. (Parenting)

Safety Tips For Solar Window Blinds For Your Children and Pets

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 Daryl Plaza (September 09, 2008)  It is important for each of us to know how to raise awareness of the dangers of solar window blinds. Each year, many children are rushed to local emergency rooms due to injuries sustained when playing with the cords, or pulling on the cords that are part of window blinds. Pets have also been known to suffer from injuries due to these same types of cords. Unfortunately, several children . (Parenting)

Protect Your Kids - Use Online Background Checks

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 Neil Douglas (September 09, 2008)  Being a parent is tough. While different parents have different opinions, one of the hardest parts about being a mom or dad is dealing with all the worry and stress. Parents worry about their children almost constantly, and it's really no wonder. The world can sometimes be a scary place. If you're a parent who can't stop worrying, it might be the case that you'd like nothing more than .. (Parenting)

When is Snooping in Your Kids Email Okay?

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 Audrey Okaneko (September 09, 2008)  There is quite a bit of difference of opinion from parents on whether snooping in their children's email is justifiable or not justifiable. Some parents require that one of the conditions of being allowed an email account is that the child must provide the password to the parents. Other parents use sneaky tactics to obtain their children's passwords. They are checking their children's . (Parenting)

How to Help Your Child Stop Wetting the Bed in One Week Or Less

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 Katie Evans (September 09, 2008)  Using your child's imagination is the key to helping him (we'll use the pronoun “him" to refer to your child. Statistically, most bed wetters are male) stop wetting the bed.  As a therapist, I've used this technique for over 20 years and have always had great success.  The one time remission occurred was directly correlated to the divorce of the parents. Be consistent and .. (Parenting)

Friday Night in a Box

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 Steven Milbrandt (September 09, 2008)  More Time is a paradox. Time is a constant. You cannot make more of it because it just is. Substituting what you do with your time is possible and advised because children grow and priorities change. One significant distinction is to prioritize time spend as a family. How this can be accomplished because of the “busy" schedules of modern life is often the question. The answer is .. (Parenting)

Are You Fueling Your Kids to Succeed

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 Dinneen Diette (September 08, 2008)  With kids heading back to school, parents want their children to get good grades and succeed. One of the best ways to make that happen is to get them to eat right: good nutrition helps them do well, and even excel, in school. Children who eat well and regularly eat breakfast have higher test scores, improved memory, better school attendance, and are less hyperactive. But getting kids .. (Parenting)

How to Find the Right Child Care Setting Or Preschool For Your Child

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 Reina Armold (September 08, 2008)  Your child is going to school for the first time. What an emotional time this is! There is so much on your mind. How he or she will adapt? How he or she will be treated? Will he or she eat or drink enough? All these questions can be summed up in one: How do I find the right preschool or child care for my child? What kind of child care is there available? Home-based care: Listed family .. (Parenting)

Raising Awareness About Single Parents

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 Shelley Grieser (September 08, 2008)  I recall sitting in church 6 or 7 years ago and the pastor telling the congregation to remember the Single Parents. If you know someone going through a divorce (which I was at the time) be sure and take them a casserole when their divorce is final. It sort of became a joke with a friend of mine. When my divorce was final that she would fix me a casserole. She never did bring me a .. (Parenting)

Uninformed Parents and Guardians Put Children Lives at Risk!

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 Arthur Comer (September 08, 2008)  The consequences of being uninformed can often result in the family circle being broken. A child's life lost that otherwise could have been saved will surely bring heartaches, grief and regrets. “Only if I had. . . " is what we hear so many parents say. Unfortunately, when a life is lost we cannot turn back the hands of time and get another opportunity to prepare for the .. (Parenting)

How We Discipline Our Kids

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 Lynn Koh (September 08, 2008)  Are you pondering and contesting how to instill discipline, and if spanking is the more effective way to discipline your child? What is discipline? Before I go on to talk about the ways we instill discipline on our kids. Its better to define Discipline first. My understanding on discipline is about teaching and training the child, helping him to develop self-discipline, self-control .. (Parenting)

The Teacher and the Vase

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 John Mehrmann (September 08, 2008)  We are never too late to thank our teachers, and never too old to learn from children. Wide eyes stared with rapt anticipation as the teacher strolled between the rows of desks. The teacher carried a stack of construction paper in her arms, handing a single sheet of fresh clean paper to each child as she gracefully made her way around the classroom. As the paper landed on the desk in .. (Parenting)

Softball Parent - Can You Do the Same?

