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Techniques to Get Kids to Work at Home

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  It is not always easy to combine fun and work, but it is possible. The goal of family relationships should be one of mutual respect and cooperation. The sooner the chores are done, the sooner you can go have fun. Or, if you use the techniques and ideas listed below, you can do both at the same time. These fun ideas have been tested by families just like yours and mine and they work! So . (Parenting)

Getting Kids to Help at Home Pre School and Kindergarten

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  Increasing evidence suggests that rich stimulation early in life affects the intellectual development of children. Children need as much encouragement as possible to try new tasks. They also need to learn from doing. Only in this way can they come to know about their surroundings and how they will personally affect them. In fact, it's never too early to start working on your child's .. (Parenting)

What You Should Expect Pre Teens to Do

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  Would you like your 9-11 year old child to help more at home? Are you curious if you are expecting too much or too little? Do you share the responsibility of the household chores with them? If you do everything for your child, you will not have time to do fun things with them! Plus, you will be denying them the opportunity to grow in responsibility and problem solving life skills. .. (Parenting)

Whats a Magic Chuckle?

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 Maureen Miller (July 31, 2008)  I can't even remember where I heard the phrase but it has saved my sanity more times than I can think of. But here is the best definition I have of it. A Magic Chuckle is something that happens to you throughout the day where you have the opportunity to laugh at yourself and what you are experiencing in a particular moment. The reason to keep your eyes open for a Magic Chuckle is: A .. (Parenting)

Three Year Old Ages and Stages

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  The third year is a fascinating one in the growth of a child and is personally my very favorite. I have never met a three-year-old I didn't just adore. The three-year-old can do things. He can run, jump, ride a trike and go up and down stairs proficiently. He loves to run errands, and his best reward is a smile from his parents. He pays attention to adults and watches their facial .. (Parenting)

Four Year Olds Ages and Stages

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 Judy H. Wright (July 31, 2008)  Characteristics of 4 year old children If three is the age of doing, four is the age of finding out. The two words most frequently used by a four-year-old are Why and how. He is also a doer who lives in the here and now. So when you say, “Let's hurry and clean the house and we can go to the circus tomorrow, " you are really pushing his buttons. Yesterday means nothing. Tomorrow is . (Parenting)

Sharing Books and Reading With Your Children

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 Victor Epand (July 30, 2008)  Reading books to small children, especially at night, will ensure that they sleep peacefully. During the daytime, sharing and reading books to your children is an activity in which the child not only learns new words but also learns to relate it to real life. For example, after learning about a dog in the book, a child might utter the words “bow-wow", the minute he or she sees a .. (Parenting)

Halloween Crafts For Kids Can Teach Children How to Learn the Fun Way

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 Daryl Plaza (July 30, 2008)  It has been discovered that Halloween crafts for kids can assist in the learning and development of the child. As a parent that home schools my children, I spend a lot of time working to learn various methods that can be used to enhance the educational experience for my children. I was surprised to learn, when we first started educating our children at home, that something as simple as .. (Parenting)

Are Your Children Prepared For the First Day of School?

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 Dr. Jennifer Baxt, DMFT (July 30, 2008)  Some children are excited about their first day of school and some children are a little nervous about it. It is a whole new experience for them, one that their parents should do their best to prepare the child for. It is natural for some children to feel nervous about it. After all, they are being introduced into an entirely new environment. Parents should try their best to have their .. (Parenting)

Service Projects For Preschoolers How Your Family Can Make a Difference

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 Denise Oliveri (July 30, 2008)  Children are born into this world with the expectation that they are the center of the universe. It's not their fault, or anything that they control. When your son cries, you feed him or change his diaper. He comes to realize that he can get a reaction from you that makes him feel better, and naturally thinks that his every whim will be attended to. By the time your child is a toddler, . (Parenting)

