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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)

ABC Learning For Kids Through Digital Coloring Pages

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 S. C. Connolly (August 17, 2008)  If kids enjoy learning from an early age, it should be a lot easier for them to learn other things in the future. I know from my own experience, that when I enjoy learning something new it seems a lot easier than when I am forced to learn something new.   The emergence of the internet has simplified many aspects of our lives. One of these aspects is learning. It is much easier and .. (Parenting)

Toys - A Useful Strategy

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 Anthony Vecchioni (August 17, 2008)  The single most important thing about playtime is that it's fun. When your child is having fun, her interest level is at a maximum. You buy certain toys for your child and she doesn't want to play with them. Here are some thoughts on that. First of all, your child isn't going to like every toy. Some are just too difficult, and others are just too trivial. So be aware of age appropriate . (Parenting)

Child Learning - Quality Playtime is Essential

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 Anthony Vecchioni (August 16, 2008)  If you want your child at a level of full participation, then you need to be at a level of full participation. Your child comes completely prepared to absorb the wonderful benefits of play time. You, on the other hand, have complicated responsibilities, numerous friends, financial concerns, etc. Listen: put that aside. Turn off your cell phone; turn off the television; don't answer .. (Parenting)

Child Internet Safety

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 Dakota Blue (August 16, 2008)  LOL, BRB and other acronyms are those that are commonly use in chatrooms, emails and other types of internet communications. Minors have their own way of speaking online when a parent is in the room if they don't want the adults to know their conversations. These acronyms often throw parents off in confusion and they don't bother to learn what their child has been talking about to .. (Parenting)

Practical Parenting - Teaching Your Child What He Needs to Learn Without Losing Your Mind - Part 2

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 D.S. Braun (August 13, 2008)  Don't underestimate communication My youngest son, who is my challenge child, doesn't respond to corporal punishment, nor grounding, nor screaming and yelling. What he DOES respond to is talking. AFTER emotions have calmed down we sit and we talk. And I ask him what he was thinking, what he was feeling and I don't let him get away with “I don't know" or “I don't remember". .. (Parenting)

Teaching Kids to Help in the Kitchen

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 Veronica Scott (August 13, 2008)  If it seems like every evening you try and prepare dinner the kids are always under your feet tripping you, then why not keep them amuse by having them help you prepare dinner? Teaching children to cook is sometimes put on the backburner but is a very important skill to learn. After all someday they will need to be able to take care of themselves. And while it may seem natural to teach .. (Parenting)

Teaching Your Child to Be a "Good" Sport

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 Veronica Scott (August 13, 2008)  Everyone wants to win but that doesn't always happen. This can be a particularly hard concept for children to understand and even some parents. Children can stomp, cry scream and call others names if they become frustrated over a loss. And sometimes parents can be sore losers as well and act like children. And if parents are sore losers than they have children that follow suit. So the .. (Parenting)

Childcare Interviews Provide a Sigh of Relief For Parents

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 Benedict Yossarian (August 13, 2008)  Entrusting a child to a childcare centre is never easy for parents. Visiting the place and hearing various recommendations from fellow parents lessen the anxiety but a personal interview with the educators can help provide a sigh of relief. Getting the basic information of the primary caregiver, the person assigned in the child's class, is important like the name, address and contact .. (Parenting)

How to Deal With a Child With a Learning Disability

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 Benedict Yossarian (August 13, 2008)  A learning disabled child needs help and parents should provide it through patience, love and proper knowledge. It is important that parents understand that a child's learning disability is not a hindrance for a happy childhood. It is the duty of parents to discover the strengths of the child and nurture them to build self confidence. A learning disabled child needs protection but .. (Parenting)

Don't Let School Bullies Get Your Child

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 Benedict Yossarian (August 13, 2008)  Bullying is the act of hurting another individual either physically or emotionally. Bullying is a school problem that is painful and oftentimes traumatic for a child to experience. It occurs mostly during the elementary and high school years. School bullies are easily angered or frustrated. They have difficulty in abiding rules and they view violence as the act of superiority. School .. (Parenting)

