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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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When Consequences Don’t Work

By JustMommies staff

Your son rides his bike without a helmet. Again. You’ve nagged, begged, pleaded, and informed him of the dangers of riding without one. Next, you’ve issued Consequences! You’ve taken the bike away and put it in the garage for a day, then a week and then, a whole month. You’ve done everything
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Leaving Your Child Home Alone

By JustMommies staff

By Maria T. Pepin As your child gets older, you may be wondering at what age they can stay home alone. Make sure you check, because some states such as Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon actually have specific ages specified in their laws. With the number of latchkey kids growing significantly, the
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Video Games and Kids: Setting Appropriate Guidelines

By JustMommies staff

If your child or teenager is hooked on video games, chances are you’ve had more than one confrontation over limits – when, where, and how much is too much. That’s because, like any good parent, you want to set some guidelines for how they can use the games safely and wisely. The question is, how
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Child Snatching: How to Teach Your Kids to Stay Safe

By JustMommies staff

Child abduction is one of the most terrifying things any parent can imagine (it’s almost certainly one of the top fears of new moms) and yet many parents are still not sure about the best ways to help their children stay safe. What can you teach your child to minimize the chances that they will be
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Kids and Allowances: Age appropriate Guidelines

By Nancy Da Silva

If you’ve ever been shopping with your children, after much begging and pleading from your kids for everything in sight, you’ve more than likely used the phrase ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’. You probably heard your parent’s voice in your head when you said it too. You know now what they
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Signs of Sexual Abuse

By JustMommies staff

Would you know how to spot signs of sexual abuse in your child? Surprisingly, sexual abuse happens quite frequently with parents being completely unaware. Arming yourself and your child with the correct information about sexual abuse and sexual offenders is you and your child's best defense against sexual
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Six Ways to Protect Your Latchkey Kids

By Steve Cross

As a parent, you don’t choose to have your kids at home alone, but sometimes the pressures of two parents working, school schedules, and baby sitting problems conspire to leave your kids home alone. But there are some very easy things you can do today to reduce the risk for your kids. Every parent
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When the Kid Who Can Won't

By James D. Sutton

Compliance is a part of life. Someone (especially someone in authority, like a boss) asks you to do something. If you do it, fine. If you don't, there's a problem. If you consistently don't do it, there's trouble. Educators and family counselors will tell you that this problem of noncompliance, has reached
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Ask The Parent Coach: The Death of a Child's Pet

By Jan Roberts

Dear Parent Coach, I took our sick cat to the vet recently, and was not expecting the outcome. She had to be put to sleep. My children, ages 5 and 7, were very shocked and upset when they heard the news after school. I'm trying to help them with this loss, but they are somewhat angry at me. How can
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