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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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

sibling rivalries

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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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  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

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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Tired of your kids texting and gaming?

Kids Texting

Are your kids texting, gaming and listening to music all the time? Well, a NY mom finally said, “Enough!” and actually unplugged her 3 teenagers for not a day, a week or a month…but for six months! She not only stopped her kids texting, video gaming and iPod listening, but also all Internet, TV and cell phones! Amazing thing started to happen. They started eating meals together, playing cards,... 

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Talking with Kids–Are They Children or Goats?

February 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Parenting

I was on the radio in Trinidad, talking about “talking with kids,” when an indignant listener called in. “I keep hearing you talking about kids…they are not goats, they are children. If you call them kids, you are thinking of them as animals. If you call them children, maybe they will act like children and not animals,” he stated. Now, I’m paraphrasing, and yet his words brought up a very... 

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Everyone is Special

February 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Family, Parenting

everyone is special

I believe that everyone is special in his or her own unique way. Unfortunately, while I may see the specialness in each person, I find that many adults don’t see themselves as being special at all. Here’s a case in point: I was singing in the aisle again. It’s something that I do wherever I am; I move and groove to good music whenever I hear it. This happened to be in the home improvement department... 

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Styles of Parenting: Life&Style: Too Severe

February 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Discipline, Family, Parenting

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This week on newsstands everywhere, Life&Style Weekly enlisted Dr. Vicki as their parenting expert to comment on the styles of parenting of several celeb parents. Styles of Parenting:  Which one do they choose? Madonna Life&Style synopsis: Madonna’s kids aren’t allowed to watch TV or eat ice cream.  And if Lourdes, 14, leaves clothes on the floor, “we put [them] in a bag,... 

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Styles of Parenting: Life&Style: Very Proper

This week on newsstands everywhere, Life&Style Weekly enlisted Dr. Vicki as their parenting expert to comment on the styles of parenting of several celeb parents. Styles of Parenting:  Which one do they choose? Victoria and David Beckham Life&Style synopsis: “I’ve never had to punish them physically,” Victoria Beckham says of sons Brooklyn 11, Cruz 6 and Romeo 8.  “Besides,... 

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