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Why Did God Create Girls?

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 Carey Kinsolving (June 21, 2007)  "God created girls so boys don't have to go shopping, " says Mansi, 7. In fact, “Girls are made to spend the money that boys make, " adds Grace Marie, 11. Forget the shopping sprees, says Trent: “God created girls because he knew the men couldn't cook. " You'll get no argument from me. As a bachelor, my married friends wonder how I survive. Sometimes they feel sorry for me . (Parenting)

Consequences of Authoritarian Parenting

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 Margaret Paul, Ph.D. (June 21, 2007)  Do you believe that it is your job as a parent to have control over your children? Do you find yourself trying to control your children in the ways your parents tried to control you, or in the ways you learned from siblings, friends or relatives? Do you hope that through yelling, threatening, shaming, blaming, judging, demanding, spanking, nagging, lecturing, explaining, arguing, and so . (Parenting)

Baby Monitors Provide You with Extra Ears and Eyes

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 Dennis Jaylon (June 21, 2007)  Making a mom’s work of monitoring her newborn easy, baby monitors provide her with some highly handy facilities. It is as if she gets a pair of extra ears; in some cases, a couple of extra eyes! With the help of a small, cute electronic device, she can keep a watch on her baby, though practically she will be away from it. Thus, it provides her with a pair of extra eras. With the .. (Parenting)

Babysitter Checklist - Don't Leave Home Without One

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 Colleen Langenfeld (June 19, 2007)  When you leave your kids with a babysitter do you genuinely enjoy your time away? Maybe I should rephrase that question. When was the last time you actually took some time for your partner and yourself by utilizing the services of a paid babysitter whom you trusted and the kids loved? Or. . . are you simply scared to leave your kids with a sitter? (That's okay. It IS scary the first .. (Parenting)

Are the Kids Driving You Nuts Already?

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 Sheryl Frey (June 19, 2007)  They have only been out of school a short while, but are your kids already driving you nuts? It may be time to call in reinforcements. You may want to finally try a new babysitter to watch the kids a few hours or days a week this summer. Some of the best sitters are still available. There are students from local colleges who are looking for a summer job while on summer break They are .. (Parenting)

Parents - Try Not To be Your Children's Drill Sergeant

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 Rory Sullivan (June 18, 2007)  A parent can be many things to their children - legal defence, doctor, teacher - but one personality we would do well to avoid is the Drill Sergeant. We can be the Drill Sergeant when we come round for living quarters inspection, when we bawl them out for chores that haven't been done, when we take the approach that they need to be “toughened up" for the big bad world. We can be .. (Parenting)

The Wish List - A Blessing For Parents And A Curse For Amazon

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 Rory Sullivan (June 18, 2007)  Do you have a wish list? Get over to Amazon.com and start one right now. It is a most liberating idea. Any time you want to buy something, put it on your wish list. It feels like you've already bought it. You own it, somehow. It must be a curse for Amazon. How many items do people have sitting in their wish list, never going to be bought? But, Amazon can't quit it because those items .. (Parenting)

Tribute to Fathers

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 Marenda Hughes Taylor (June 16, 2007)  My dad died at age 50, July 2002 and since then Father's Day has been bittersweet. Instead of crying this year I have decided to celebrate Father's day by giving props to my dad and all the dads like him. I hope that maybe this will be encouraging and inspiring to fathers, to those that have issues with their fathers, for moms that make it difficult to be fathers, for dads that are .. (Parenting)

The Ultimate Cure for Autism?

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 Sherri Tenpenny, DO (June 16, 2007)  On June 11, 2007, the first of 4,800 autism cases came before the Special Masters in the U. S. Federal Claims Court, referred to as the “Vaccine Court. ” The case of Michelle Cedillo has been chosen as the “test case” to discern whether there is a likely connection between the MMR vaccine, thimerosal and autism. Here is a synopsis of the case: Michelle developed . (Parenting)

Child Care for working parents

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 Christine Groth (June 15, 2007)  We all know what joy babies can prove to be. Watching a baby grow, caring for it and loving it is in itself a wondrous experience. Babies tend to alter your lifestyle completely, especially if it’s your first-born. Often this becomes an issue with working parents who do not have the time a newborn baby requires. Even when your baby becomes slightly older he/she will require your .. (Parenting)

