Smartphone Pictures Pose Privacy Risks

July 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Smartphone pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded could be leaking location information, and placing your children in potential danger! This is the scary information that this NBC news video about smartphone pictures reveals. UMKC computer science Professor Deep Medhi explained that when you send smartphone pictures, they leave a high-tech invisible trail using the same geo-tracking technology... 

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Help! My son’s becoming an Internet Kid!

Internet kid

Internet kid is the term I give to any child who is turning to the Internet more and more for social interaction, information and entertainment.  That sums up many of the kids of today.  But what to do when this reliance on the Internet becomes a substitution for parenting?  Here’s one mom’s dilemma and my advice about her Internet kid: Dear Dr. Vicki:  I am a single mom of 2 boys... 

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Summer Jobs for Kids

June 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Education, Family, Parenting

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Summer jobs for kids are in big demand now that school is out and summer looms ahead. Sarah Cook, Founder of Raising CEO Kids, recently hosted a webinar offering over 50 ideas, tips and strategies for kids to do this summer to make money. Not only that, but Sarah has seen 100’s of children and teens turn their summer jobs for kids into their own businesses…in some cases making six-figure incomes... 

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Problems of Children with Working Parents: Oprah’s Solution

June 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Children with working parents have a big problem, according to Oprah. They have parents who “are so fixated on their 9-5 jobs that they’ve lost focus of their 5 pm-9 am jobs—their families.” Oprah’s solution is to create another TV program, this time called, “Kidnapped by the Kids.” This show is about, “Kids confronting their parents,” and letting... 

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Sibling Rivalries–One Mother’s Solution

June 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

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Sibling rivalries are driving many parents stark raving mad!  Can’t they ever get along?  Well, I would like to share this wonderful article by Tina Nocera,  my dear friend and the brains behind parentalwisdom.com, for which I am an advisor.  Tina is a mother who is known for her outside-the-box thinking.  Here’s her solution to the age-old problem of sibling rivalries:   A Solution... 

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Girl Tomboy or Boy Wannabe?

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The Girl Tomboy vs. Gender Identity Crisis is the subject of an article in the May 30, 2011 edition of OK! Magazine. Specifically, the boyish appearance of Shiloh Pitt, the daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt  is once again being scrutinized. I bring up this issue not only because I happen to be their featured expert, but also because the issue is making the news lately. Chastity Bono, the daughter... 

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New Gun Law in Florida Might Land Me in Jail!

Gun Law in Florida

An anticipated new Gun Law in Florida might just land me in jail!  While it is presently setting its sights on medical doctors, particularly pediatricians, it’s only a matter of time before other child specialists, like myself, will be targeted, as well. A law passed by the Florida legislature and likely to be signed by Republican Governor Rick Scott would make it a crime for doctors to counsel... 

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Teenage Sexting

Teenage Sexting

What is Teenage Sexting? Teenage Sexting occurs when a teen takes a flirtatious, nude, semi-nude or otherwise sexually revealing picture of him or herself and sends it to others via cell phone or other means of texting device.  Commonsense.org has created a handout about this important topic.  This blog shares excerpts from that handout, “Common Sense on Talking About ‘Sexting.'” While... 

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Etiquette for Children—Top 5 Tips

May 14, 2011 by  
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Etiquette for Children

I recently read a blog about teaching Etiquette for Children that I would like to share. I feel that etiquette, or manners, has dwindled over the last many years by adults and kids, alike. However, I think that being polite, greeting people appropriately and making a good first impression are all still very important to not only teach our kids, but continue to model ourselves. “5 Simple Etiquette... 

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Help! My ex has a new girlfriend and she’s trying to take my place!

March 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Parenting

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 Dear Dr. Vicki: My ex has a new girlfriend and I need to know if she is crossing the line or if I’m overreacting.  There are truly no feelings left between my daughter’s father and I. His now live-in girlfriend goes out of her way to do little things to spite me– removing my daughter’s nail polish that I did and repainting it a new color, telling me she now understands motherly love,... 

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