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 Stacie Mahoe (September 08, 2008)  One day after a particularly tough softball game that I coached, I realized just how thankful I am that there is more to my life than softball. I was feeling a little down, frustrated, and disappointed when my then 5 month old daughter changed all of that in an instant. This little person, who couldn't say a word, who had no concept of what I just went through, simply looked at me, .. (Parenting)

Raising Children Today

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 Carolyn Knisell (September 08, 2008)  Becoming a parent is one of the most amazing things you will ever experience. However, stress, worry, and fear of the unknown often accompany this experience, sometimes overshadowing the entire thing. These things can make it difficult to actually sit back and enjoy the precious, innocent little baby in your arms. Well, not anymore! After years of research and monitoring, parenting .. (Parenting)

Creative Play - Starlight Theater

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 Anthony Vecchioni (September 08, 2008)  In the long run, a healthy diet of imaginative play will strengthen your child's ability to tackle difficult, non-linear problems both academically and in the real world. Imaginative play turns ordinary things into a bundle of possibilities. A newspaper becomes a telescope, a briefcase, or an elevator (stand on it and push the button panel-I guarantee it'll take you at least to the 15th . (Parenting)

My Child Tends to Hyper-Focus at Times - Can He Still Have ADD?

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 Sadiyya Seedat (September 07, 2008)  When we think of ADD or ADHD we usually think of children with the inability to stay focused on tasks they find boring or repetitive. In fact this short attention span is a key symptom of ADD & ADHD. But parents often get confused and wonder why there seem to be times when they ADD child is able to concentrate so intensely on something that he becomes oblivious of the world around .. (Parenting)

10 Tips to Help Manage Your Home

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 Jessica Gerald (September 07, 2008)  Most of us, at least at times, feel overwhelmed by home management.   Many of us work outside the home, or work at home.   We may have children, or we may be taking care of aging parents.   No matter what, keeping house is still a full-time job.   As the saying goes, “woman's work is never done". Here are some quick, easy suggestions that may make managing your home a little .. (Parenting)

Helping Keep Our Kids Fit During the Fall and Winter Months

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 Melissa Aytche (September 07, 2008)  Well, fall is arriving and the weather is starting to change. My kids love to play outside and do various activities. I believe in keeping my kids active for my sanity and theirs. They have video games and such but are limited to how much I allow them to play with them. Looking around you see the childhood obesity rate rising and I have been a victim of weight issues most of my life. .. (Parenting)

Talking Ethics With Your Children

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 Audrey Okaneko (September 07, 2008)  Children watch their parents. Children often model their own behavior based on what they see their parents do. Very recently a woman faced an ethical dilemma and didn't know what to do. Her daughter is in high school and has a friend. The friend's mom lied about their address so that her daughter could attend the school. The first woman was very torn on what to do because she did not .. (Parenting)

Back-to-School in a Different Economy - How to Prepare Part 2

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 Huldah Jones (September 07, 2008)  Part 2 The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for indicated that the number of unemployed persons increased by 592,000 to 9.4 million in August; most of them were probably families who were preparing to send their children back to school. "Mr. Clampett", you'd be broke, real broke, no money for gas for your truck. " Mr. Drysdale in an episode of Beverly Hillbillies. This of course was .. (Parenting)

Parenting Skills - Why Are Parents Boring?