A Guide in Choosing the Right School For Children

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 Benedict Yossarian (August 13, 2008)  Finding the right school which provides quality education and promotes overall growth of children is the primary goal of parents when kids reach the schooling age. Children may already go to school such as a childcare centre as early as five years old and in some, cases even earlier. However, choosing the best school for children may not be easy as it sounds. Whether the child is a .. (Parenting)

Taming the Grocery Store Temper Tantrum

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 Lynn Powers (August 13, 2008)  We've all seen it. A child in the grocery store screaming his or her lungs out. Sometimes it's about candy, sometimes a toy, sometimes for no reason at all. We try not to stare, feeling sorry for the poor frazzled mother who usually ends up giving in to her child's pleas, to stop the embarrassment. And even though the rest of us know that giving in wasn't the right thing for her to do, .. (Parenting)

Social and Emotional Development of Child

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 Dr John Anne (August 12, 2008)  Child development refers to the biological and psychological changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy as these developmental changes may be strongly influenced by genetic factors and events during prenatal life, genetics and prenatal development are usually included as part of the .. (Parenting)

The Right-Now Generation

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 Mark Beghtel (August 11, 2008)  Okay, I have three sons, and one of them has been in the military, and is now working as a Deputy with the local Sheriff's office. The only complaint I have about him is how he keeps track of his finances, but he's learning. He owns his own home, is married, and has a child on the way. I have moved in with him to help him fix up the house, and try to save some money. The oldest one was . (Parenting)

A Little Girl, a Dead Frog and a Life Lesson

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 Terri Forehand (August 11, 2008)  My five year old granddaughter has a love of toads and frogs. She has found a family of toads who have made their home in the sandy ground by one of her basement windows. She calls me often to let me know where her frogs (alias the toads)are and what they have been up to. She called Sunday to tell me that the momma frog was dead. Keeping in mind that she was only five and had not .. (Parenting)

How to Multiply Quality Family Time

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 Harry R. G. Becker (August 11, 2008)  Raising a family is a fun but often trying experience. Children are first of all a gift from God. You as the mother and father gain huge personal satisfaction from just one small smile your child gives you and of course that happens thousands of times throughout life. Teaching your child how to walk. Seeing the excitement in him or her when they achieve even the smallest successes. The .. (Parenting)

Finding a Good Babysitter Online - What is the Process?

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 Benjamin Robert Ehinger (August 11, 2008)  If you need a night out, some time away, or need a full time nanny, then you can go ahead and call up your relatives, friends, and co workers until you can find the babysitter that will work for you. Sometimes this works, but there is a better way to find a dependable babysitter whenever you need one and you can do it without even leaving your home or picking up your phone. Here is how .. (Parenting)

Are You Screaming "I Need a Babysitter Now!"?

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 Benjamin Robert Ehinger (August 11, 2008)  Are you in need of a babysitter and are sick of asking all your friends for recommendations? Have you caught yourself pulling your hair out and screaming, “I Need A Babysitter Now!"? There is a way to find the babysitter you need and fast. Here is how you can accomplish your goal of finding a babysitter now. For many years you had to rely on family or friends and neighbors to .. (Parenting)

Online Babysitter - Find Your Babysitter Online

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 Benjamin Robert Ehinger (August 11, 2008)  The old way to find a babysitter was to ask everybody you knew and how you could find someone that was trustworthy enough to watch your child or children. These are times of the past because now you do not have to worry about the hassle of finding a babysitter for one night, many nights or a full time nanny. You can get your next babysitter online with and online babysitter service. .. (Parenting)