Preparing For Back to School

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 Meagan Farrell (July 30, 2008)  For parents, the summer countdown is on. With about a month to go until the coveted first day of school, there are steps that can be taken to make the transition go smoothly. Back To School Supplies: The lists have been out for a while now, so there is no reason not to have all the items purchased already. Take advantage of good sales as well as large inventory. Don't wait until the .. (Parenting)

Keys to Successful Parenting

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 Jennie Gandhi (July 29, 2008)  Parenting greatly influences the complete life cycle of child development. Child development is the growth of a child from all domains including physical growth, mental growth, emotional growth, social growth and spiritual growth. All these stages have a great impact of how bad or good parenting skills are. It is important that parent teach the significance of mannerism, discipline, .. (Parenting)

Fostering Creativity in Children

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 Judy Hansen (July 29, 2008)  Devoted parents often inaccurately equate creativity with intelligence. In reality, however, creativity and intelligence are different skills and are self-determining. A very creative child may or may not be very intelligent. What is more, creativity is often mistaken for talent. However, it does extend beyond possession and execution of artistic talent. Basically, a talented child .. (Parenting)

Parenting Tips For Mom to Have More Fun

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 Jen Edwards (July 29, 2008)  What mom doesn't want to have fun? I know when I became a mom it was the most momentous, joyous time in my life and then came the endless nights of crying, nursing, rocking, crying, walking, bouncing, “shhhh, sh, sh, shhhhh", slowly and gently placing baby in crib, crying (rinse, repeat, with mom crying too!) It's rough, right. . . All of a sudden I was thrown from my independent .. (Parenting)

Parenting After Divorce

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 Mortin Powell (July 29, 2008)  A well-drafted plan by the family law attorney for parenting reduces misconceptions, miscommunication and, misunderstandings. It helps the children to a smooth transition between houses, providing security and certainty of where and with whom they will live. The plan will help in meeting the demands of situations that have changed like the child's independence and his or her growth. .. (Parenting)

Taking a Childs Hand

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 Rebecca Anselmo (July 29, 2008)  Writers and illustrators in many ways embrace children as if taking them by the hand and showing them what is hidden within themselves. Brian a rambunctious mischievous child was no exception. One bright Monday morning Brian bound toward the classroom door, as usual. A passing adult peered down with a staunch look in her eyes, “Brian stop running. " He looked up briefly, .. (Parenting)

Childcare Horrors Revenge

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 Melissa Aytche (July 29, 2008)  I recall when my daughter was only 4 months old. Her father worked days and I was working graveyard shift to pay the bills. During the evening and nights he had my daughter, and during the day we had a part time daycare to help while I slept. It was a difficult time for us as a whole because we were just starting out. We chose a daycare close to home that would allow us to do part time .. (Parenting)

Five Valuable Life Skills Children Learn From Their Friends

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 Jeni Hooper (July 28, 2008)  Despite the common myths about friendship, children don't need to have lots of friends to feel secure and content. What most children want are one or two close friends and a wider circle of occasional playmates. So what do children learn from their friendships and how does this help them to become self reliant and independent? 1) Making their own fun Knowing how to make the most of .. (Parenting)

Parents License An Objective Look at the Arguments

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 Fenton Bailey (July 28, 2008)  You cannot end a life. Depending on your beliefs, this is free to a bit of leeway. Abortion, euthanasia, or what have you. Murder is very clearly a big no, and manslaughter is a mixed bag, usually left at the discretion of a judge and/or jury. Whether it is to protect yourself or others, accidentally or deliberately, knowingly or otherwise, ending life is not allowed. In the cases .. (Parenting)

Back to School Tips

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 Kathi Mitchell (July 28, 2008)  School is fast approaching and that means your kids are going to want and need new clothes. How do you know what to purchase that will please them, as well as your wallet? Here are a few handy guidelines to remember as you buy new kids clothing. Layer for comfort, layer for style. Most areas of the United States are relatively still warm when school begins. However, the mornings may be . (Parenting)

Superwoman Fact Or Myth?

