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Teaching Children Independence and Responsibility

By JustMommies staff

by Lori Radun Do you remember that phase in your child's life when all you heard was "I want to do it!"? You're in a hurry, and you want to help your child get dressed, but your two or three year old will have no part of that. You must wait for 15 minutes while she masters the socks and shoes. Your helpful
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Parenting 101 - Leading By Example

By JustMommies staff

by Jan Roberts Parent Educator Parenting by Osmosis A basic premise of good parenting is one that takes many parents by surprise. It is that children learn attitudes, behaviors, lifestyle choices, prejudices, likes and dislikes, compassion and generosity, by osmosis. They learn by watching and listening
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Positive Thinking for Kids

By JustMommies staff

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate and Perfect Parenting During their growth and development, children go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing themselves to others, and they often see themselves
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Rational Parents = Rational kids

By JustMommies staff

By Sally Sacks www.sallysacks.com If you want to have kids who use their brains effectively, you have to communicate with them rationally. In other words, you must make sense. If you as a parent are rational, fair, open minded and diplomatic, you will parent just fine. This doesn’t mean never yelling,
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Should I force my shy child to participate?

By JustMommies staff

By Tina Bryson, Ph.D. I know what it’s like to have a shy child.  I have a picture of my son Ben at his friend’s four-year-old birthday party.  All of the children are gathered in a tight circle around a young woman dressed like Dora the Explorer.  All, that is, except Ben, who insisted on standing
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Slow Down and Enjoy the Magic of Summertime

By JustMommies staff

By Patti Teel www.pattiteel.com “Summertime, and the living is easy…” Summertime is in full swing. And I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it difficult to stick to a schedule and to buckle down and work. Perhaps childhood memories of long summer days spent at the neighborhood swimming pool
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Get Over it, Kid!

By JustMommies staff

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!” My seven-year-old son wrapped his arms around his head and tried his
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How to Say "I Love You" with Meaning

By JustMommies staff

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
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In-laws and Outlaws: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By JustMommies staff

Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, Julia Stone. www.babyproofingyourmarriage.com “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” —George Burns How many people
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Is one of your kids suffering from “Middle-Child Syndrome”?

By JustMommies staff

by Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. We’ve all heard about the effect that birth order has on our characteristics.  Some people probably put too much emphasis on how much it actually determines, but it’s also hard to disagree with the idea that the order in which children are born into their family can impact
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