Anger Signals an Inability to Solve Problems

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 Shelley Brownfield (August 11, 2008)  We all experience anger in our families. I am sure we all wish there was less of it. Anger can be healthy in the sense that it signals to us that something is really wrong in a situation and a problem needs to be solved. Righteous Anger When anger occurs righteously it comes from God and is obviously a productive emotion. We can think back to Jesus getting angry at the money changers .. (Parenting)

Five Tips For Getting Your Child to Sleep

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 Jane C Jones (August 11, 2008)  Sleep, and the lack of it, is a big issue for many parents, and can cause a great deal of unnecessary stress. But there are things you can do to help and here are our tips for making bedtime less of an ordeal. 1. Make their bedroom special. Make it their room and involve them in the design if at all possible. It's nice if they can have a hand in choosing furniture and colour schemes .. (Parenting)

Fond Childhood Memories - How to Build Them

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 James Beverly (August 11, 2008)  It is well known in the field of psychology that if you ask a married couple to recount their fondest memories together, more often than not they will tell you of a time when they had very little and were struggling to build a life together. Usually they will laugh and tell you something like when they used a cardboard box for a table - but had each other. It becomes clear that what .. (Parenting)

Parenting and Homework Tips - Going From Tears & Fears - to CHEERS!

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 Judy Armes (August 11, 2008)  What's a Parents’ Biggest Fear?-That their child will become seriously ill or in a serious accident. Is that your biggest fear? So, what's the second biggest fear? My bet is that it might have something to do with whether their children will be successful, happy and productive as adults. No parent (I'm pretty sure!) envisions their children as poverty-stricken or unable to hold .. (Parenting)

Early Education For Your Child

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 Chris L. Jensen (August 11, 2008)  In order to fully take advantage of this parents need to be aware of developing their child's learning skills during this time. Children need lots of stimuli and a safe environment to fully benefit during these crucial years. By providing this, you are ensuring a wonderful start to lifelong journey of learning. Many adults believe that what we call “playtime" is just that, play, .. (Parenting)

Handwriting Games - Making Handwriting Fun

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 Robyn Dalby-Stockwell (August 11, 2008)  Handwriting, what is it? It is the convenient method by which we record the twenty six complex ciphers of our spoken language. Got that? In other words it's the way we put our words, sentences and stories onto paper. Think back now to the beautiful flowing copperplate handwriting of our grandparents and great grandparents, many of whom had very little formal schooling. The little they .. (Parenting)

Raising Children - Importance of Understanding How the Young Mind Works

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 Stella Mak (August 11, 2008)  Maria Montessori believed that even though the child is not able to talk before the age of 1.5 years, it does not mean that he is not learning anything. In fact, a young child's mind is able to absorb knowledge exposed to him and also has the power to teach himself, despite not being able to speak. This is what Dr Montessori refers to as the child's absorbent mind which is in fact .. (Parenting)

Hyperthermia Deaths of Children in Hot Vehicles

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 Reina Armold (August 11, 2008)  Some people say that this could happen to anyone. But c'mon, are we really that forgetful? How can we forget our children in the back of our cars? I don't know, maybe I'm a paranoid parent, but I have to know minute by minute what my kids are doing and where they are. They're constantly on my mind. Maybe it helps that I'm stay-at-home mom and know that if my children are not with me .. (Parenting)

The Phenomenon of Older Parents

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 Scarlett Capelli (August 11, 2008)  In the past, people married right out of high school and college and had their children while they were still in their twenties. Now we know that many people are marrying at a later age and having children while they are in their thirties and forties. Many of these parents are quick to point out the advantages of having children when you are older. When compared with people in their .. (Parenting)

The Insanity of Summer

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 Scarlett Capelli (August 11, 2008)  Two words that can send shivers down any parent's spine is “school's out!" These words mean an end to the sanity of every day life. If you and your spouse both work, the added expense of day care begins. For parents who stay at home, your tranquility is suddenly interrupted by kids fighting and running in and out of the house all day. To keep your sanity, you need to come up with .. (Parenting)

