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The Five Best and Worst Things You Can Say to Your Children about War and Terrorism

The Five Best and Worst Things You Can Say to Your Children about War and Terrorism

Children worry. They get scared. They have strong feelings about war, terrorism, and death. To tell them they have nothing to worry about is to ask them to numb their feelings, push them down, and pretend they don’t exist. In emotional times, children need support. They need adults in their lives who help them work through their feelings in safe ways.
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Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
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Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Helping Teens Deal with Stress

Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.

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The Importance of Community Support in the Life of a Child

The Importance of Community Support in the Life of a Child

For a child to grow emotionally and intellectually, an expansive body of research suggests that a healthy sense of community plays a vital role. Studies have repeatedly confirmed what people have known by way of common sense all along: children thrive in the presence of loving, reliable relationships with other people. Continue reading

How to Make Your Kids Internet Savvy

How to Make Your Kids Internet Savvy

The common use of the internet has brought new challenges for raising kids. Some parents may just want to ban their child from using the internet, but that can keep kids from learning valuable computer skills. This article encourages parents to teach their child how to be smart when using the internet. It includes how to handle social networking sites, teaching kids about internet strangers and gives ideas for establishing rules when kids use the internet.
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Boundaries – When to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes”

Boundaries – When to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes”

The specifics of setting boundaries will vary from parent to parent and from child to child. The maturity of the child and the value system of the family will influence what the boundaries are. There are some guiding principles, though, that can help parents determine where the boundaries should be. Continue reading

Seven Worst Things To Say During A Divorce

Seven Worst Things To Say During A Divorce

Divorce does not have to be a devastating end to your family. It marks the beginning of a new family for you and your children. Focus on creating a new life together. Show your children how to divorce gracefully by eliminating the seven worst things you can say to them during a divorce. Continue reading

The Current Research on Attention Deficit Disorder

The Current Research on Attention Deficit Disorder

People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept, or aggressive. Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child’s behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
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Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Talking with Your Teen about Your Divorce

Teens experience a lot of worries and anxieties on the best of days, and these feelings will be intensified when they hear about your divorce. Also, you don’t want them to go completely the other way and shut down emotionally as a way of protecting themselves. Talking will allow them to process their feelings and put their thoughts into some kind of context that makes sense. Continue reading

How Children Develop Morality

How Children Develop Morality

Understanding how morality is developed gives parents an advantage when it comes to introducing and teaching life-enhancing principles that will lead to more success for their offspring. While children may be exposed to many influences in their lives, the members of their immediate family remain the most prominent people responsible for developing good moral foundations. Continue reading