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Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. 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

Ten Terrific Reasons NOT to Put a TV in Your Child’s Bedroom

Ten Terrific Reasons NOT to Put a TV in Your Child’s Bedroom

Need incentive to remove the TV from your child’s bedroom? You’ll find it here.
The TV is a stranger in your child’s bedroom influencing, guiding, directing, and causing the Great Family Disconnect. There is NO good reason not to GET IT OUT OF THERE, NOW! Continue reading

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

Jason Roberts listened to his son’s explanation of the missing cookies and then called him a liar. Brenda Taylor thought her three-year-old’s lies were cute, so she ignored them. Yee Chen told her daughter that if she told the truth this time, she would let it go. This article discusses ways to help your children develop truth telling as a virtue. Continue reading

Helping Your Child Make Smooth Transitions

Helping Your Child Make Smooth Transitions

It takes time for a parent to create conditions conducive to producing readiness for a smooth transition. It takes time for a child to get used to and embrace a new situation. It takes time for a parent to tune into and respond effectively to a child’s positive and negative reactions to the change. To smooth the transition time for your child, take the time to read and consider the five steps to effective transitions. Continue reading

The Ten Worst Things to Say to Your Child

The Ten Worst Things to Say to Your Child

The style of Parent Talk and the words we use to communicate are critically important to the self-esteem, emotional health, and personal empowerment of our children. There is an undeniable link between the words we use and the attitudes and outcomes those words create in our children’s lives. Words can empower and words can wound. They can nurture or shame, encourage or scold, uplift or bring down. Continue reading

Spoiling Children: A Look at Seven Common Myths

Spoiling Children: A Look at Seven Common Myths

Sometimes myths are just that – myths. And that may include the concept of “spoiling” children. This article includes some interesting professional observations about this topic from the vantage point of child development, parenting techniques and useful tools. Continue reading

Affirming Your Child’s Voice: How and When to Encourage Your Child to Speak Up

Affirming Your Child’s Voice: How and When to Encourage Your Child to Speak Up

We want our children to be creative thinkers and share their ideas. Yet, we don’t always applaud when they publicly state opinions about school rules or challenge a teacher’s grading system. We want our teens to start thinking for themselves, but we often chastise them when those thoughts reveal beliefs that are contrary to our family morals or societal norms. Continue reading

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