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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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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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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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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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