Parents and Teenagers - 7 Mistakes to Avoid For Back to School Success

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 Terre Grable (August 11, 2008)  It's that time of year again. You see it at the mall; hear the ads on the radio, and even in the whining of every student. It is “Back to School" season! Whether you are a parent that welcomes the return of normalcy, or one that hates to see the summer end here are 7 mistakes to avoid having a poor academic year. 1. A negative attitude Yes, academics today are tougher than when .. (Parenting)

Teach Your Kids About Election Day

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 P. Banas (August 10, 2008)  As this interminable 2008 election whimpers on into the fall, our family has at least used it to teach a few civics lessons to our two young children. The success of the first viable female and African-American candidates, of course, has been much bally-hooed for their significance. As adults, we appreciate what paradigm shifting events mean within the context of history. Four years .. (Parenting)

Why Kids Are Such Picky Eaters

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 Vickie Monroe (August 10, 2008)  Almost every parent will have to deal with the fact that their child will go through a picky eating stage. Not many seem to know what to do about this and often wonder why this is the case. If you're dealing with such an ordeal as this, rest assure you can discover exactly why your child refuses to eat. Even more, you can find out just how to get them to start eating the foods you .. (Parenting)

Raising a Super-Sensible Child

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 Bob Lancer (August 10, 2008)  Sensitivity is something to be nurtured, honored. It is not a sign of weakness, though often parents and teachers interpret it as such. There is a link between sensitivity and genius. However, we need be astute observers of the child to distinguish between the child's true needs and unbalanced demands. Honoring your child's sensitivity does not mean automatically submitting to your .. (Parenting)

Taking the Bully by the Horns

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 Audrey Valeriani (August 10, 2008)  In July, 2006 the Malden Observer printed an article I wrote called “Tireless Voices Can Defeat Bullies" which was my attempt to get kids and adults alike to get involved and help the victims of bullying; to talk to young people and find out what's going on in and out of school, to report any violent or degrading behavior and to hold the offenders accountable. Well, here it is .. (Parenting)

How Can I Help My Children Enjoy Reading?

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 Len Roe (August 10, 2008)  Reading has always been a difficult chore for me. I call it a chore because when I was young and in school it was one of the hardest thing I ever had to do. I would do anything I could to get away from reading. Most of the time the subject matter of the books offered in class held no interest to me so I had little interest in reading. I mean, after all, how long can you find joy in .. (Parenting)

How to Raise a Responsible Child

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 Ron P. Maier (August 10, 2008)  Responsibility is a very important skill that children must learn. It teaches them respect, self-preservation, dedication and how to have pride in themselves. Many parents try to teach responsibility by giving their children chores and punishing them if the chores are not completed. While this may be part of the strategy, it leaves out the important lessons that responsibility should .. (Parenting)

Use This Simple Method to Head Off Eating Problems Before They Start

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 Colleen Kitchen (August 10, 2008)  Healthy children are naturally hungry children. It is only when they are sated that they begin to notice that their feeding habits can produce predictable results in the adults around them. Why do you suppose the toddler throws all the toys out of the pen? To make you pick them up, of course! And why does he refuse to eat his oatmeal? To watch the show you put on and get attention! The .. (Parenting)

Interactive Toys For Learning

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 Chang Lim (August 10, 2008)  It's unfortunate that more people don't know this, but toys and playing are absolutely vital for a person's development. This isn't only true for babies and children, it's just as true for adults. Yes, even adults need to take some time to goof off and indulge their curiosities now and then if they hope to continue growing and changing as human beings (or have you never spent hours and .. (Parenting)

How Do Parents Know When Kids Have the Cold Or the Flu?

