Parenting and Passion…Not Mutually Exclusive (Part 2)

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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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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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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Have you laughed with your children lately?

January 18, 2011 by  
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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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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  
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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  
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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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Children Searching the Internet

January 3, 2011 by  
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Cat and Mouse   If you are like many parents, you probably have some concern about your children searching the Internet.  Well, here is an article I just read by Bo Minnow, to help you with this dilemma:  “Talk about a search engine and the first thing that will click in the minds of many is Google. Well some are fans to Yahoo and Bing but would you really recommend the use of these internet... 

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Fill Your Time with Kids and Family

December 30, 2010 by  
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KIDS ARE FROM KRYPTON, PARENTS ARE FROM PLUTO:  Radio update Dec. 30, 2010:   A new year means a blank calendar.  WOW!  Just think of all the possibilities.  Look at all the blank days! You have the power, at this very moment, to determine what your new year will look like! As you think about filling in your calendar, do you have a feeling of enthusiasm and excitement?  Or of dread and resignation? ... 

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