Child care for single parents

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 Christine Groth (June 15, 2007)  Parenting is demanding enough, but parenting all by yourself without the help of a spouse is far more difficult. Single parents technically have double the responsibility any usual parent does. They cannot hand of half of their duties to someone else and hope to relax for a while. Caring for a baby is backbreaking work, thus all single parents look for possible help. Thankfully, a large . (Parenting)

Choosing a Baby Sitter

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 Christine Groth (June 15, 2007)  Like every other parent you too want to protect your children from anything harmful. Becoming a parent comes with its own insecurities and protectiveness is a natural outcome. However, despite our utmost efforts it might not always be possible for us to save our children from everything. This is a crushing thought. But it is true. And the only way of consoling ourselves is by pledging .. (Parenting)

The Children Of The World Are The Responsibility Of Everybody

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 Anja Merret (June 15, 2007)  Sometimes a single image reflects a view of mankind that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes. I had occasion to look again at the photograph taken by Huynh Cong Ut, now better known as Nick Ut. This photo won him a Pulitzer Prize and may be viewed on widipedia under the photographer's name. It shows a terrified little 9 year old girl running towards the camera to flee a South . (Parenting)

Father's Day Holiday - 10 Commandments For An Absentee Father

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 Priscilla Parham (June 14, 2007)  The look of the family has changed over the last few decades. Old stereotypes of “broken homes" are slowly falling away. With statistics stating that half of all marriages end in divorce, fathers are looking for new ways to bond, to manage their families. With that in mind, here are 10 Commandments for an Absentee Father. Thou Shalt Keep in Touch. - We are not talking about .. (Parenting)

Parents - It's Not All About The Children

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  I seriously considered gluing a leaf the other day. Bethy picked a leaf on a walk and just as we were nearing our gate she ripped it in half. "I think you can mend this, " she said, holding the two halves side by side, “I'm just putting them together. " And, just for a moment. . . Because, as a parent, we'd do anything for our children, wouldn't we? Not if you value your .. (Parenting)

A Parent's Absence - There Is No Easy Answer

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  Absence does not make the heart grow fonder. Equally, out of sight is not out of mind. However, if we are frequently out of the house before our children get up, and home after they have gone to bed, or if our job routinely takes us away from the family home for days, weeks or months, we cannot be surprised if our children react negatively or - and not to be unnecessarily melodramatic .. (Parenting)

The Most Common Parenting Mistake Of All

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 Andrea Flint (June 14, 2007)  Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, is an exciting but scary experience. You'll be entering a whole new world where different rules apply, and no matter how prepared you think you are, there's usually little you've experienced before which you can draw on when making the choices and snap decisions that will become a major part of your life once the little one arrives. .. (Parenting)

Say It With A Word - Better For Both Parent And Child

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  "Door!" The fading pitter-patter of feet skidded to a halt. There was a moment of hesitation, then the sound of approaching feet and Beth reappeared at the bathroom door. She grabbed the handle and pulled it shut. Why Use A Whole Paragraph When Only One Word Will Do Less is more. Using only one word can be more effective than a long sermon - so it is better for both parent and child. .. (Parenting)

There Is Always A Second Chance

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  Parents don't always get it right with their children. I know that's a shocker, but there it is. The good news is, you can always go back and try again. There is a wonderful article over at Husbandhood 1 that illustrates this point: All of us get another chance. Saying Sorry May Not Always Be Necessary relates a father's efforts to get his daughter to say sorry after hurting her .. (Parenting)

Leverage - Great Against Al Capone, Not So Great Against Children

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  Leverage is the term used for “putting the squeeze" on your children. Finding their pressure points - the things that they particularly enjoy - and then using those to get the kid to do as they are told. “Better put your peejays on, or the teddy gets it!" Leverage - Parenting The Chicago Way Leveraging children - sometimes referred to as finding out what “currency" .. (Parenting)

