Daily Archives April 10, 2015

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

by: Rose DesRochers

How much thought have you given to your child’s future? In three years, my daughter will be eighteen. Most likely, she will be leaving home at this time, and on her way to college.
I ask myself as a parent, will she be ready? Have I prepared her well enough for the future? Have I built courage within her, and will she have the right decision making skills needed to live on her own? I know that three years is not too far away, and I worry about these things constantly.
My husband and I have always encouraged our children to be self-managing, independent thinkers. I’m part of the percentage of parents who pays attention to raising my children. As I look at both of my children, I see a potential that lies within them...

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Do You Want Your Children to Be Like You?

Do You Want Your Children to Be Like You?

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

There is an old saying regarding children: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Whoever coined this phrase didn’t know much about children. Children often do not “do as we say.” We are the role models regarding how our children learn to treat themselves and others. We are the role models regarding whether or not our children learn to take personal responsibility for themselves – physically, emotionally, financially, relationally, spiritually, and organizationally.
Do you avoid responsibility for your own feelings with substances, activities, or with shaming and blaming behavior toward yourself or others? Are you always late and is your desk a mess? Do you eat poorly and lack exercise? Are you always in major credit car...

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Eight Out Of 10 Kids In Child Safety Seats Are At

Eight Out Of 10 Kids In Child Safety Seats Are At Risk – And Their Parents Don’T Even Realize It

by: News Canada

(NC)—Even the most informed parents make mistakes when installing child safety seats. According to a recent study by Transport Canada, eight out of 10 child safety seats are improperly installed. DaimlerChrysler Canada recognized the need to help parents properly install car seats and as a result has developed a free safety seat inspection service called Fit for a Kid®, that is open to any make or model of vehicle.
Keeping kids safe when you drive is a parent’s primary concern. Here are some tips for choosing car safety seats properly. Please remember that the same child safety seat will not necessarily serve your child through all of their growing stages.
Top 10 child safe...

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Pull Your Wagon

Pull Your Wagon

by: David Leonhardt

The Little Lady offers so many lessons. Almost two now (just a couple days), she went for a ride with her 14-month old cousin in a wagon. We adults took turns pulling . . . until Little Lady decided that SHE wanted to pull. And once she got her hands on the handle, pity the adult foolish enough to try to relieve her of her responsibilities!
Was it easy for her to pull the heavy and bulky wagon? No. Did she stop after a minute? No. Five minutes? No. Ten minutes? No. It was almost as if she knew this was a test of character and she wanted to get an A+
As adults, we face daily choices: take the easy way out and just go along for the ride, or do the best we can do and be the best we can be...

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Creative Kid Birthday Cake Ideas

Creative Kid Birthday Cake Ideas

by: Mike Dougherty

A Creative Dream Come True
A hush falls over the room as you bring out your child’s birthday cake.
With its candles glowing, your cake masterpiece sits at its place of honor for all to admire as the room fills with the oohs and aahs of your envious party guests. Your creative birthday cake is wonderful and it fits your party theme perfectly.
Your birthday child makes a wish and your guests join in singing the birthday song followed by cheers and applause. Then it’s finally time to enjoy the taste of your delicious birthday cake creation.
Now that’s the kind of reaction you want for your child’s birthday cake!
Kid Birthday Cake Ideas
Let your creative imagination run wild when you plan your child’s birthday cake, because just about anythin...

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Ten ways to Become Best Friends with Your Teenager

Ten ways to Become Best Friends with Your Teenagers

by: V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed.

Best friends! It may seem impossible to believe, but today’s teens do want to consider their parents as friends, even though they think we could never understand the realities of their world. They are also interested in what it was like being a teenager during the Stone Age. Life without cell phones or the Internet must have been unimaginable!
So even with this interest, can parents and teens really become best friends when competing with busy schedules, and raging hormones? The answer is a resounding YES…and it is worth the effort!
What is important to understand is that both of you have to want the new relationship on a long-term basis...

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The Mystery Of Picky Eaters

The Mystery Of Picky Eaters

by: Jason Katzenback

If you were to ask 100 parents why they think their children are picky eaters, chances are you would get 90 different answers. Although we know some children are picky eaters for no apparent reason, most are hard to please when it comes to food for two reasons – they are naturally fussy about tastes and textures or they have a learned behavior about food.
If you have a picky eater in your house, you are NOT alone! In fact, this is a very common complaint among parents. In addition to being frustrating, parents also worry that their child is not getting the appropriate nutrients needed for their growing bodies. With picky eaters, you typically see one of two things happening...

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Anti Scooter Media Frenzy

Anti Scooter Media Frenzy

by: Rachel Webb

An estimated five million scooters will be sold this year and according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission 26,000 scooter-related injuries were reported before the end of December 2000! 90 percent of those injuries were to children 14 and under. The Consumer Product Safety Counsel also received reports of two deaths tied to scooter injuries. Several elementary schools are discussing ways to ban kids from riding scooters to school. Newspapers across the country headline that "Scooters Lead to ER Visits"!
Before you buy into the media hype about the dangers of the most popular Christmas gift last year, you should educate yourself by considering the statistics of other play equipment commonly used by these same kids.
In 1999 U.S...

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The Parent Teen Relationship And How To Improve It

The Parent Teen Relationship And How To Improve It

by: Carol Shepley

It was the homework that did it. Each night became a challenge in how I was going to get my son, a non-academic, to do his homework. I tried patience, encouragement, and teaching, all to no avail. I moved on to bribery, threats and punishment, still no success. Finally I tried anger, frustration and tears, but still no joy. At the end of my tether I knew it was time for a change. Looking back on my behaviour I could see how I had changed from a calm, encouraging parent into a demanding, controlling tyrant. This was a true wake up call; I could not believe I had turned into the very thing I hated to see in others. I asked myself, “what is more important, homework or the relationship with my son?”
The parenting relationship...

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Born With Instructions

Born With Instructions

by: Carol M. Welsh

We finally seem to get parenting techniques that work with the first child only to find out that they don’t work with the next child. Why can kids be born with instructions? Good news! When you understand your children’s perceptual styles, you’ll discover that they are born with an “instruction manual.”
Each of us is a unique combination of the Four Perceptions: Audio, Feeler, Visual, and Wholistic. When children are born, they are 100% Feelers. Although they will continue to have sensitive feelings during their formative years, their primary Perception will begin to reveal itself when they’re about six months old.
The following true story reveals how differently it unfolds based on the perceptual style of the child...

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