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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)

Key to Reducing Singling Fighting

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 Michael Grose (July 26, 2008)  How do you respond to children's squabbles and fights? Do you respond like a policeperson, trying to get to the bottom of the dispute? Do you see it as your job to keep law and order? Do you respond like an escapee, getting away from the fighting? Do you leave kids to work out the dispute themselves? Policeperson or escapee? Which are you? To be truthful you need to be both. There are .. (Parenting)

Teaching Your Children to Swim

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 Bonnie Ferrar (July 26, 2008)  When I was a teenager, I got a part time summer job teaching local children how to swim. I was a bit nervous since I had never taught anyone how to swim before. The task seemed daunting, especially since I had 10 three-year-old students sitting stone-faced on the swimming pool edge, their feet nervously dangling in the water. I panicked, wondering if I should've read an “Idiots .. (Parenting)

Need Help Finding a Daycare, Preschool Or Kindergarten

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 Leanne Fowler (July 26, 2008)  The decision to hire someone to care for your child can be difficult, if you want someone you can trust, and someone your child will be safe with. Before you actually go out and choose a Daycare, Preschool or Kindergarten, you'll want to ask yourself some important questions. If you take the time to really think about your answers, you'll have laid the groundwork for finding the Right .. (Parenting)

Do More With Children, Not For Them Ages 6 to 8 Years Old Primary Grades

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 Judy H. Wright (July 25, 2008)  Would you like to give your children self confidence? How about teaching them skills to make them valuable in the world of work? What about helping them to assume personal responsibility? And the big question-How would you like to have more time to spend with them, not waiting on them hand and foot! Building Self Confidence Work with your children to learn life skills and you are giving . (Parenting)

Nannies For Hire Where to Find Good Nannies?

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 Gill Lavi (July 25, 2008)  Newspaper ads You can easily check local newspaper if any nannies are looking for a job. Locating a nanny will be easy and with no time you can call and meet her to see if this is the person you are looking for. The only limitation in this case will be the nanny screening process. Since you don't know her and no one else can recommended her you will need to double check the nanny .. (Parenting)

Help Your Child Battle Peer Pressure With Gratitude

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 Stacey Scott (July 25, 2008)  At some point in our lives we have found ourselves in situations where we have been subjected to peer pressure, children most of all. As I set out to promote the benefits of gratitude, especially in dealing with peer pressure, foremost in my mind was the desire to promote a strong identity of “self" in my children and all children. I want them to believe that no matter what .. (Parenting)

Keeping People Abroad Updated With Your Childs Development

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 Matthew Pressman (July 24, 2008)  Life is going well and you're ticking all the important boxes on your ‘to do’ list - you've moved out, you've got a partner and now you've had your first baby together. Your friends and family have all visited and ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ at your precious bundle of joy, but as they leave you realise that some of them live so far away that they will not be .. (Parenting)

Ideas to Get Your Child Reading

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 Matthew Pressman (July 24, 2008)  Research has shown that children who begin reading from an early age develop more of an appetite for books and tend to perform better at school. Whilst some kids seem to be natural bookworms, others sometimes need a bit of a prod before sitting down to read, and with such a wide range of titles now available there is something that should interest any prospective reader. If you're a .. (Parenting)

Motivating Your Child to Read

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 Veronica Scott (July 24, 2008)  In a world filled with stimulating video games, computers and the Internet, state the art toys and television, reading a book might seem boring to your child. As a parent, you understand how important reading is for your child, but you are frustrated on how to get them to put down the Game Boy and read a book. Here are some tips to get your child interested in reading: Start early by .. (Parenting)

Funny Facts For Parents to Share With Children

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 Chris Lowrey (July 24, 2008)  All too often, children think parents know nothing. And, as the years progress, it seems like the less we remember. So, when your children are asking help with homework and we baffle them with our big words because we truly do not understanding what in the world they are doing, we can salvage our pride. Below is a list of fun facts that all parents should keep stored in case of .. (Parenting)

