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End Toxic Parenting

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 Bob Lancer (September 05, 2008)  "I know we've come along way We're changin’ day to day but where do the children play?" Cat Stevens Where do your children play, and why? Do they get to play in the clean fresh air, on the natural earth? If not, why not? We know that the surroundings in which we place the child shape's the child's developing personality. Do you place your child's development in the mold of .. (Parenting)

First Day of School Ideas For Parents - How to Survive the First Day of School

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 Juliette Stewart (September 05, 2008)  This week, thousands of children will put on new school uniforms and start their first day of school years in reception. While the children may cope well, the new term can be a worrying time for both parents and teachers. Here we offer some first day of school ideas for parents to hopefully help you survive the first day of school. First Day Of School Ideas For Parents The first day of . (Parenting)

When Your Child Needs You, Stand Up and Be Counted

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 Hermilando Aberia (September 04, 2008)  Many of us know that children whose parents are actively involved in their school and other activities tend to more well-adjusted, happy and healthy than those whose parents are not. They also tend to excel in school, in play and other extracurricular activities. Parents who get themselves involved motivate their children to do well in school. Such involvement enhances the child's .. (Parenting)

Connecting Just Enough With Your Child

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 Hermilando Aberia (September 04, 2008)  Getting involved with what your child does, but not overdoing it, enhances your child's total development. Studies show that children whose parents are involved in their work generally excel in what they do in school, in their hobbies, and other extracurricular activities. These children tend to have more self-confidence or higher levels of self-esteem. Be wary, however, of overdoing .. (Parenting)

Measure Your Child's Home Chore Accomplishments With a Chart

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 Hermilando Aberia (September 04, 2008)  Who does not feel frustrated when your child cannot seem to finish his chores even after repeatedly asking him to do so? We all are. And so it is time to design a chore chart. Here is how it works. List the chores you want your child accomplished. The chores may include getting the dishes done, taking out trash, cleaning the room, putting laundry in proper places, gardening or yard .. (Parenting)

Potty Training Made Easy For You and Your Child

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 Hermilando Aberia (September 04, 2008)  From gut feel and observation you can tell that the time has come for your child to potty train. You welcome this development with much relief. Problem is, you may not know where to start. Usher your toddler in by explaining to him that all is normal to go potty. Assure him that everybody, including birds and animals, does it. Discuss to him the nature of the toilet, familiarize him to . (Parenting)

Questions to Ask Preschools

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 Veronica Scott (September 04, 2008)  Getting your small child ready for preschool is a wonderfully exciting time. Playing and growing alongside other children is necessary for healthy development and social skills. But it is only natural that every parent wants only the best for their children. Picking the right preschool is not as simple as flipping through the phone book. There are a few things you may want to keep in .. (Parenting)

How to Teach Kids About Money

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 Veronica Scott (September 04, 2008)  As any parent knows, it can be incredibly frustrating to deal with children when it comes to money. They have little understanding of the true value and cost of things. When it comes to wants, needs and must haves, this can get overwhelming. There is no set time that is best for teaching your children about money. As soon as you feel they are capable of understanding certain aspects you . (Parenting)

How Much a Babysitter Should Be Paid

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 Beth Howland (September 04, 2008)  Are you wondering how much to your babysitter should be paid to watch your children? You're hardly alone. As parents struggle find great childcare, it is hard to know what is a good amount to pay for him or her. There are a number of factors which will go into this decision. These include your location, how experienced the sitter (or prospective sitter) is and how many children they .. (Parenting)

How to Create a Plan For Raising Children

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 Gary Pearson (September 04, 2008)  There is a toddler in the grocery store line wearing shiny red fire boots with his pajamas. He is hanging from the shopping cart with abandon, his hair hanging down toward the floor, his nose sticky and laughing hysterically. In the cart there are several boxes of cereal, milk, fruit and hot dogs. There are also Pop-Tarts, fruit roll ups, marshmallows and Goldfish. Pushing the cart is a . (Parenting)

Getting Dressed All by Myself, All in Due Time!

