Adolescents

Adolescence is upon you. Help your preteen through this sometimes rouh patch in their growth and development.

Public Manners

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Situation: When we’re out in public my son seems to forget all the good manners he routinely uses at home. If we run into someone I know he won’t even […]

When a Child is Caught Stealing

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Situation: Money has been disappearing from my wallet, and my daughter is suddenly buying things that she couldn’t possibly afford on her own. I suspect that she’s been taking the […]

Casual Remarks

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

It’s a curious affliction: the tendency to talk about one’s children in the most brutally honest and hurtful ways without realizing that the cherished subjects of the offensive comments are […]

I’m Sitting Up Front!

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

It’s a common situation, all over the country. Who gets to sit in the front seat on the way to school? “It’s my turn! He got to yesterday!” whines Jessica. […]

Reclaiming Play: Helping Children Learn and Thrive in School

February 12th, 2013 posted by Nancy Carlsson-Paige

by Nancy Carlsson-Paige Child development theorists, researchers, and educators have long known that play is one of children’s most valuable resources, vital to their social, emotional, and cognitive growth. Through […]

When a Child Steals

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

by Elizabeth Pantley Q: I’m in shock! My child was caught shoplifting! She’s a good kid, so I’m really puzzled. What should I do? A: Many children will steal something […]

Children Should Take Responsibility for Decreasing TV Viewing

February 12th, 2013 posted by Growing Up

Getting children to decrease the amount of time they watch TV is not often easy, but researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Mississippi say encouraging children to […]

Kicking the Computer Game Habit

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Question My child spends too much time playing computer and video games. He’s so passionate about these games, that when I suggest he’s overdoing it he gets angry with me. […]

Simple Mommy Secrets to Choosing the Right Chores for Kids

February 12th, 2013 posted by Dr. Michele Borba

by Dr. Michele Borba Several years ago I learned a Mommy Secret from my girlfriend about kids’ chores that I’ve never forgot. Cindy and I were busy chatting away when […]

When Children Lie

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Question: I’ve been catching my child in small lies, of the “I didn’t do it” variety. How can I stop this behavior before it starts to escalate? Think about it […]

Clean Your Room!

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Question: My child’s bedroom looks like it’s been put through a blender! I can’t see the carpet, and to walk through the room I have to dodge clothes, toys, and […]

So Little Time

February 12th, 2013 posted by Megan Hartmann

by Megan Hartmann “Ring, Ring,” it was the phone call that would change my life forever. My mom went over to answer and began to talk. An instant sinking feeling […]

When Your Child is the Bully: Five Important Issues to Address

February 12th, 2013 posted by Derek Randel

“The phone rang one night last week and it was Mr. Scott, my son’s math teacher. He was informing me that my son, Ben, was hitting other students and even […]

Crosstown Friends

February 12th, 2013 posted by June Solnit Sale, Kit Kollenberg, and Ellen Melinkoff

By June Solnit Sale, Kit Kollenberg, and Ellen Melinkoff Many parents would attest to a new variation on Murphy’s Law: Your child will bond with the classmate who lives farthest […]

Kids and Divorce

February 12th, 2013 posted by Jill Curtis

It is sad, but still a fact, that our children are being touched by the shadow of divorce. Even if they are not among the growing number of families split […]

Standing Together: A Parenting Success Story

February 12th, 2013 posted by Ron Huxley

A Parenting Success Story “There he is again, sitting in front of that Nintendo machine. Didn’t I just tell him to go do his homework?” said the mother, her arm […]

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude with Your Kids

February 12th, 2013 posted by Jeff Westover

Jerry Seinfeld once recorded a hilarious routine about Halloween as a kid. “Let me see if I get this straight, all I have to do is dress up weird and […]

Making Moving Easier for Your Child

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Question: We’re planning a move and want it to go smoothly for our child. What ways can we soften the blow of this major transition? Assume the Best Most children […]

Stop Picking Your Nose!

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

Question: This is embarrassing to talk about, but it’s an annoying habit. My child picks his nose. I don’t even want to tell you what he does with the stuff […]

“Mom, Am I Fat?” Conversations That Could Save Your Child’s Life

February 12th, 2013 posted by Abigail H. Natenshon MA, LCSW

by Abigail H. Natenshon MA, LCSW Your child’s room is strewn with clothing as she searches desperately for something to wear that “looks decent.” As the piles become heaps, still […]

Dog Doo To Do

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

“Dad! I’m home!” Melody announced her arrival from school in the typical way. “Where are you?’ “In my office, Mel,” Kevin answered. She ambled in, knowing she’d get a hug, […]

Middle School Blues

February 12th, 2013 posted by Colleen Langenfeld

Are you singing the Middle School Blues? If you have a son or daughter in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade, you know what I am talking about! The middle […]

Surviving Little League

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

“Woo hoo! You can do it!” A clapping parent yells out their encouragement to the awkward seven-year old standing at home plate. His stance looks uncomfortable, his arms crooked and […]

Teaching Kids Their Financial ABC’s

February 12th, 2013 posted by Julie Kletzman

In this article, I will hopefully be passing on vital information to you about teaching your children good money management skills. In the process, of course, you too will hopefully […]

Don’t Call Me Dude

February 12th, 2013 posted by Julie DiNapoli

My friend recently commented on the heavy demands of motherhood and as I listened, I wholeheartedly agreed. No truer words had ever been spoken. She declared, “If mama ain’t happy, […]

My Kid, The Lawyer Wannabe

February 12th, 2013 posted by Elizabeth Pantley

She opened with a question. “Mom! What are we having for dinner?” “Well, hello to you, too, honey,” Judy said with a chuckle, leaning over to press a kiss on […]

Talking To Children About Violence

February 12th, 2013 posted by Ron Huxley

Violence in society is a major issue for families today. It’s everywhere we look, it seems, and as a parent it disturbs me deeply. Part of the job of parenting […]

Teaching Your Child the ABC’s of Money

February 12th, 2013 posted by IHateFinancialPlanning.com

Aaaarrrrrgh!!*!!*!! Do you scream every time you hear your kids say in that whiney, all-too familiar tone, “I want it, I need it, all the other kids have it.” Do […]

Drug Use: The Tell-Tale Trail

February 12th, 2013 posted by Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Adolescent Drug & Alcohol Abuse: How to Spot It, Stop It, and Get Help for Your Family 23 Signs of Teen Involvement in the Drug Scene by Robert Morton, M.Ed., […]

My Son’s Teacher was a Bully

February 12th, 2013 posted by Patricia Gatto and John De Angelis

When my son was in sixth grade, he came home with a rip in his new sneakers. He told me the gym teacher did it during a sneaker check. It […]

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