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September, 2011

To discipline effectively, know your child . . .

Knowing your child while he or she is growing is important as you practice parenting. Each child is his or her own little being, and each child will go through developmental stages differently. Effectively providing discipline will be easier if you keep this in mind. For example, toddlers throw tantrums and refuse to share toys, …Continue reading

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Food colorings and hyperactivity . . .

In March 2011, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel concluded that not enough evidence exists to prove that artificial food colorings contribute to hyperactivity, distractibility, and other behavioral concerns exhibited by children. The panel did conclude, though, that certain children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be unique and vulnerable to …Continue reading

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State your expectations clearly . . .

Children are much more likely to follow through on your expectations when your requests are stated clearly. Actually, we all are more likely to follow through on expectations that are clearly stated. Here are some thoughts about being clear: Watch your timing. Most of our expectations and directives are not emergencies, so it is important …Continue reading

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