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 Meeyuen Thang (July 28, 2008)  Most women featured in the mass media are always portrayed as successful in their careers and their role as a good mother and wife. These stories make a lasting impression on a lot of people and I am of no exception. When I first became a mother a decade ago, I strove hard to become a “supermum". I was convinced that if the women I read about could do it, particularly the many .. (Parenting)

CEO Parents Heads of Household

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 Kelvin Shaw (July 28, 2008)  In the family unit, you have the head-of-household, which should always be thought of as heads-of-household or considered to be and synonymous to CEOs or CEO Parents. Run your family like loving, caring, and generous CEOs because CEOs always are paid in the end. I make this distinction from a simple comparison of the job of a CEO in building and growing a company and the job of parents . (Parenting)

Lets Bring Our Families Back Together

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 Jaye Sevenhawks (July 28, 2008)  In this fast paced world our families are drifting further and further apart. Sports, after school activities, modern technology, hundreds of movie channels and video games are claiming our children's attention. We need to make a strong effort to get our children to have time and family fun. We need to carve out time for enjoyable family fun, such as a Friday night movie together, play .. (Parenting)

The Parents Took Kit Token Economy

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 Ken Fields (July 28, 2008)  Parents with children who exhibit behavior problems in the attention deficit or oppositional defiant realm, such as refusal to do chores, homework, or participate in family activities, might find the use of token economy useful. To be effective, it needs to be done consistently. The economy needs to be of value to the child and there often needs to be immediate rewards for desired .. (Parenting)

Guidelines For a Fun, Efficient, and Effective Household Chore Time

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 Judy H. Wright (July 28, 2008)  Do you ever wish you had a rule book for parenting? How about an instruction manual for raising responsible children? How about some guidelines For a Fun, Efficient, and Effective Household Chore Time? When getting your children to help out around the house, it can be difficult to make that time a positive time. Kids have negative ideas about chores, and like to avoid them if possible. .. (Parenting)

Parenting Skills in This Fast Paced World

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 Alice Lane (July 28, 2008)  What are the important areas on which to focus your precious time as a parent? What would be the most benefit in the least amount of time? Of course, the more time you can spend with your child or children, the better according to most studies. But if your time is limited, it should be quality time since it can't be quantity. Two areas of major importance are diet and physical activity. . (Parenting)

Raising Our Children to Be Good Cooks

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 Mary Crowther (July 28, 2008)  Put away the computers, video games and TV and invite your children to the kitchen for a cooking lesson. After all, this is how most of us learned to cook by watching our mothers and grandmothers prepare a delicious meal. Sure it may take extra time in the beginning, but they will learn some valuable skills for the future. Follow these steps and your children will be cooking right along . (Parenting)

Solving Discipline Problems in Children

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 Jacques Sprenger (July 28, 2008)  Few experts in education would disagree that modern children lack proper discipline. One of the many causes lies in the new role that women play in society. They work outside the home and spend little time with their children as compared to traditional women in the 50's. Some mothers will argue that  when they get home, they are too tired to really enforce the rules. They will also .. (Parenting)

Beating the Summer Blues Part 2 Simple Activity Ideas For Summer Fun

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 Courtney Kowalczyk (July 28, 2008)  Summer is in full swing here Michigan. We are enjoying the warm and sometimes humid days and the extra hours of sunlight. School has been out of session now for over a month, and for many families the feeling of restlessness is beginning to set in. Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed by what to do with your children each and every day during the summer months. Here are a few more .. (Parenting)

Teens, Tweens and Toddlers Under One Roof Help! Pointers on How to Bridge the Age Gap

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 Yvonne Kimmons (July 28, 2008)  Tonight was a good night. The house was miraculously quiet due to the fact that my preteen and teenage boys decided that their on-going debate over who is the “lamest" (apparently lame is the cool word for this week) could be continued in the morning, and to my surprise my two year old energizer bunny did not keep going and going and going. Sitting down for a cup of herbal tea is . (Parenting)