The Parent, The Child and The Moon

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 Chris Lowrey (July 24, 2008)  The Moon is often a topic of conversation between Parent and Child. At very young ages, children look up in the sky and ask questions of the parents as to what everything is and what it all means. No one has all of the answers in regards to the sky. But, there are many answers we can give our kids about the Moon, which hopefully will spark more thought and more questions. Conversations . (Parenting)

Parenting Tips For Potty Training

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 Chris Lowrey (July 24, 2008)  Potty training can be a difficult experience for both parent and child. When done correctly, it can be a moment in time that is looked at as a blessing. The child feels like a ‘big kid', the parent gets out of buying diapers! But, when rushed, it can be a disaster. Therefore, before even considering the process, ask yourself these questions: 1. Is this a relatively stress-free .. (Parenting)

Parenting Three Habits That May Be Sabotaging Your Parenting Efforts

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 Jill Hope (July 24, 2008)  You've probably heard of the law of attraction (LOA). LOA basically says that what you think about and how you feel (your attraction point) will be the basis for attracting more of that into your life. In the popular movie “The Secret", people were depicted using LOA and the power of their thoughts and feelings to bring them cars, money, and even love. Well, similar to how can .. (Parenting)

Cotton Wool Kids Over Protecting Our Children Can Be Bad For Their Health

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 Isla Campbell (July 23, 2008)  If parental anecdotes are anything to go by, neighborhoods of yesteryear were a safe-haven where children could wander freely and parents could relax knowing the worst that could possibly happen would be a cut finger or bruised knee. Whilst the tellers of such tales may be just a little guilty of over-romanticizing bygone eras, it is probably still fair to say that times have indeed .. (Parenting)

Rewards Carry Risks

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 Barbara Fyles (July 23, 2008)  Punishing children for bad behaviour has its downfalls. It may elicit temporary compliance, but in most cases, this isn't lasting and often makes children angry, defiant, or have a desire for revenge. This model of power rather than reason can spoil the relationship between adult and child. So what do parents do when faced with behaviour problems? In many cases they turn instead to the . (Parenting)

Tips on Raising Christian Children

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 Candis Reade (July 23, 2008)  Christianity is still by far the most predominant religion in the world. Although it now comes in different forms and sects, it is still based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the belief that he lived and died for the forgiveness of our sins as based in the New Testament. However, there has been an alarming decrease of popularity of Christianity as well as the unbelievable decline .. (Parenting)

Parenting 7 Important Messages Our Children Need to Hear

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 Barb Desmarais (July 23, 2008)  I'm a parenting coach so the majority of my clients are parents. Although we focus mainly on their parenting challenges, inevitably at some point, issues they still have with their own parents arise. They picked up messages that became truths or they interpreted those messages as truths. Some are motivating but others are destructive and impede the success of relationships as well as .. (Parenting)

Nanny Salary in North America How Much to Pay?

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 Gill Lavi (July 23, 2008)  How much to pay a nanny? The The nannies salary is always an issue when hiring a nanny. On one hand you would like to hire a good childcare provider that need to take upon him self important responsibilities and on the other hand your budget is limited. Before thinking of finding a nanny you need to know first how much you can afford to pay your nanny. Nanny salaries may vary from .. (Parenting)

Motivating Your Child to Exercise

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 Veronica Scott (July 23, 2008)  "Drop and give me 20" is not exactly going to motivate a child to exercise. The best way to get a child to exercise is to not let them know they are exercising at all! There are many fun activities that you can do as a family to exercise. Here are some ideas: Go for a walk in the park, around the neighborhood or on a trail. Try hiking in a park with hills and rocks. It will be so much .. (Parenting)

Encouraging Desirable Behavior

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 Cynthia Tierra (July 23, 2008)  There are no problem children, only problem behaviors. Only the person involved can change his or her behavior. Our role as adults is to encourage desirable behaviors in children and to be models of those behaviors. To encourage cooperative behavior, it is important to remember to focus on desired behaviors, rather than on problem behaviors. Point out when a child is behaving, instead .. (Parenting)

