Family Bed Hurts Child Development

More than two is a crowd! Dear Dr. Vicki: We share a bed with our kids. We have a 7 yrs. old girl, a 3 yrs. old boy and a 1 yr. old boy. What bothers me is that our 3 yrs. old boy exhibits some sexual acts. Is it alright? We make love as discrete as possible but we are not sure if they had seen what we’ve done. Are the scenes such as love making seen by babies will register to their mind unconsciously?... 

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Snooping around in your kids’ stuff

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

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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High Chair vs. Booster

"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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Ask Dr. Vicki: Self Soothing

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki

QUESTION: I recently read an article you wrote about babies and self-soothing. It was sent to me by the mother of my first grandchild. I am a bit concerned about her interpretation of the self soothing techniques you mentioned. Is it necessary for a 10 week old baby to cry for 15 to 20 minutes, multiple times each day to self-sooth? And during these self-soothing times is it advisible to leave the... 

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Over-scheduling Your Child's Activities

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have two children who are interested in a lot of different activities. I want them to do extracurricular activities, but it seems like they are always busy. Is this good for them? Dr. Vicki’s response: As you said, pursuing interests and activities outside of school is very healthy for children to become well-rounded. It is also a way for them to explore various interests,... 

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Changes In Girls and Boys In Puberty

April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Teenagers/Tweens

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have a 10-year-old daughter who is already showing signs of puberty. Is this normal? What should I tell her? Dear Dr. Vicki, Although his friends are starting to develop, my twelve-year old son doesn’t have any signs of body changes yet. How do I explain this to him? Dr. Vicki’s advice: Puberty is an issue with which most parents experience some degree of difficulty. It... 

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Moms Who Feel Like “Desperate Housewives.”

April 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Dear Dr. Vicki, Help! My kids get sick a lot in the winter and I feel trapped. They are bored, whiney, demanding and I just don’t know what to do. I love my kids, but winter is coming and I am dreading being stuck in the house with them. What can I do? Signed: Desperate housewife! Dr. Vicki’s response: You are not alone! There is nothing funny about having to go through a week of dealing... 

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Child Development

Dear Dr. Vicki, I know that there are certain child development stages that all children go through. But what if my child hasn’t reached that stage and her friends the same age have? Dr. Vicki’s advice: I like to think of child development as climbing a staircase, with each step representing a series of tasks to work on and master before going on to the next step. All children climb the... 

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I Feel Like a Broken Record with My Child

April 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have to ask my child 3 or 4 times to do something, at which point, I am angry. For example, my son was playing with his friend’s cell phone in the back of our car. I asked him 3 times to give it back to his friend (knowing the battery was low). By the time he gave it back, the phone was no longer usable as a phone. This is just one example. I feel like a broken record. Dr.... 

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Anger Issues with Your Child

April 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki, Discipline

Dear Dr. Vicki, I have an 11 year old daughter and am trying to help her with “anger management”. So far we have been doing better with talking about it, and (she’s) counting to 10, taking deep breathes, walking away. . . .and I have tried to be calm in responding and then I “ignore” any junk behavior. Then I go on to a “normal” question and she seems to fall... 

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