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How to Say "I Love You" with Meaning

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller “I love you,” are three words all children need to hear often from their parents. Do you want those words to have real meaning to your child? Do you want them to connect one heart to another? Do you want to use them to develop a level of intimacy in your family that communicates your heartfelt affection for your children? If so, consider strengthening I love you with the following suggestions.
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How to Have a Happy Marriage When You’re Busy Being Parents

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation,
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Helping your Child be Thankful: Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

By Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Kids can be self-centered. It’s normal for them to think first about themselves, despite all of our efforts to help them be more empathetic or appreciative. The good news, though, is that we can help them broaden their perspectives and see beyond themselves. We can help them think about others, and help them approach life with an attitude of gratitude.
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Help! My Child Has Anger Issues

By Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. To be so little, children sure can experience big emotions, can’t they?  And anger is often the biggest emotion of all.  Even the youngest find ways to let it out.  Recently, my 2-year-old threatened me with an angry voice, “I’m going to color your face!”  It was hard not to laugh.
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Getting Kids Back to Nature

by Rae Pica When I was a kid we had twice-daily recess on school days, and once the last bell of the day rang, there was never any thought of being indoors. On weekends and summer days, we ran out of the house first thing in the morning, hollered for the next-door neighbor to come out to play, made quick trips in for lunch and supper, and then reemerged until darkness and our moms forced us inside.
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Get Over it, Kid!

By Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC www.acpi.biz “This was the worst day of my life!” my son hissed. “First mom shrunk my favorite hat, then you guys lost my favorite book, then I did my alphabet for you and you didn’t even care!”
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Friend or Parent: Striking the right balance

One of the questions I hear from time to time is how to determine when a mom needs to be an authority figure for her kids, and when she can be a friend.  Does she have to be one or the other?  Let’s look at each side of the equation. » Read more

Fortify Sensitive Kids

by Patti Teel www.pattiteel.com Children are likely to interpret and respond very differently to their experiences, depending on their temperament. Sensitive children are likely to be wonderfully compassionate, bright, creative and imaginative. They may also have a difficult time dealing with stressful situations and may be prone to being worried and anxious. Of course, every child is an individual with his or her own unique traits.
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Family Meals - A Thing of the Past?

by Jan Roberts Parent Educator With the hectic schedules of today's busy families and economic conditions demanding that parents work longer hours, family mealtime traditions of the past are in danger of becoming obsolete. The present trend seems to be away from an organized family dinnertime, with fast food options making it easier for families to keep moving to afterschool involvements and into the early evening. This does not mean that family meals need to disappear altogether.
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Dream the Dream and Step into It

Teaching Children to Think Positively
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