Things that go bump in the night!

October 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Kids Are From Krypton parents Are From Pluto Radio update Oct. 21: When kids come to my door and say, “Trick or Treat?” I respond,  “TRICK!”  They give me a puzzled look until I explain that I pick ‘trick.’  This little twist in the tale has prompted some great creativity on the part of my little ghouls and goblins.  One girl did a cartwheel on my lawn, while another wiggled her nose. ... 

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High Chair vs. Booster

"Get me out of here!" Dear Dr. Vicki: A question arose in my house this week, and wanted your thoughts… our 9-month old is a great and easy kid. The last few days, he fights us when we try to put him in to his high-chair to feed him. He arches his back and squirms like crazy. We know he’s hungry, and once we get him buckled in, he settles down, and eats well, doesn’t complain... 

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Getting Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms

October 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

"Clean up your room!" Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Oct. 14: There are so many life skills your children can develop in the sheer act of cleaning their rooms. These skills include: doing something even when you don’t want to, responsibility, respect for and care of possessions, organization, respect for self, creating order out of chaos, cleaning skills, cooperation,... 

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How to raise millionaires

September 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Family, Parenting

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio Series Update Sept. 23:   When I give kids 3 wishes, almost all of them include ‘a million dollars’ as one of their wishes.  And yet, about 98% of these kids do not believe they could ever make that much money.  And if they grow up believing they can’t, then chances are they won’t.  Because they won’t take the steps necessary to be... 

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National Child-Centered Divorce Month

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

July is National Child-Centered Divorce Month. Imagine having to have a month to raise awareness of centering attention on the kids when deciding to divorce. That doesn’t mean staying together for the sake of the kids. On the contrary, child-centered divorce is about taking your kids’ needs and emotions into account when making decisions. To my amazement, many parents in my office have not really... 

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Kids Across / Parents Down

June 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Family

“Kids Across/Parents Down” is the #1 family crossword in newspaper syndication. Created by Jan Buckner Walker, the puzzle–with down clues geared to parents and across clues geared to kids–encourages families to have fun together. It’s an entertaining, educational puzzle for kids ages 5-13. Kids Across/Parents Down gets parents actively involved and draws young people... 

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2010 by  
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How was your Mother’s Day? Lovely, I hope. Filled with flowers, hearts and good behavior from the kids? How is your day today? Still full of hearts and flowers…or back to the same old, same old? Do your days go something like this?: “Johnny, did you hear me?” “I hate you!” “How many times do I have to tell you…?” “Whatever…” “Apologize to your sister!” “I wish... 

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The Importance of Dinner Conversation

Radio show update: Today we wrapped up the communication topic on my radio series, discussing some of the times, places and methods of talking with your kids. Dinner time as a family can be a wonderful time for everyone to share about their day, or anything else they might want to talk about. It can be a time to get to know some things about them that you usually don’t take the time to discuss.... 

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Oprah Asks: Are You Second String In Your Own Life?

February 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

The other day, in her Spirit newsletter, Oprah asked women: “Are You Second-String in Your Own Life?” The accompanying article addressing this topic was written by Caroline Myss discussing the way women sabotage themselves in their love relationships. Well, I am here to tell you that I watch women sabotage themselves every day in their relationship with their kids and their mates. They... 

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Parenting and Passion…Not Mutually Exclusive

The best thing you can do for your kids is to love each other. Yesterday’s Valentine’s message encouraged you to put passion and intimacy back in your marriage. When you can enjoy each other and feel good about yourselves, you will then feel more positive about the other roles that you also have to fill. The most important role? Parent! Believe it or not, being parents and being passionate... 

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