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

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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: Relaxed

February 8, 2011 by  
Filed under 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? Brad and Angelina Life&Style synopsis: Brad Pitt and Angelina Joile let the kids gorge on jund food, from Cheetos to McDonald’s. Parenting Style: Relaxed.  “There isn’t... 

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Styles of Parenting of the Rich and Famous

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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? Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Life&Style synopsis: Like other Scientologists, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes believe in treating kids like adults.  So, Suri, 4, is allowed to eat unlimited... 

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Selecting Musical Instruments for Children

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Selecting musical instruments for children seems like the responsibility of parents.  Piano seems to be the starter instrument of choice for many parents who have pianos in their home.  But what if your children don’t want to play the piano?  Or, what if they like to plink upon the keys but have no interest in doing more than that?  What’s a parent to do? Playing an instrument has many benefits,... 

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The Problems with Parenting

January 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

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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“I don’t like you, Mommy”

Kudos for this boy’s parents, who let him say what he feels.  Many parents would get angry or have their feelings hurt if their kids said, “I don’t like you, Mommy!”  But usually, they are either simply expressing anger, or as in this case, qualifying what deserves loving.  It’s important to teach your kids about unconditional love—you love them all the time,... 

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Child development is like climbing the stairs

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 response: 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 stairs,... 

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Parents need to nurture their children’s talents

This baby obviously has rhythm—she’s not just moving…she’s moving in time with the beat.  So, here’s my premise:  At very young ages, kids really begin to show their personalities, talents and traits.  Your job as parents is to discover and then nurture these abilities and provide opportunities for them to continue developing.  I don’t know if this child will... 

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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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