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Ten Things Parents Need to Know about Keeping their Kids CyberSafe

By JustMommies staff

By Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD, FAAP, author of CyberSafe 1. Privacy Settings “On” = You Are Cleared to Post! By having your privacy settings “on” for posts and pictures (you have to set the setting for each to “on”), your information is completely private and only accessible by people you
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Monitoring Your Kids’ Online Video Viewing

By JustMommies staff

Do you know what your kids are watching? Sure, you monitor their shows on TV, but what about on the computer? Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on YouTube lately will tell you that for every kid-friendly video you might find, there’s bound to be at least one not-so-kid-friendly video that
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Boys and Guns: When Boys' Games Get Aggressive

By JustMommies staff

No matter how they are raised or what situations they are exposed to, young boys seem to have an almost universal interest in gun play. Even boys who grow up in the most anti-gun households – or boys who grow up surrounded by their sisters’ toys – are drawn to shoot-em-up games. We’ve heard of
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Teaching Manners to Kids

By JustMommies staff

It may seem seem like a "no-brainer" to teach your child please and thank you, but these and other simple courtesies seem to be going by the wayside. Teaching manners will not only help you have a happier home, it will help your child with making friendships, classroom behavior, and one day in the distant
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TV Guidelines for Young Children

By Jan Roberts

Dear Parent Coach, My three young children are constantly asking to see TV programs I don't approve of but their friends watch, or to rent videos I'm not sure about. The monitoring requirements of today's parent seem constant. Can you offer guidelines? Signed, "Parent Censor" The effort that parents
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Parenting Is Not About Kids, It’s About Parents

By Hal Edward Runkel

Excerpted from Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel Copyright © 2007 by Hal Edward Runkel. Excerpted by permission of Broadway, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. For more
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Handling Unwanted Advice

By Elizabeth Pantley

“Help! I’m getting so frustrated with the endless stream of advice I get from my mother-in-law and brother! No matter what I do, I’m doing it wrong. I love them both, but how do I get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted advice?” Just as your baby is an important part of your life, he is
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5 Ways to Raise a "Good Enough" Child

By Jan Denise

How many times have you told your ebullient child he's too loud or too active? How often have you told your contemplative, cautious child not to be a scaredy-cat and so shy? In subtle ways, you are giving your child, when he's expressing his or her unique temperament, the message that he's not good enough.
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Six Ways School Kids Manipulate Parents -- and What You Can Do About It

By David Swanson

Your kid wants to stay up late, avoid homework, hang out with friends, and watch TV and play video games. In short, your school-aged child wants to do everything but go to bed early and do schoolwork. What's more, he has lots of clever ways to wear you down and get his way. Here are six ways school kids
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Music Lessons For Children

By Jan Roberts

Dear Parent Coach, We have a very musical kindergarten daughter who is chomping at the bit to start piano lessons. We do not have a piano, so this would be a big investment. We are unsure if this is too early, or if she would actually stick with it. What do you say? Signed, Parents of a "Prodigy"
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