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 Kathy Slattengren (September 04, 2008)  Young children take pride in doing things for themselves like getting dressed. However, sometimes their sense of urgency in completing a task doesn't always match their parents’ sense of urgency. Parents quickly learn that encouraging their children to “hurry up" doesn't work well. One mom complained that she would often find her four-year-old son playing with toys or .. (Parenting)

Balancing Childcare and Housework With Your Spouse - Help For Working Moms

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 Jamie Jefferson (September 04, 2008)  I'm sure I don't have to tell you that being a working mom is a challenge on many levels. In addition to meeting the demands of your career, you also need to balance your obligations to your family and your home. One important key to being a successful working mom is to work closely with your spouse. If both parents approach childcare and housework as a team, you will both be able to .. (Parenting)

The Importance of Diction When Reading to Children

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 Christopher Kennedy (September 04, 2008)  Over time the English language has changed so much that anyone picking up a book written by Chaucer would have plenty of trouble understanding what he was talking about. Even in our own lifetimes, the usage of words has changed and will continue to evolve. Some of it doesn't appear to make any sense, although a lot of the current changes seem to be either the result of a lack of .. (Parenting)

Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies

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 Heather Richards (September 04, 2008)  Getting Kids to eat good food and veggies - Hide Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and/or carrot in Spaghetti Bolognaise. Boil the veggies, then puree them and mixed them in with the sauce. - Puree the Veggies in a Quiche - Make meal time fun. Create pictures with the food, make a face and draw a mouth and eyes - Get a Cookie Cutter and make shapes out of mashed vegetables. - Substitute Chicken .. (Parenting)

Make Reading Fun During The Holidays!

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 Susan D Monson (September 04, 2008)  Include reading in all of your holiday activities. This places emphasis on reading and confirms to your child that you highly value reading. The unspoken (but highly important) emphasis is on family relationships since you are working TOGETHER! Let's look at one of the holidays coming up: Halloween: 1. Take your child to the bookstore or library and help her pick out a Halloween picture . (Parenting)

The Most Popular Baby Names

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 Beverly Sugarman (September 03, 2008)  Picking a name for your new baby can be one of the hardest decisions that you have to make. While many people stick with family names, others prefer less traditional ones. The most popular boys’ names according to the birth statistics for 2007 include ones that originally come from Hebrew, English, Irish, Welsh, and American. The top names that are Hebrew are Ethan (which means .. (Parenting)

Do You Know Your Child's Friend's Parents?

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 Neil Douglas (August 20, 2008)  Depending on where you live, and how long you have lived there, you may already know a lot of the people that have children your age. These children could easily become friends with your own, and it is comforting if you already know the parents of that child. If you don't, however, you do want to be careful. Putting your child in a home for a sleepover or even for the afternoon can be .. (Parenting)

Do You Know Who Your Child is Calling?

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 Mary Rosenburg (August 20, 2008)  Now that the Internet is everywhere, and many people have cell phones, keeping things private is easier than ever - and at times, harder than ever. These things have made it easier for married people to have affairs, for people to run business deals that may not be on the up and up, and sadly, easier for predators to get to our children. It also makes harassment easier and harder to .. (Parenting)

Raising Children in the Digital Age

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 Travis Craig (August 20, 2008)  Your home computer and your cellular phone make both personal and business connections and communications so much easier than they were in the past. What you are going to find, however, is they both make it easier for people to keep secrets as well. Many cheating spouses have been caught through both things, and many children have carried on conversations about things they should not be . (Parenting)

How Parents Can Keep Their Kids Safe on the Internet

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 Dan Ivancic (August 19, 2008)  Many government organizations are doing their part to help protect children online, but are parents doing their part? The most effective way to keep kids safe online is by keeping parents educated and involved in their kids Internet life. There are so many parents that don't understand the fast evolving web technology like social networking, blogging, IM, and file sharing and how they .. (Parenting)

