Teenage Sexting: A Language All Its Own

Teenage sexting

 Following my blog on Teenage Sexting, I have had numerous requests from parents for acronyms to BOLO—Be On the Lookout. Your teens and tweens have a new language all their own, in the form of symbols and abbreviations that they are constantly texting to one another. As a parent, it’s important for you to become savvy to the kinds of messages that may be a cause for alarm. After searching... 

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Parenting and Passion…Not Mutually Exclusive (Part 2)

Making time for each other

Making time for each other You plan everything else in your day—when to get up, take the kids to school, doctor’s appt, hair appt (what’s that?), grocery shopping, cooking, homework time, nap time, sports practices….  Are these all important?  You bet! You also plan family fun activities, like going to the zoo, the park, a movie, play dates, trips, etc.  Are these all important? ... 

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Passionate Partners make Better Parents

Making time for each other

Your kids learn how to love by watching you love each other Valentine’s Day is upon us—the one day a year we are supposed to profess our love for our mate. One day a year? What are the other 364 days for? Well, I’ll tell you what they are for… Lots of affection, intimacy and passion! So, why is a child psychologist giving marital advice? Because over the past 25 years, I have worked... 

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas

January 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

New Year's Resolution Ideas

Of all the new year’s resolution ideas out there, the one I like the most is the idea of taking responsibility for how this year will unfold. I believe that each year is a new chapter in the book of Opportunity. Now that the new year has begun…today, and every day, is a chance to write in the book of Opportunity and fill in the blank pages with your own words—of ideas, dreams, goals and emotions.... 

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Preventing Childhood Abductions

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Childhood abductions

Childhood abductions are being reported more and more on the evening news, and the terrifying prospect of abduction fills the minds of parents across the country. But it’s important to remember that the majority of children will pass through childhood safely. One of the challenges of being a parent is to teach your children to be cautious without filling them with too much fear or anxiety. Although... 

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Gratitude is an Attitude

November 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

Gratitude is an attitude

Gratitude is an attitude…each and every day! You are a parent.  And no matter how tough it gets, or how hard it may be to raise your kids, at the end of the day you are still a parent.  Would you trade that for the world?  Sometimes it takes a day like Thanksgiving to compel us to stop, give thanks for what we have and remind ourselves that gratitude is an attitude.  This is not a day to... 

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Smartphone Pictures Pose Privacy Risks

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

smartphone pictures

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

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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