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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Crying may be a sign of overload in children

Dear Dr. Vicki: I have two children a 6 year old and a two year old. The 6 year old seems to cry for anything. He cries when he has to do his homework, when he has to take a shower, etc. I sometimes think he is crying because he sees my 2 year old cry. Why do children cry often like mine? I don’t understand. He doesn’t listen. Even his Kinder teacher is having problems with him doing his... 

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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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Children Searching the Internet

January 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

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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Happy New Year to You and Your Family

December 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

Welcome 2011 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!  Good-bye 20010—Hello 2011 Now is the time to reflect on the lessons of the past year, and yet put the past in the past.  The past is over.  There is nothing you can do about it.  But today, and every day, is a chance to write in your book called Opportunity, and fill in the blank pages with your own words—of ideas, dreams, goals and emotions. ... 

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Teaching Gratitude

November 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto  Radio Show update:  Nov. 18, 2010:  Teaching Gratitude.    There is a Buddhist saying that I reflect on around Thanksgiving time. He said, “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at lease we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t... 

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