Strive to Be a Perfect Parent

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 Brittany Shea (August 19, 2008)  The definition of parenting is the methods, techniques, etc. , used or required in the rearing of children. I can definitely tell you about a thousand different definitions on parenting. No one sentence could possibly captivate the perfect meaning or importance of what being a parent is all about. Unconditional love is the most important thing a parent has for a child. Unconditional .. (Parenting)

The Flower

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 Jody Campbell (August 19, 2008)  I don't try to over-think things. Maybe that's my problem. I don't know what my problem is actually. Here is a true-to-life scenario, my reaction to it, and the inevitable outcome. The common denominator is that I'm a shmuck, but at least I admit it. "Daddy! Look! Flowers! Can I pick one for momma?" She was so excited about the silly flowers. They were the same stupid tiger lilies .. (Parenting)

Traditional Wooden Toys For Education and Child Development

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 Tony S Gee (August 19, 2008)  Children are learning even before they are born. Every event or experience they have is educational which is why it is important for them to have access to play facilities and toys that will make a positive contribution to their ongoing learning. Play activities contribute towards a child's educational development in many ways including: Psycho-motor skills development: hand to eye .. (Parenting)

Wooden Blocks - What's the Big Deal?

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 Anthony Vecchioni (August 19, 2008)  Take advantage of one of the simplest and most rewarding activities you'll find: give your child the unique learning experience that only wooden blocks can offer. One of the extraordinary benefits of playing with blocks is that so very little is required to hold your child's attention for so long. Far different than many of today's passive activities, playing with blocks is an active .. (Parenting)

Picking Up the Pieces For Children of Divorce

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 Jonathan Suter (August 19, 2008)  [9:00 AM] The step-mother shrugs as she is backing out of my office, apparently resigning her duties for the hour to me, the child's counselor. Briefly observing the girl for a moment to gauge her status; I notice that the eleven-year old, slumped down in her seat, will not return my look. I can't recognize if she has any more bandages over her wrists, hands or neck since last week. .. (Parenting)

Internet Safety For Children

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 John Edelson (August 19, 2008)  "As parents, we understand the risks that come with our children's growing independence and we know how to protect and advise them. I remember when my young daughter wanted to ride her bike around the block on her own. I was anxious but I let her go. I understood the risks and where the boundaries should be set. " This is how Mr. Doug Fodeman starts his talks. Mr Fodeman is a recognized . (Parenting)

Single Parent Women Do it Right

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 Jane Bell (August 19, 2008)  Single parenthood is on the rise. According to the U. S Census Bureau, there are 13.6 million single parents in the United States. Of these, the overwhelming majority are mothers. While most single parenting situations are the result of divorce, a growing number are not. Many single moms have never been married. But no matter what the situation, being a single parent can be tough. .. (Parenting)

Tell 'Em You Love 'Em

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 Fred Nicklaus (August 19, 2008)  In my office, there are two pictures that are always looking at me when I do my writing and work. One is a picture of my son and the other of my daughter. Both are pictures of them as babies. Both have a huge grin on their faces and a mischievous twinkle in their eyes. I'm truly blessed. They are great kids and I love them more than they can know. One day I met with a friend who told .. (Parenting)

Make Our Children Smarter With a Rubik's Cube

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 Yeo Teck Wei (August 18, 2008)  All parents want their children to succeed in life; That's why we educate them. Parents know that children should be given maximum exposure to education while they are still young to unleash their hidden potential. At the very least, there is still one untried method, and it costs only a few dollars. Absolutely reasonable, and worth the time spent by your children. The wonder solution? . (Parenting)

Webkinz Tips - Help For Parents With Webkinz Questions

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 Donald Martin (August 18, 2008)  Staying on top of your kid's interests can be a very difficult task for parents. Especially when you have multiple kids who like different things. As a parent you want to be able to give answers to you kids when they come to you for help. Well Webkinz and Webkinz World are no different. As a parent of a kid who is into Webkinz, having Webkinz Tips and information at your finger tips .. (Parenting)

