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January, 2010

Values . . .

Parents can pass on moral values to their kids, but it takes a little thought and energy. Values are passed along based on what kids see and hear and by what they experience in their parent-child relationship. If they see honesty, they learn honesty. If they experience love and respect, they internalize love and respect. …Continue reading

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Siblings in conflict . . .

When siblings are in the throes of a disagreement, it can be easy for parents to feel like either stepping in with a solution or stepping out of the fray entirely. Sibling conflict actually offers parents an opportunity to teach children how to solve problems constructively, and these teachable moments can occur without a parent’s …Continue reading

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Ditching diapers . . .

For many reasons, parents want to believe they can control their child’s toilet training. Some parents feel pressure from friends and family to get started while others simply want a break from smelly laundry and the cost of disposable diapers. However, it is a good idea to think about your motives before starting down the …Continue reading

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Adolescence . . .

Adolescence is a tough developmental stage because during this part of their life kids are pulled in opposite directions. They have one foot still in childhood, with all the dependence of that age, and the other foot in adulthood,  stepping toward independence. Adolescents are given the task of acquiring a sense of individuality while also …Continue reading

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