Parents - Never Threaten Your Child With Abandonment

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  1 - The number-one fear among all people is rejection. 2 - The number-one need among all people is acceptance. Dr Phillip C McGraw A child's greatest fear is of being unloved and abandoned by his parents. Dr Haim G Ginott Right! That's it! I'm going now! Bye-bye! A million-and-one parents throughout the world when their child doesn't want to leave the playground. It might seem .. (Parenting)

The Secret To Successful Parenting - Make Yourself Dispensable

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  Successful parenting is that which frees you from worry, stress, anxiety, and warfare in the home. It frees you from antagonism as far as is humanly possible. It produces children that are peaceful and happy, secure in their self-worth, heading towards an adulthood relatively free from the insecurities that plague so many today. Is that too much to ask? It may seem like it. But, the .. (Parenting)

Shocking News - Dr Haim Ginott Never Had Any Children!

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 Rory Sullivan (June 14, 2007)  There seems to be a certain delight in a reporter's voice when they declare that Haim Ginott himself was not a father. Take this as an example: My mother had [Between Parent & Child] when I was little. She recently told me she tried using Ginott’s method of “caring communication”: She said, “I feel upset when I see you hitting your brother, ” and I .. (Parenting)

Giving Birth to Higher Life Forms

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 Sally Edwards (June 13, 2007)  I’m looking at my two teenage boys sitting on the sofa as they watch reruns of “The Daily Show”. At ages 14 and 15, respectively, they are both gaining height as rapidly as I gain width from mid-life bulge. . Steven is a natural talker, a natural laugher, a definite people person. Brendan at 15, is so highly intelligent that his innocent questions in the car at age .. (Parenting)

Karma, Past Lives & Reincarnation - Talking About it With Your Kids

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 Scott Petullo (June 13, 2007)  First, let’s define karma. Karma is energy, intent, and action. It’s put into motion in the present and you feel the effects now of the karma you’ve created during many, many, many past lifetimes. Karma is a spiritual law that affects everyone, just as gravity is a physical law that affects everyone. It’s not something you can change immediately, just as you .. (Parenting)

The Community Carnival (Humor)

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 Sally Haas (June 13, 2007)  I no longer believe in the community carnivals. How could this have happened? What’s becoming of me? Am I American? Am I even human? The community carnival is a summertime legend that causes the senses to dive into a pool of sensory delight. Without even closing the eyes, it is easy to conjure up the smell of fresh popcorn, cotton candy and a full neighborhood sweat that lingers .. (Parenting)

Parental Internet Safety Tips

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 Kelly Liyakasa (June 12, 2007)  Like most families in 2007, your family probably has at least one computer in the home, if not more. Many children and teens have workloads in school that require excessive PC-usage. Alright, so even if your kids use the World Wide Web for chatting and downloading games, they still need to be protected. There are plenty of parental internet control software options available to .. (Parenting)

3 Ways to Get Your Kids to Pick Up After Themselves

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 Lily Morgan (June 10, 2007)  Do you know that feeling, the antsy one that comes from seeing every single one of your child’s toys all over the room? If yes, then you are not alone. Since the beginning of time – or at least since children have had their own rooms - parents have tried and failed to get their offspring to put away their toys. The good news is that you can get your child to pick up after .. (Parenting)

Fun in the Sun, Safety in the Sea

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  It seems that when June rolls around, children are drawn automatically to water. Whether it is a pool, lake or ocean, kids and adults alike spend their days waterside, keeping cool and having fun. While this can be a great way to spend those sweltering summer days, safety should not be ignored. Drowning is one of the biggest summer risks for children 14 and under. Children can drown in . (Parenting)

Harvest Couch Potatoes- Keeping Kids Active in Summer

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  Picture this: it’s June. Neither you nor your kids can believe another school year has slipped by. The tests have been passed and the summer reading lists have been issued. They are given a whole two months to do whatever they so choose. Now what? When kids have nothing to do, they don’t often work very hard to find something. Usually settling square-eyed in front of the TV .. (Parenting)

Making Homework Managable

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  Homework: it is a dirty word to kids. Long hours have already been spent learning, reading and doing written work in school and now this. One of the biggest helps in ensuring that your child gets through the homework process with relative ease is by making it part of the routine. You need to first have reasonable expectations for your children. If you expect them to finish all the work . (Parenting)

