Parents need to nurture their children’s talents

This baby obviously has rhythm—she’s not just moving…she’s moving in time with the beat.  So, here’s my premise:  At very young ages, kids really begin to show their personalities, talents and traits.  Your job as parents is to discover and then nurture these abilities and provide opportunities for them to continue developing.  I don’t know if this child will... 

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Have you laughed with your children lately?

January 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Don’t you just love to hear a baby laugh?  When Alex was young, I called his giggling, chuckling and laughing, “Music to my ears.”  I decided that I didn’t want a day to go by without my hearing him laugh.  So, in a rare day when I couldn’t recall the laughter, I would tickle him at bedtime.  Just so that I could again hear that…Music to my ears. What about... 

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Parenting is more effective when you don’t laugh at your child’s behavior

January 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Discipline, Family, Parenting

  We can all appreciate how cute and funny it is to hear this little girl say she’s “going to kick his (monster’s) ass.”  What is not so funny is that she is being given a double message by her mother.  Her mother is laughing while telling her, “That’s not nice.”  Which do you think will have more impact…words or laughter?  I know kids say lots of... 

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Addiction to Video Games is Hazardous to Your Children’s Health!

January 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting, Teenagers/Tweens

Addiction to video games and the excessive use of video games was posted on CNN Health Chat today: Here’s what the article had to say about “addiction to video games”: When it comes to playing video games, it seems moderation is important to a child’s mental health. A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds excessive gaming may lead to depression, anxiety,... 

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Crying may be a sign of overload in children

Dear Dr. Vicki: I have two children a 6 year old and a two year old. The 6 year old seems to cry for anything. He cries when he has to do his homework, when he has to take a shower, etc. I sometimes think he is crying because he sees my 2 year old cry. Why do children cry often like mine? I don’t understand. He doesn’t listen. Even his Kinder teacher is having problems with him doing his... 

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Should Children Remember to Brush Their Teeth?

Group toothbrushing? Well, teenagers do like doing things in groups! Dear Dr. Vicki : When do kids start brushing their teeth without reminders?? Dr. Vicki’s response: This is a very common parenting question…which should tell you something.  There are some things that it seems many children needs reminders way into their teens. Here are my top 5 grooming reminders:  Brush teeth; brush hair;... 

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Should Parents Tolerate Teenage Sarcasm?

"Ahhhh, duh!" Dear Dr. Vicki:  How do I cut through what appears to be 14 year old hormonal sarcasm? Dr. Vicki’s response:  With teenagers, the best thing to do with sarcasm is to ignore it.  Second best thing to do it ignore it.  Do you want to hear the next one? Seriously, particularly at this age, it is so important to pick and choose your battles.  In the big scheme of things,... 

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Parents Dealing with Teenage Behavior

How much do you like playing tug of war?         Dear Dr. Vicki:      I have a 15 yr old daughter, 12 year old son and a 9 month old little girl. My oldest daughter has always been head strong and demanding, so her teenage issues seemed like “typical” stuff. My 12 year old son who was always the laid-back/ helpful, wants to please son is now morphing into a child who is disrespectful,... 

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Advantages of Being Older Parents

January 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Parenting

Dear Dr. Vicki: My husband and I want to have a child; I’m 46 and he’s 49.  Could you please tell us some of the advantages of being older parents? Dr. Vicki’s response:   Congratulations on making the decision to have a child!  Being parents is about the  best experience a loving couple can have together.  As for being an older parent, it may surprise you to know that about... 

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Is Shaming Children ‘Superior’ Parenting?

January 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

                                                        The Wall Street Journal printed a book excerpt from the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother this weekend, suggesting that Chinese mothers are “superior” to Western mothers because Chinese mothers’ solution to “substandard performance” is “always to excoriate,... 

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