Snooping around in your kids’ stuff

October 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Parenting

reading diary

Dear Dr. Vicki: I had a question: I hear it’s bad to snoop. But if snooping is not the way to get information from or about your children, what is the acceptable way to get information from or about them? Cell phones, book bags, bedrooms? Dr. Vicki’s response:  Snooping is an invasion of privacy, and conveys a total lack of trust in your child. If, in fact, she has given you REASON to be distrustful... 

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Halloween Etiquette

October 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto radio series update Oct. 28:Are there really etiquette rules pertaining to Halloween? That sounds like an oxymoron! Actually, there are ways that kids need to conduct themselves, as well as things parents can do to be in the know. Kids’ behaviors have to do with courtesy and respect for others and the property of others, as well as safety. This doesn’t... 

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How many teens does it take to change a light bulb??

October 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting, Teenagers/Tweens

light bulb teens

That was the question I posted on Facebook and Twitter. And what started out as a joke, turned into a very interesting set of responses and conversation. Belinda’s response: One, he holds the light bulb and expects the world to revolve around him. That was what I was going to say. So, then I offered these two: 12—they always travel in groups; and, “Huh?” Levi’s idea: None they know if they... 

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Things that go bump in the night!

October 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

trick or treat 2

Kids Are From Krypton parents Are From Pluto Radio update Oct. 21: When kids come to my door and say, “Trick or Treat?” I respond,  “TRICK!”  They give me a puzzled look until I explain that I pick ‘trick.’  This little twist in the tale has prompted some great creativity on the part of my little ghouls and goblins.  One girl did a cartwheel on my lawn, while another wiggled her nose. ... 

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High Chair vs. Booster

crying in high chair

"Get me out of here!" Dear Dr. Vicki: A question arose in my house this week, and wanted your thoughts… our 9-month old is a great and easy kid. The last few days, he fights us when we try to put him in to his high-chair to feed him. He arches his back and squirms like crazy. We know he’s hungry, and once we get him buckled in, he settles down, and eats well, doesn’t complain... 

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Getting Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms

October 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

messy room

"Clean up your room!" Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Oct. 14: There are so many life skills your children can develop in the sheer act of cleaning their rooms. These skills include: doing something even when you don’t want to, responsibility, respect for and care of possessions, organization, respect for self, creating order out of chaos, cleaning skills, cooperation,... 

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Staying Connected in Changing Times

October 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Your kids' new social life

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio Series update Oct. 7: Why is it that kids today can’t seem to make their beds…but they can make a website?  How come they can barely speak English, but learned text-speak in a snap?  Want to know what I think?  I think they’re mutants—yes, mutants!  This generation has been given an extra gene.  They have DNA and RNA like the rest... 

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