Tweens, Teens and Texting

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 Denise Pellow (July 23, 2008)  Text Messaging has become a mystery for parents these days. Either they are mystified by it or they are text messaging as well. How is a parent supposed to decipher all those abbreviations teens are texting? Has text messaging become an addition for our kids? Over the 4th of July weekend, my niece who lives out of state, now 30 yrs. old and her friend 34 yrs. old with their two .. (Parenting)

I Am Going to Be a Surrogate! Now How Do I Tell My Kids?

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 Sharon Lamothe (July 23, 2008)  Again, I am approaching most of this discussion from the point of view of a woman who wants to be a surrogate. However, I have had several Intended Parents wonder about the same thing, talking to kids about Surrogacy. IP's may have a child of their own and wonder how to explain that another baby will be joining their family but Mom will not be pregnant. They may be looking ahead into .. (Parenting)

Rebellion in Teenagers

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 Catherine Adeyemi (July 23, 2008)  Adolescence is a time when many young people test limits - and parents’ patience. The scientists will say that hormonal changes are responsible for some of the rebellious attitudes of teenagers. I do not disagree, but how do you handle this period (of rebellion) without shifting the posts of discipline and acceptable moral standards? My teenager has a savings account; opened by .. (Parenting)

Empowering Children With Gratitude

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 Stacey Scott (July 23, 2008)  Empowered children are grateful. Empowered children are happy, strong and confident. Empowered children learn to take control of all that happens to them because they choose to learn from all situations. Empowered children are aware that individuals who say negative or mean comments quite likely say these things for other reasons. Moreover, they are empathetic to the fact that the .. (Parenting)

Weathering Step family Storms

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 Susan Hetrick (July 23, 2008)  Almost half of American households are comprised of step families. And if anything can throw your life out of balance, it's an unexpected storm in your step family. I live in Arizona, where a summer breeze is like a blast furnace. We may joke about the dry heat, but summers here are torrid. Desert-dwellers basically learn to deal with temperatures above 110 degrees. However, we also .. (Parenting)

Tricks of the Trade and Other Mother Myths

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 Susan Hetrick (July 23, 2008)  I won't sugar-coat it: choosing to love, and live with, children who wish you were dead is not easy. There are no magic words which will speed up a developing stepchild/stepparent relationship. There are no mysterious potions that you can mix into their macaroni-and-cheese which will make them love you. Basically, there are no tricks of the stepparent trade. However, there are ways to .. (Parenting)

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child

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 Shari McEnery (July 23, 2008)  We spend a great deal of time as new parents making sure that we are up to date on the latest medical wonders and vaccines. We make sure that our little ones are at every physical, ensuring that they are reaching their milestones every step of the way. If our child is sick, we don't hesitate to call the doctor. There are medicines to help soothe the ache or pain, to help cure it or to .. (Parenting)

Disciplining and Down Syndrome

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 Jaime Baxter (July 23, 2008)  Discipline is an important teaching strategy for every child. They learn boundaries, security, love and guidance along with respect and increased self-esteem if the discipline system used is concise, consistent, reasonable and realistic. Now, let's discuss discipline for children with special needs. Although it may sound scary, in reality, the basics for effective discipline are the .. (Parenting)

Club NDSS Overview

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 Jaime Baxter (July 23, 2008)  Finding a website for teens that can help teach great values, life skills, and independence would seem an incredible feat, and even more so for those with special needs. However, I have discovered one especially for teens with Down syndrome. Club NDSS, the National Down Syndrome Society, is an excellent resource for these special teens to realize their potential and establish goals .. (Parenting)

Donuts, Family, and Saturdays

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 Andy Fletcher (July 22, 2008)  "Can I have donut holes, dad? And Chocolate milk?" "One or the other. " I watch my son gleefully race up to the case and point. Hot, fresh, fried dough. Not the most nutritious thing in the world for a child, however, it is Saturday morning. My son races back. "Please, please. Donut holes and chocolate milk. " "Well, if you help rake the leaves this afternoon, maybe. " This is one of .. (Parenting)

How Do You Build Confidence in Your Children?