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 Chris Lowrey (August 09, 2008)  It's that time again. . . either the kids or the parents start to feel under the weather. It isn't hard to know that an illness is coming on. You know it's either the cold or the flu and know full well that the next week is going to be a living nightmare. But, how can you tell the difference between the cold and flu? And, what do you do when you figure it out? Both the cold and the flu .. (Parenting)

Three Tips to Transition Your Family Back to School

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 Laura Dessauer (August 09, 2008)  You know what time of year this is, back to school! Even if you don't have children or your children are grown, there is a shift that occurs as fall arrives. There is a bit of anticipation, a sense of something about to occur, a quickening of pace. For many of us as fall arrives our schedule fills and we are on the go with little time to slow down and reflect. No matter what age you .. (Parenting)

Keep Kids Healthy

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 William DaMore (August 09, 2008)  Ever wonder why your child is always getting sick? This article may shed light on some of the reasons. Toddlers actually need 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. This is often over looked. Infants need much more. And teenagers in high school should have at least 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Without proper rest, kids are not able to fight off illness let alone function .. (Parenting)

Helping Children After a Disaster

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 Yvonne Clark (August 09, 2008)  When explaining a catastrophe to kids, it is important to explain the event in words the child can understand. Parents, caregiver and adults should acknowledge the frightening parts of the disaster when talking with a child about it. Be honest, falsely minimizing the devastation will not end a child's concerns. The parent, caregiver, teacher or support leader should answer the child's .. (Parenting)

Questions Kids Ask About Death, Dying, Funeral and Grief

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 Yvonne Clark (August 09, 2008)  Kids are often interested in the physical aspect of death and mechanics of the wake and/or funeral. Here are some questions and answers that might help you respond to their curiosity. If the body is dead, why does it need to be preserved? Using child friendly language an appropriate answer is a dead body will decompose very quickly. Therefore, it needs to be embalmed so that it can be .. (Parenting)

Summer Safety Tips For Your Children

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 Veronica Scott (August 09, 2008)  Summertime can mean fun times for the kids. But along with the warm weather, also comes some added dangers such as poison ivy, insect bites, bee stings, and sunburn. Summertime is also the time when many outdoor accidents happen which can range from minor scraps and cuts, broken bones to drowning in a pool or other bodies of water. Here are some ideas for keeping your children safe this . (Parenting)

Important Financial Facts For Parents

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 Elizabeth Dasilva (August 03, 2008)  Even though Americans and Canadians live in two of the wealthiest nations in the world, many are incapable of dealing with their finances. Although they may not experience a shortage of funds, many people find it very hard to balance their income versus their expenditures. This can lead to disaster, especially when the person ill-equipped to handle their own finances are in the position . (Parenting)

Tips For Keeping Kids Safe From Burns

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 Terri Forehand (August 01, 2008)  Keeping children safe from burns is a serious responsibility. Children do not have the ability to see danger in everyday things, so we must look out for them and teach them how to protect themselves from danger especially from things that can burn. Follow these tips to keep your kids safe. * Store matches, candles, gasoline, lighters, and all other flammable materials locked away from .. (Parenting)

3 Parenting Tips Using Love Talk With Your Partner

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 Jean Tracy (August 01, 2008)  "Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. " - Oscar Wilde Whether it was a long time ago or recently, you promised to love, honor, and cherish your spouse. That includes the way you talk with each other. Perhaps you've slipped into disrespectful patterns. Maybe you just need a few ideas to lift up your conversations. Use the tips .. (Parenting)

I Messages Instead of You Messages Makes Better Communication

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  Most parents start out each conversation with their children with “You. . . . " For instance, how many times today have exchanges been; “you need to stop that behavior" “You never pick up your toys" “You need to do your homework, chores, turn off the TV, smile more, stop eating so much, etc. etc. It is no wonder that the children stop listening to us. Every time . (Parenting)

Feeling Words More Than Mad, Sad Or Glad

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  Families and individuals often struggle to find words which describe what they are feeling. Many find themselves referring back to mad, sad and happy, especially if the parents were never allowed to express feelings in their childhood homes. One of the cornerstones of successful families is mutual respect. Mutual respect is formed when there is honest communication and understanding .. (Parenting)




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