Nail Biting Basics

Nail biting in all its various forms is problematic behavior beset by peculiarity and contradiction. Technically speaking, the correct word for nail biting is ANONYCHOPHAGIA. Nail biting typically begins between the ages of five and 10 and is common among children as well as adults.... Read More

For School Success, Dont Coddle Your Kids

Parents want their children to succeed in school. However, sometimes their best intentions are misguided. Attempts to provide children with a wonderful life can, in fact, increase the stress of the entire family.One of parents' most common mistakes is to want to make everything easy for their children. It's painful... Read More

Vision: 20/20 Is Not Enough!

Now is an excellent time to have your child's vision checked. Don't be too quick to say, "My child's vision is fine: 20/20!" In many cases that is not enough.The Snellen chart, the instrument most frequently used to test eyesight, often gives people a false sense of security about their... Read More

Book Review: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading was conceived when author Esm Raji Codell was staring at a shriveled potato that was sprouting eyes. She wondered, " . . . if I had a potato, nothing but a potato, how could I teach a classroom full of children? Well,... Read More

Assertiveness: Key to Better Parenting

I have always been aware of my number one weakness: non-assertiveness. But I have come a long way from the time when I couldn't say 'no' to a child molester and not understanding the importance of telling my parents. At my first job after high school, I had the misfortune... Read More

Summer Survival

Summer Survival The summer season is here and along with it comes summer vacation for the school-aged kids. Moms are now responsible for coming up with the ideas and curriculum for their children and I am the first to admit that by the... Read More

If your child is being bullied - 20 top tips for parents

Keith is now in the fourth grade and he dislikes school. For a fourthgrader, this does not sound right. The reason Keith dislikes school thoughdoes not have anything to do with academics. Keith is being bullied beforeschool, at school, and on the school bus. Who can blame him for not... Read More

Boundaries - Why Theyre Needed

Imagine a child who lacks ownership of his own life, has noself-control, and lacks respect for others. If these were the qualities ofyour son, how would you feel for his future wives? Yes, wives is plural, this is one major reason we need to set boundariesfor our children their... Read More

The Benefits of Music Education

Despite serious reductions in funding for arts programs in public schools, there is a great need for studying music. Band, orchestra, and choir all offer students a chance to work together in a social and intellectual group setting and excel at complex tasks. The trick... Read More

New Mom...New Baby...New Debt?

Ah, there is nothing like being an expectant mom. Along with your expanding waistline comes the ever growing list of products for you and your new bundle of joy. Preparing for a new baby can be a costly experience, especially in the areas of clothing and nursery furniture. The good... Read More

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Parenting and Heart Attacks
New York Times (blog)
Private Lives: Personal essays on the news of the world and the news of our lives. “Anything I should know before I go home?” I asked the chief cardiologist, trying not to sound terrified. “Just don't lift stuff over 10 pounds for a few weeks.” “My ...

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The payoff for strict parenting
Washington Post
I bristle when I hear people talking about “helicopter parenting.” Yes, some parents are a little too manic about the success of their children. I was part of a group of mothers once in which one woman was fretting about how far behind her 3-year old ...


Unequal Societies Give an Incentive for Pushy Parenting
New York Times
That is the conclusion of a pair of European economists who set out to study something more nebulous than interest rates or deficit reduction: parenting styles, and specifically the rise of so-called helicopter parenting, a topic endlessly discussed in ...

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A Halloween Parenting Tip
Huffington Post
The first Halloween we ever spent as parents was when our oldest daughter was eight months old. Eight months is that baby age when it is virtually impossible to overcome the temptation to burrow your nose into your baby's neck and inhale all those ...


The hidden economics behind strict parenting
Washington Post (blog)
The rise of helicopter parents like Amy Chua, whose 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" brought attention to an increasingly popular parenting style emphasizing hard work and strict child rearing, could be less of a cultural phenomenon than a ...


Grandparents find themselves parenting once again
Washington Times
The Smallwoods are among the growing number of grandparents and other relatives who are finding themselves parenting the second time around. Kansas has 35,274 children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives, according to the ...

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Five tips to motivate your children to complete their chores
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
So I asked Gregg Murset, a parenting and chore expert, for his best tips to get kids to do chores without complaining or having to ask them over and over again to get jobs done, literally turning chores into a chore for the parent. Here's what he ...


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Can a Better Romantic Relationship Lead to Better Parenting?
PsychCentral.com (blog)
By doing both at once or, more precisely, by letting the positive outcomes of one (relationship fulfillment) lead positive outcomes of the other (good parenting). I know this sounds counter-intuitive. After all, we live in a culture obsessed with ...


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Jennie Garth Talks Co-Parenting With Peter Facinelli: "I Don't Take One Second ...
Us Magazine
These days Jennie Garth is appreciating every moment. Since ending her marriage to Peter Facinelli back in June 2013, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 42, has been co-parenting with her Twilight ex, 40. She visited The Meredith Vieira Show on Wednesday, ...
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Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents ...

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When A Parent Is Deployed

When a parent is deployed with the military it can... Read More

How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation

Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for... Read More

Wholism and Materialism

Perhaps I could make a lot of money by founding... Read More

Building Your Childs Self-Esteem

According to researchers, most children enter school with a good... Read More

Teach Children The Skills Of Optimism

Optimists do better academically, socially and enjoy better health than... Read More

Defrazzle with a Hearty Guffaw

"The best blush to use is laughter: It put roses... Read More

How Do You Find the Best Car Seat to Protect Your Child

Choosing a good car seat for your child's protection is... Read More

Attaboy! Encouraging Phrases That Build Confidence

Home, home on the range, Where never is heard A... Read More

Son, Can I Use The Car Tonight?

I recall somewhere in the recesses of my aging brain... Read More

When Everybody Does It Comes Back to Haunt You

Parental example, whether for good or for bad, is undoubtedly... Read More

Single Parents: Give Yourselves Credit

Single parents are not often thought of as good parents.I... Read More

Clean Kid Syndrome - Does Your Child Suffer from it?

The learning and development of Australian kids is under threat... Read More

The Post-Holiday Blues In Stepfamilies

In stepfamilies, big holiday expectations can lead to big disappointment--and... Read More

Childrens Books And Educational Toys - Can They Still Be Fun And Have Educational Value

It was no contest. Given a choice between a ball... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: 6 Tips for Dealing with Bad Report Cards

One of the basic issues we need to understand is... Read More

Hair Care for Children

Salon visits can be scary experiences for small children: They... Read More

When Parents Disagree

Moms and dads, are there times you think that parenting... Read More

Im a Father, Doesnt Anyone Care?

The snow was getting heavier with each lift of the... Read More

Develop Your Childs Genius: Improving Concentration and Focus

Some people can concentrate on an assignment, to the exclusion... Read More

Navigating in the New World: Parents and Teenagers Growing Together

One of the most prevalent myths of our modern culture... Read More

Book Review: The Ring Bear Depicts Turmoil of Becoming A Stepchild

In "The Ring Bear," a picture book by Tigard resident... Read More

Influencing Adolescents - Guided Democracy

You need to smart to be able influence adolescents. You... Read More

Clean Slates and Fresh Starts

Hope, excitement and anxiety all wrapped up in fresh haircuts... Read More

Raising Kids on a Budget

There are only two ways to get more money:1) Increase... Read More

Home For The Holidays: Is it Time for That Talk?

Just a couple of years ago Annie helped her parents... Read More