parents

Jan
18
Parenting Paragraph – Am I spoiling my baby?

Q: My baby cries a lot and is instantly soothed when I pick her up. My extended family says I’m spoiling her. Am I doing the wrong thing by picking her up?

A:  Great question! The most important thing for you to know as a parent is there is NO …

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Jan
11
Parenting Paragraph – How to discipline my kids

Q:  When I grew up spanking was a common form of discipline but it is taboo now.  Are spankings bad for kids? 

A. Great question!  There is a lot of discussion available online around spanking vs. non-spanking; the goal here is to consider a different perspective.  What changes when you …

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Jan
4
Parenting Paragraph – My son was being tormented

Q: My 11-year old son was being tormented by a couple of girls for half the school year and I didn’t know until the Dean call me. I’m concerned he let it go this long and I didn’t know anything about it, what should I do?

A. Great question! It’s …

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Dec
28
Parenting Paragraph – Raising kids gender neutral

Q:  I am a new parent and want to raise my children without gender specific roles — how do I do that in a world of Barbies and Legos?

A. Great question!  Remember nothing has any meaning until you give it meaning.  If you give a boy Barbies and a …

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Dec
21
Parenting Paragraph – Making Amends

Q. We typically spend Christmas Eve with my parents but our relationship has become very strained, so this year I suggested to my kids we create new traditions.  Since they don’t know how tough it’s been with my parents they want to go to their grandparents.  Do I stay true

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Dec
14
Parenting Paragraph – Controlling video game usage

Q:  My elementary school children want to play videos games the minute they come home from school. I don’t think it’s healthy but believe they deserve a fun activity of their choice after sitting in class all day; do you have suggestions?

A. Great question! It’s easy for people to …

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Dec
7
Parenting Paragraph – Home for the Holidays

Q: Since our children were young, we have traveled to see family for the holidays. Now they are getting older and have started to mention they want to stay home Christmas Day; what should I do?

A. Great question! The real question is what do YOU want to do? Some …

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Nov
30
Parenting Paragraph – Our 4 year old is acting out!

Q. I recently had a new baby and our 4-year old daughter is acting out.  Sometimes I’m afraid she is going to hurt the baby.  What should I do?  

A. Great question! Remember, this is a big transition for your daughter. She has been the  main focus of your attention …

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Nov
24
Parenting Paragraph – My 5 yr old won’t sleep in her own bed!

Q. My daughter is 5 and sleeps in our bed every night. It was fine when she was little but it’s impacting my sleep and my relationship with my husband. She refuses to go to bed in her room; how do I get her to sleep in her own bed?

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Nov
16
Parenting Paragraph – My kids are horrible at restaurants

Q: I can’t get my kids to stay seated in a restaurant!  It disturbs other people because they are so out of control, but I can’t stop them. How do I get them to behave?

A. Great question! Remember you are the parent and you set the standards for behavior …

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