Help! My Child Dreads Spelling Tests

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  My son once faked a nose bleed to avoid learning his spellings for a test. He has dyslexia, which makes spelling tests particularly stressful. But it is not only dyslexic children who dread spelling tests. Here are four simple steps you can take to help your child survive them: 1. Encourage your child to talk about why he dreads spelling tests so much. Some good questions to ask are: . (Parenting)

Why Your Child Needs Poems, Rhymes and Songs

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  I'll bet you can still remember nursery rhymes and songs you learned as a child. And I'll bet you've passed them on to your own children and/or grandchildren too. These rhymes and songs play a major role in our upbringing, as do fairy tales, myths and legends. Rhythm and rhyme. Early rhymes and songs help children see that language has patterns. Even very young children can identify .. (Parenting)

Math Help For Your Child

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 Steve Kettle (August 18, 2008)  If you need a little extra math help for your child this school year I have a suggestion that worked wonders around our house. My wife designed a series of math games and riddles that presented our children opportunity to learn while they thought they were playing! Here is how it works. For the younger children in your family it will be simple to just make up some easy math situations .. (Parenting)

Reading Without Books - 10 Reading Activities You Can Do With Your Child

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  To most parents, reading with your child means reading a storybook together. Yet there are many other opportunities to share reading. Here are 10 short reading activities you can find time for: 1. Shop names: How many shop names can your child can read or recognize? Don't worry if your child uses clues such as colour, logos or items in the shop window. You should encourage this. 2. .. (Parenting)

Parents and Carers - Why Learning to Read is One of the Most Important Skills Your Child Will Learn

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  Reading helps your child learn about and understand the world in which he lives. Through reading he learns new words and phrases he can use in order to express himself. For example, reading helps a child learn about the passing of time and how to express it. Examples of phrases he will learn are; “Once upon a time", “The next day" or “On Monday". Reading develops the .. (Parenting)

Tell Me a Story, Please - How to Have Young Children Begging You to Read With Them

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  Do you envy those people who are natural storytellers? Perhaps you want to make reading stories more fun, but lack the confidence or know-how? Below are 10 simple things you can do to help make reading stories more fun. 1. Read the book several times to yourself before you read it with the child so that the content, the layout and the pictures are all familiar to you. 2. Talk about .. (Parenting)

10 Tips For Choosing Storybooks Children Will Love

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 Dorothy Massey (August 18, 2008)  There are so many storybooks available it is difficult to know which to choose. You will no doubt remember stories you enjoyed reading or having read to you as a child. But today's children have different needs and tastes. Here are ten tips to help you choose storybooks: 1. Favourite authors: If your child loves a book by a particular author or authors, look for other books by the same . (Parenting)

The One Minute Rocket Ship Your Child Will Absolutely Love

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 Anthony Vecchioni (August 18, 2008)  If you have ever given a speech, then you know firsthand that your energy level is at a peak once you get going. Here is a first rate activity that builds on that same kind of momentum. It also does a wonderful job demonstrating the power of imagination. Here's what to do: Place one or more brooms between the mattresses of your bed so that the bare stick end is shooting out. Those are .. (Parenting)

Morning Routines Made Easy

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 Jill Frank (August 18, 2008)  The new school year is quickly approaching which means those lazy summer days are coming to an end. It's back to schedules, routines, and homework. Unfortunately, the start of the school year triggers a whole new set of frustrations for parents. Three of the biggest are: Rushed mornings - kids can't find homework, shoes, etc. Dinner - what to prepare and how to fit healthy meals into .. (Parenting)

Words of Wisdom For New Parents

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 Gary Pearson (August 18, 2008)  Before your first baby is born, parenthood seems like a daunting experience. It is often hard to see yourself as a parent and you will be wondering how you will cope. There are many people who will have words of wisdom for new parents, so much so that you will have trouble remembering all that has been said. This is perhaps a good thing. I do not say this as I believe that you should .. (Parenting)

