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Gender Identity: Raising a Transgender Youth

By JustMommies staff

Your child is different. Perhaps he wants to don a dress, or you find him in your shoes and sporting your makeup. Or, maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe your daughter hates everything feminine and acts more like one of the boys. Does this mean you have a transgender youth on your hands? Not necessarily.
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9 Ways to Liven up Your Summer

The kids are out of school and you have vacation that you’ve been saving up. Hmm, what to do? With summer fully in swing, it’s time to venture out and create family moments that you all will reflect on for years to come. How exactly do you do that, you say? Well, we have nine great ideas to help
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4 Apps that Could Pose a Danger to Your Child

By Jill Britz

There are so many amazing apps we have access to—MapMyRide lets you know how many miles you log on your morning bike ride, the Facebook app keeps you connected to family and friends wherever you go, and Instagram is great for picture sharing. While apps add so much value and simplicity to our modern
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The 7 Best Code-Talking Methods Parents Use

Children are little sponges—after a while, they pick up on everything. From your actions to your words, at some point they begin to apply meaning to them. This is when most parents feel the need to get crafty and create code words that are designed to throw tiny listening ears off the trail of what's
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6 Coolest Apps for Tweens & Teens

By JustMommies staff

As kids grow into tweens and teens, many parents worry about the apps their kids are using with their electronics. Are they safe? What are they sharing with whom? Are their apps useful or educational? At school, kids may have already been introduced to organizational and collaborative apps such as Dropbox
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Why Shaming Children is a Bad Idea

If you remember being a kid at all, chances are your memories are a mixture of awesome moments of triumph and glee, sprinkled with some incidents you'd rather forget. It's the same with everyone—life's unpleasant moments have a way of teaching you lessons. However, it's one thing to experience a natural
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New Year's Resolutions for Better Parenting

By Laura Carlson

Want to gain new skills for the New Year? Why not put “better parenting skills” at the top of your resolution list? It turns out that the way parents interact with their kids has a strong impact on how they develop. This relationship can affect certain actions, cognitive functions, and social skills.
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Cutting and Self Harm in Teens: What to do

By JustMommies staff

Is your teenager or a teen you know cutting themselves? Self-Harm is a dangerous trend in today’s youth. More and more teens are mishandling their stress and anxiety by hurting themselves. According to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an average of 13 to 35 percent of students
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Helping Your Child Transition to Middle School

The transition from elementary school to middle school is a big one in a kid's life. There's not only exposure to a lot of new people, there are older, more mature kids in the mix and your kid may feel lost in more than one way. It's not unusual for kids entering middle school to fight feelings of fear
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Anger & Aggression in Teens: How to help

By JustMommies staff

Parenting a teenager is never easy. Emotions, hormones, shifting of responsibility; they all come into play during the transition between adolescence and adulthood. There is “typical teenage behavior,” regarding attitude adjustments and perhaps even some rebellion. The testing of boundaries along
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