Five Ways For Parents to Help Their Children to Overcome Shyness

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 Carma Dutra (July 28, 2008)  Shyness does not have a standardized definition in the dictionary and cannot be defined by one or two words. Bashful, frightened, timid are just a few. Most definitions incorporate feeling uncomfortable in social situations. The simple act of recognizing and understanding a child's feelings can create an environment that feels safe or safer to a shy child. Fifty percent of the adult .. (Parenting)

Nurturing Communication Strategy - Key to Family's Successful Recession Survival

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 Huldah Jones (July 28, 2008)  Family-Nurturing Communication Promotes Family Survival in Financial Loss © HGJ Downsizing takes a toll on the family of the employee and can cause much domestic wreckage. One of the principle rules in successful family survival is to monitor your emotions and those of your family members. It is especially important for husband and wife to do so. Loss of finances and the loss of .. (Parenting)

Who Owns the Problem - Parent Or Child?

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 Judy H. Wright (July 28, 2008)  Who owns the problem; Parent or Child? It is tempting for parents to assume ownership and responsibility for everything that goes on in the life of their child. However, when the parent jumps in too soon to solve the problem or give the answer, the child never learns to trust his own judgment and become a critical thinker. Look at the list of situations and see if you can figure out .. (Parenting)

Top 6 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

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 P. Banas (July 27, 2008)  Our attitudes towards money are, to a great extent, shaped by our parents. And yet, according to a study, less than 50 % parents admit to teaching their kids about finance. Here are six great ways to help kids grow up with a healthy attitude towards money. 1. Practice what you preach. Children learn best by observing their parents. If your kids grow up seeing you save money, they are .. (Parenting)

Back to School Safety Backpacks and Bookbags

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 Sarah Freeland (July 27, 2008)  While children may only think of their backpack as a fashion statement, and a means to lug around all of their necessities. There are many things that their parents must consider, for the sake of their child's health. Often times backpack safety takes a back seat to the fashion trends of the year, however it is quite easy to get the best of both worlds as long as you are well educated. .. (Parenting)

Nanny Search How to Use the Web to Find a Nanny

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 Gill Lavi (July 27, 2008)  Using an advanced Nanny Finder tool over the web has never been easier. The age we live in has changed dramatically in the past few years the way we think, communicate and the way we search and find needed information. Millions of people over the world use the web every day for different purposes. Today, families are aware to the advantage online nanny search which can be simple and .. (Parenting)

The Importance of Solitude

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 Karen Alonge (July 27, 2008)  I'm a stressed-out stay at home mom of 3 kids (ages 9, 6 and 3) and feel exhausted. My patience is shorter than ever and I need some advice on how to recharge and be a better mom, which to me means being more patient, more willing to answer question after question, and finding more effective ways to deal with many parenting issues that come up each day. On the day I received this .. (Parenting)

Teaching Parents How to Parent

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 Tony Hanes (July 27, 2008)  It's Obvious that our culture had become obsessed with teaching Teens how to be successful in corporate America. Kids are exposed to so much information now in school with the advent of the computer and the information age. Of course education is important, and striving for higher goals is not in of its self a bad thing. But a life of excelling in education and spelling bees does not .. (Parenting)

Preschooler Information News You Can Use

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 Lisa Russolillo (July 27, 2008)  So, where does all that time go? You've survived all the sleepless nights, taught your baby to rollover, crawl, and walk, and endured exhaustive toddler temper tantrums. Your little one is now an independent, articulate, self-aware preschooler who is ready to tackle the ABCs and 123s in a structured classroom. There will be new rules and routines to follow, but your well-prepared .. (Parenting)

Parenting The Key to Family Fun

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 Jedidiah Lee (July 27, 2008)  Have you ever wondered why are children are much more difficult to get hold of? Have you ever thought about why as time goes by, family fun gets harder to come by? Have you realised that parents nowadays have been much more geared towards a successful career rather than building up a family with strong ties? Many people would say that the reasons behind these questions are apparent, .. (Parenting)