Dangers of Fluoride - Fluoride Should Not Be Given to Babies Or Children

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 Hope Pope (August 18, 2008)  We took our child to the dentist the other day and the dentist was pushing fluoride on us. She had me so scared because our kid had 4 cavities . . . that I was stupid enough to pay the dentist $20 for a small bottle of fluoride. The Dental Hygienist told me to take the fluoride and put it on the floss. . . and then floss in-between my child's teeth. . . as well as put fluoride on her .. (Parenting)

Tips on How to Find a Baby Sitter

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 Jane Worthington (August 18, 2008)  You love spending time with your kids more than anything in the world, but you do deserve a break once in awhile. Going out for a romantic dinner or spending time with friends is something you should not refrain from doing from time to time. It is not difficult to find a baby sitter who you can trust to care for your children while you are taking a few hours off. You just need to make .. (Parenting)

Help With the First Day at Childcare, Pre School Or Kindergarten

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 Leanne Fowler (August 17, 2008)  So you have been through the process of Choosing a Preschool or Choosing a Daycare, however for a child entering childcare for the first time the transition can be tough. For a parent, it is equally difficult, if not more so. You are entrusting your child's safety and well-being to someone whom you may have just met, and it's perfectly normal to be nervous, scared, and sad. It's also .. (Parenting)

Internet Monitoring For the Concerned Parent - Monitor Your Child on the Computer

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 Terry Tutt (August 17, 2008)  Being a parent can be hard these days, when you must work till late in the evening and don't get any time to spend with your kids. The internet is a good learning medium for your children, but how safe is it, really? There have been innumerable cases where children have landed in trouble with pedophiles, child pornographers and similar antisocial people. These people do exist and .. (Parenting)

Three Tidbits I Wish I'd Known Before Having a Baby

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 Kimberlie Waddoups (August 17, 2008)  I hope this title is not misleading, as I in no way want this article to appear as if I regret having my beautiful baby boy. I just quickly found out that there were a few surprises to parenthood. I hope you can learn something from my experiences and be a little better prepared when your new little one comes. Tidbit 1: Babies go through a lot of diapers at first. You might have heard .. (Parenting)

Mom and Dad, You Are Called to Teach Your Kids Scripture

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 Beverly Dixon (August 17, 2008)  As a parent God has commissioned us to teach our children His word. God has made a promise to us if we keep this commandment, in Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. As a mother of three young children, I want to teach my children to know God in a personal way. I want them to know that God has a better plan for them than they . (Parenting)

When Your Child's Pet Dies

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 Terri Forehand (August 17, 2008)  The family pet is just that, part of the family. Helping your child to deal with the loss of the family pet can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to start the healing process. 1. Allow your child time to be sad. It is important that your child can express his or her sadness, especially if you are not feeling the same sense of loss. 2. Help your child to talk about what she or he is .. (Parenting)

Parent-Child Relationship - A Child is a Wonderful Gift From God

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 Mark Bowser (August 17, 2008)  A child is a precious gift from God. My wife and I adore our children (even when they are cranky). But I am the first to admit that being a parent is challenging. Very challenging. But it is the most important job that I have. Here are some suggestions that I have found helpful as I strive to be the best dad I can be. 1. LOVE YOUR SPOUSE: The greatest gift and example a parent can give . (Parenting)

Getting the Girl Kids to School

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 Duncan Kelly (August 17, 2008)  It's a simple thing, getting the kids to school. You wake them up, they dress themselves, make their bed, you feed them and you transport them to their institute of learning. 1. OK. Wake them up. This is similar to climbing mount everest. Specially the cold reception you get from your little diddums, who intensely resents having her dream about some hottie interrupted half way through, . (Parenting)

Parenting - Get Outside More

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 Anthony Vecchioni (August 17, 2008)  One of the easiest ways to fall into boredom and fatigue is to stay indoors too much. You will have an easier time providing quality indoor play if you balance indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor/ outdoor balance reduces monotony and increases your energy level simply from the cardiovascular requirements of getting around outdoors. Outdoor play also offers essential physical activity .. (Parenting)




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