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 Dr. Jennifer Baxt, DMFT (July 22, 2008)  Poor self-esteem and low confidence can have a huge impact on how a child mentally develops, in how they interact with other students at school and how they do academically in school. It could cause marks to fall, cause depression to develop, cause one to become withdrawn and lead to problems in developing the social life. Parents can work with their children to deal with low .. (Parenting)

Getting Through the Valley

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 Michelle VanderHeide (July 22, 2008)  I've just returned to work after having several weeks off for maternity leave. (I have the most fabulous little boy added to my family!) Upon my return, I found that a handful of my families have entered into crisis mode. It's a hard place to be, and my heart hurts for them. It's a place in which we all have found ourselves; and when the journey is complete, we always find ourselves in .. (Parenting)

Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1 Simple Variations to Summer Routines

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 Courtney Kowalczyk (July 22, 2008)  School has been dismissed now for almost a month, and families may start becoming restless with the lackadaisical days of summer. For many families, this is the time of year to unwind from the business of the school year and enjoy each other's company. But for other families this time of the year can become very stressful, not knowing what to do with the kids while they are home from .. (Parenting)

Directions For a Successful Stepfamily

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 Sandy L. Williams (July 22, 2008)  In order to maintain the original relationships and foster the new, we have to respect those bonds and feelings. The parent who has visitation instead of custody is naturally feeling displaced and cheated as far as time spent with the children they no longer live with. If those feelings aren't validated and acknowledged, there will probably be some angry words spoken or some thoughtless . (Parenting)

Watching Over Your Teenage Driver When You Cant Be There

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 Deborah Carrigg (July 22, 2008)  Let's be honest, in today's world it is more important than ever to have a means to protect our children from the dangers of society. Family meetings and escorted events are a thing of the past and have been replaced by allowing our children global access to the Internet, cell phones that never stop ringing and teenage drivers that do not always use good judgment. Have you forgotten .. (Parenting)

Ten Simple Tips For Potty Training Boys

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 Wendy Thanisch (July 22, 2008)  It is often said that boys are more difficult than girls when it comes to potty training. Whether or not this is really true is a matter of debate. What does seem to be the case, however, is that boys often physically mature a little later than girls. They also experience a disadvantage in that their physical characteristics allow them to feel less discomfort than girls when they wet .. (Parenting)

Pinocchio Parenting

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 Bernadette Santiago (July 22, 2008)  Everyone will agree with me that at one point in their lives, their parents have lied to them or made them believe in some things that are fictitious and nonexistent. There is the ever famous Santa Claus who according to our dear parents visits our house during Christmas Eve just to give his presents to children who have been good for the whole year and no present at all to those kids .. (Parenting)

Running Away From Home Can Be Damaging

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 Anurag Ahluwalia (July 21, 2008)  Children who run away from home face great difficulties and dangers. Most run away due to problems with their parents and/or families. For example, violence in the family, arguing, separation or divorce. It is usually the hurt and anger resulting from experiencing these difficulties what pushes children to run away from home. There are many other reasons for children to run away. Some .. (Parenting)

Learn to Help Your Child Learn 6 Simple Tips

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 Anupama Vijayakumar (July 21, 2008)  As parents, all of us strive to give our kids the best possible education and learning environment; but many of us are so caught up in the daily din of life that we sometimes forget the reason why kids need to learn things or as we say, get an education. Why do children need to be “educated"? Ideally education should: equip children with certain “life skills" which will .. (Parenting)

