The Problems with Parenting

January 22, 2011 by  
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The Problems with Parenting

One of the biggest problems with parenting is that it’s one ginormous paradox! A paradox, an irony, a total contradiction every step of the way! You know what I’m talking about… Being a parent is the best, most rewarding experience in the whole wide world. It’s also the toughest, most unappreciated experience in the whole wide world. That’s one of the problems with parenting.  It can bring... 

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Change your child’s behavior

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

Having fun learning good habits

Here’s what Dr. Vicki, The Parenting Expert, has to say: This YouTube video has some great points, and I am frustrated that they call these suggestions “sneaky strategies.”  I don’t think they are sneaky at all…but rather good, effective ways of interacting and parenting your children!  However, as a child psychologist, I am totally opposed to one of their suggestions:... 

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Teenager Talks–Will Parents Listen?

Anna

The Shine User post: Parenting — Things every parent needs to hear from a teen’s point of view by Anna, on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:58pm PST Hello, my name is Anna, and I’m a teen. Every week I see posts on here about parenting, and how to “deal” with teens. The problem is that these posts are all written by adults. I’m not saying that they don’t know what they’re... 

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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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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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Parents Want to be Better Parents in 2011

January 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Parenting Resolutions for the New Year Kids are From Krypton, Parents are from Pluto:  Radio Series Update:  January 6, 2011 With the start of the New Year, I have had many parents voice a desire to be a better parent in this New Year of 2011.  What do I say?  I tell them that they are already good parents!  If they weren’t, they wouldn’t care about doing it better! So, to help... 

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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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Ways to Change Your Children’s Behavior

January 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

This YouTube video has some great points, and I am frustrated that they call these suggestions “sneaky strategies.”  I don’t think they are sneaky at all…but rather good, effective ways of interacting and parenting your children!  However, as a child psychologist, I am totally opposed to one of their suggestions: the use of ‘reverse psychology.’ Basically, when... 

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