Playing the Game of Sportsmanship

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  So often in this country we are faced with a “winning is everything” attitude. Children are influenced by the media and professional athletes who put more stock in winning than being a good sport. What’s worse is that sometimes parents can be worse than their kids, arguing with referees or coaches about a bad call at a little league game is not only embarrassing to the . (Parenting)

Knowledge- The Best Defense Against Bullies

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  It is a fair assumption to say that bullies have existed in every school throughout history. Bullying can make school a nightmare for some kids. How do you know if your child is being bullied? It is not something they will often approach a parent or adult about when it happens, so you need to give your child the knowledge and tactics necessary to avoid bullying or put it to an end when .. (Parenting)

Maturity Through Accountability

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  An important part of growing up and maturing is learning how to handle responsibility. Holding your children accountable for things like doing chores around the house, keeping up their grades and making good decisions plays a crucial role in their development into mature young adults. You can start holding your children accountable for things at a young age by starting with something .. (Parenting)

Appreciating Good Behavior

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 Solomon Brenner (June 10, 2007)  Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Whether it is a simple thank you for an act of kindness or a prestigious award for service to the community, the acknowledgment for a job well done motivates us to continue doing these good things. We should remember how being appreciated makes us feel when dealing with our children. Sometimes we are so quick to point out what a child failed to do .. (Parenting)

Good Parenting Skills Can Be Learned

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 Jon Arnold (June 10, 2007)  We all want to be good parents and learn good parenting skills. Parenting is a full time job, and sometimes it may seem like MORE than a full time job, but when it gets down to it, we have to acknowledge that as parents, we are going to make mistakes. But one of the keys to good parenting is to recognize those mistakes, accept the mistakes, and learn from the mistakes for the next time. . (Parenting)

Adoption - Making Sure Youre Ready

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 Wade Robins (June 10, 2007)  Adopting a child of any age is a very difficult, long process, and it should be an equally well-thought-out personal consideration - whether you will be a single parent, want to adopt a child outside of your native country, or are already in a marriage with your biological children. Here are some of the things you will need to ponder to be able to make a fully informed, satisfying .. (Parenting)

Parenting and Divorce- Five Graceful Actions To Ease the Way for Your Kids

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 Ellen Mossman-Glazer (June 10, 2007)  Most divorced parents try very hard to do everything right with their kids. However, the very emotional politics that come with divorced parenting can unintentionally draw the kids onto a battle ground. Following these will be a gift to your kids. 1. Be appropriately interested in your child's life with your ex. Do not be stone silent when Dad's or Mom's name comes up. If you take a .. (Parenting)

Anger Management

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 Lill Hawkins (June 08, 2007)  I'm not angry. Okay, so maybe I'm a little irritated, but who wouldn't be? I have three ADHD people trying to drive me insane and they've gotten so close that the car is in the driveway with the motor running. They seem to have spent the weekend eating, drinking and changing their clothes. On Saturday morning, when I walked out into the kitchen, there were two empty pizza boxes, dirty .. (Parenting)

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

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 Lill Hawkins (June 08, 2007)  I'm all set. I have a snow shovel in the car. There's a butterfly net in the upstairs bathroom. Cinnamon is on sale at Marden's, so I can pick up enough to cover my computer desktop and the floor under it, and the pet food is now in snake-proof plastic containers out in the mudroom. Yup, it's June in Maine for sure. I'm not saying that it couldn't snow in June here, but that's not why .. (Parenting)

Developing A Good Relationship With The Babysitter

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 Allan Wilson (June 07, 2007)  The definition of the babysitter goes like the care of the child in the place of the child’s guardians or the parents who are capable enough to take care. But with the insufficient amount of time and their work load in the office makes it inevitable to continue the work at home and thus provide the baby with a babysitter and lessen the work of their parents. Thus it keeps them .. (Parenting)

Congratulations

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 Carine Nadel (June 07, 2007)  June means summer is approaching. Along with new season many young people are graduating from High School and College, therefore starting new lives. I'm going to pare this vast group down to a single graduate-our son Adam. He's about to receive his Bachelor's degree from University of California, Irvine. While I've written about our wonderful daughter on many occasions-Adam has .. (Parenting)




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