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 Lesley Munnings (September 07, 2008)  Here I want to discuss the relationship we have between us parents and our own ‘beloved’ children. Now don't get the wrong idea about your parenting skillswhat I want to tickle out here is how our kids perceive us and why. Is there anything we as parents can do to change this perception? Is there anything to actually do; maybe we just need to tell the kids - yes we may .. (Parenting)

School Days - Back-to-School Safety Reminders Can Help Prevent Accidents and Injuries

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 Krista Fabregas (September 07, 2008)  Safety concerns can easily take a backseat amid the rush to stock up on fresh school supplies and fall's hottest elementary-school fashions. But most parents are surprised to know that school-related accidents account for about 2.2 million injuries each year in children under the age of 14. Happily, many of these are easily preventable. Here's a look at where and how school-related .. (Parenting)

Educational Toys That Are For Developing the Imagination

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 Rose Gross (September 07, 2008)  The main point to having educational toys is to develop the imagination and curiosity. Some old-fashioned items still have the capacity to learn something good, something that will help in the future. Parents control the play so that it remains on an educational course, requires greater concentration and solving problems. These problems to solve are ones that need to encourage them to .. (Parenting)

Letting Your Tween Wear Makeup

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 Audrey Okaneko (September 07, 2008)  For most of us with daughters, we'll face the junior high dilemma of whether or not we should allow our almost teenage daughters to wear makeup. This is one of those “pick your battles" issues. There was no moral or ethical reason for me to say no when my daughter approached me at age 11 asking to wear makeup. She had just entered 7th grade and was not yet 12. As I spoke to .. (Parenting)

Should Children Receive an Allowance?

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 Audrey Okaneko (September 07, 2008)  This is a very controversial topic. You'll find experts who believe an allowance offers many benefits to the child and you'll find experts who don't believe an allowance sends the right message. I'm on the side of not giving allowance, at least not for everyday household chores. Each of us has a responsibility to help out by doing dishes, putting away groceries and making sure things .. (Parenting)

Toys - What's Great Grandma Got to Say?

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 Anthony Vecchioni (September 07, 2008)  The truth is, when it comes to toys, you don't need anything more sophisticated than your great grandmother had. The most fundamental learning skills require very little in the way of resources. Imagine taking your child on a nature walk, for instance. At most, you might have a magnifying glass or pair of binoculars handy. Pretty wholesome, right? Now imagine cruising down the nature .. (Parenting)

Beauty? Brains? Compliment Children's Appearance, But Also Their Brains

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 Kathy Koch (September 07, 2008)  Every time we tell children they're beautiful or handsome, we should also tell them something else. Otherwise they could get the idea that the most important thing or only thing that matters about them is their physical beauty and that's not true. We don't want them growing up believing that beauty is everything. Girls especially need to hear their dads, step-dads, uncles, and .. (Parenting)

A Parent's "Fowl" Reaction to a Child's Bad Behavior

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 Eric Hurwitz (September 06, 2008)  The day couldn't have been more perfect - time at the local farm enjoying the pastoral scenes, breathing in the clean air, picking blueberries, watching the farm animals, and buying some of the freshest, local produce on earth at the farm stand. Going to the farm has been a positive ritual for the last few years near our southwestern suburban Boston, Mass. , residence. It's the perfect . (Parenting)

Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas For Children

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 Rach Eden (September 06, 2008)  As a parent, you might have gone through the anxiety of wanting to give your child health packed lunches, but also providing something that they will actually eat. After all, a child that won't eat their packed lunch is probably just as unhealthy as one that eats a packed lunch made up of junk. It's a huge pressure, but there are certain things you can do to help ease the stress of it .. (Parenting)

Chores and Contracts

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 Janet Nusbaum (September 06, 2008)  An important part of implementing a household chore system is creating a formal agreement, commonly called a contract, for every member of the household. A contract defines the parent's expectations and provides direction and parameters for the children. A contract can be a general form explaining household rules or a complex detailing of chore responsibilities for a specific person. .. (Parenting)

Christian Parenting - Parenting With a Biblical Foundation

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 Vicki Arnold (September 06, 2008)  Children learn by example. The heart of Christian parenting is to model Biblical character for your children. While easier said than done at times, it serves well to have a visual reminder of what you want your children to be learning. The Bible is very clear on what behavior is expected of us. It is also clear when telling us how to parent our children. Proverbs 22:6 says to .. (Parenting)




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