The Four Pillars of Parenting The Foundation of All Great Parents

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 Dr. Ray Hawkins (July 21, 2008)  The Four What? So, you are probably wondering what I mean by pillars. A pillar is a vital part of a structure - or, in our case, a person - that provides support and stability. Missing or weak pillars cause you to become unstable and eventually lead to a collapse. In each area of life, there are pillars available to help you succeed if you commit to them and work hard to strengthen and . (Parenting)

I Will Never Be Like That Mummy

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 Tara Cain (July 21, 2008)  Do you remember way back before you had children - let's call it BC - when you made yourself certain promises about the type of person you would be in motherhood? Do you remember being out for a nice meal with your other half while a couple of harassed looking parents tried to ‘manage’ their screaming toddler is was yelling till his face turns violet that HE WANTS AN ICE .. (Parenting)

You Know Youre a Parent When

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 Tara Cain (July 21, 2008)  Rummaging through my cavernous handbag for my car keys at the end of a day at work I managed to pull out a pirate's eye patch, a mini compass, a pack of crayons and a plastic slinky before I found the keys. It's the mark of being a parent - nothing is actually your own anymore. Your handbag is a holding centre for, well for just about everything - husband's wallet (no complaints there . (Parenting)

Surviving Bedwetting A Parents Guide to Bedwetting Treatment and Solutions

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 Tiffany Blom (July 21, 2008)  The causes of bedwetting in children can be from an imbalance in bladder muscles, a bladder that is too small to hold the amount of urine that they produce, consuming diuretic medication (a substance that directly increases urine output) such as cola or chocolate, making more urine due to a chronic illness such as diabetes, hormone imbalance, or simply from genetics. Boys are more .. (Parenting)

How to Help the Man in Your Life With His Fathers Rights Issues

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 Dennis Gac (July 21, 2008)  Does your Boyfriend/Fiancé/Son/Grandson seem to have his life together in every way except for his custody and child support issues? Has it become increasingly difficult for him to make any headway in his case? Has he become more hopeless in his quest to get fair treatment by the courts and from his “X"? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, the situation is not .. (Parenting)

Not Now Doesnt Mean Never Parent Expectations in the Context of Child Development

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 Nicole Beurkens (July 21, 2008)  My husband and I had three sons when our daughter joined our family. I was thrilled with the idea of finally being able to put one of my children in dresses, buy cute little shoes, and do her hair. After three boys, it was time for me to have another female in the house to share my love of all things girly! When she was tiny, I was easily able to put cute little things in her hair and .. (Parenting)

Adoption and the Law of Gestation

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 Karilyn Barnett (July 21, 2008)  The Law of Gestation states that every physical seed has a given gestation or incubation period. Our ideas are seeds of a spiritual nature and they too have a given gestation time before they are brought into the physical world. Sometimes in life we have great ideas and without much thought or effort, we are able to bring them to life. Other times though, our ideas seem to take much .. (Parenting)

Australian Nannies Set to Rise to the Top!

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 Rachel Ogg (July 20, 2008)  In the Autumn of 2008 recent changes to the UK immigration system will come into place. These changes see the abolishment of the Working Holiday Visa, which for the last few years has been the visa of choice for many Commonwealth citizens travelling to the UK. The Working Holiday Visa was established as a reciprocal arrangement between the UK and other Commonwealth countries such as .. (Parenting)

Do People Spend Time With Their Children?

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 Zaaida Bey (July 20, 2008)  Currently, in the United States, we have a problem. A great number of people do not know how to become parents. Some of these people do not spend quality time with their children. What I mean by quality time is spending time doing different activities outside or inside the house. Moreover, spending time teaching children on how to become good citizens to their country. A good citizen is . (Parenting)

Childrens Furniture, Toys, Or Crafts

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 Byron Pulsifer (July 20, 2008)  Dad made this for me. Mom made this for me. Has anyone of your children been able to say that mom or dad made them furniture, or a toy or a craft item? Or, is everything in your child's room purchased from a store, or made for them by someone else? One of the greatest gifts, and a gift that outlasts any other, is one that is made by a mom or dad. There is something more than special .. (Parenting)




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