Parents Resources Tips For Choosing Child Care

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 Lisa Russolillo (July 27, 2008)  Choosing where to place your child and with whom can be one of the most difficult choices for a parent. This section will give you suggestions and tips that will help make it easier for you to choose the right child care solution. There are several factors to take into consideration when looking at different child care programs and comparing different facilities and there will be many .. (Parenting)

Letting Your Little One Help With Family Chores

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 Sarah Freeland (July 27, 2008)  While I might not be your average mother, sporting tattoos and piercings; and gaining looks at every turn down the aisle of the store. However I am still a firm believer, that it is never too early to have a child help with daily chores. Not only does it help teach a child the value of hard work, but it also helps to build self esteem. This of course is proven to me, over and over .. (Parenting)

Keeping Your Child Entertained on a Budget

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 Sarah Freeland (July 27, 2008)  Even the most creative minds of the alternative parent, all parents are probably running thin on ideas of inexpensive means of keeping your children entertained. It is important to keep your child's mind constantly stimulated, not only does it teach them about the world. It also allows you to do chores, without having to worry about the trouble they are possibly getting into. With the .. (Parenting)

Do You Really Know Your Teenage Daughter?

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 Susan P Denny (July 27, 2008)  Being a teenager in today's society is not an easy task, and it affects girls a lot more than boys. Girls are much more likely than boys to become depressed, delve into self-destructive behaviors and damage their futures because of low self-esteem. The easiest way to help them develop a healthy self-image is by encouraging them to try and master new things. Of course, you'll have to .. (Parenting)

Nurturing Parent-Child Connection

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 Jennie Gandhi (July 27, 2008)  Nurturing parent-child connection is an act that brings smiles, joys and life to a family. Family is a sweet little gathering of people sharing the same blood. A complete family comprises grandparents, parents, children and siblings. Like flowers need sunlight and water to grow children needs warmth and love to grow. A farmer nurtures all the plants in his grounds with sufficient .. (Parenting)

Parenting Skill

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 Jennie Gandhi (July 27, 2008)  Parenting is considered to be the most difficult and responsible job. The only unfortunate aspect of this job is that no one gets a formal training or course. This is a totally different kind of job where you have to take over the task and fulfill your responsibility but you are not paid. There are even criticisms, mistakes and firing in the parenting job. There are many researches and . (Parenting)

Helping Your Children Organize Their Bedrooms

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 Audrey Okaneko (July 26, 2008)  How many times have you heard “mom I don't know where to put this?" My kids also love the phrase “my closet is too full". I'd like to share some tips on helping your child organize their room. Closets - Whenever you buy new clothes, get rid of some old clothes. Children grow and clothing through usage wears out. Even though my kids say “but I wear everything", when we . (Parenting)

How Not to Be a Pushy Parent?

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 Jennie Gandhi (July 26, 2008)  We want to be there for our kids and help them all the time so that they do not feel much pain. But the only thing that this makes us is ‘nosy’. You make yourself available when your 10 year old has just told you to help him do his homework or get his clothes ready only to be called a pushy parent. Well this is how it looks on the other side of the river as kids think, you .. (Parenting)

Knowing the ABCs of Behavior Can Benefit Your Child in Special Education

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 JoAnn Collins (July 26, 2008)  Does your child with autism or another disability have difficulty with their behavior at school? Are you trying to figure out why your child is misbehaving at school? This article will introduce you to the ABC's of behavior. It is the first place to start, in trying to figure out why your child has behavioral difficulty. The process for figuring out what the behavior is and what to do .. (Parenting)

5 Reasons Why Your Child Receiving Special Education May Be Misbehaving

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 JoAnn Collins (July 26, 2008)  Does your child with autism have increased behavioral difficulty at school? Do you sometimes wonder, why your child misbehaves at certain times of day at school, or while doing certain activities? To determine what your child is receiving from the behavior a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) must be conducted. But this article, will give you a few things that could be causing your .. (Parenting)




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