Daily Archives April 16, 2015

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment

by: Anthony Kane, MD

About a year ago I wrote an article on Oppositional Defiant Disorder discussing the condition, symptoms and treatment options. This article is an update describing what is new.
-Introduction
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a psychiatric behavior disorder that is characterized by aggressiveness and a tendency to purposefully bother and irritate others. These behaviors cause significant difficulties with family and friends and at school or work.
-Description
Oppositional defiant children show a consistent pattern of refusing to follow commands or requests by adults. These children repeatedly lose their temper, argue with adults, and refuse to comply with rules and directions...

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Tips for Buying Baby Gear

Tips for Buying Baby Gear

by: Eric Koshinsky

Buying baby gear can be a frustrating experience for new parents who want to have the best for the baby without breaking their budget. You need to buy baby furniture, such as a crib or bassinet, a change table, high-chair, and a playpen. Parents also like to purchase a baby swing and a stroller for taking the baby for a walk. A cheaper alternative to a stroller is a baby sling where you can carry the baby comfortably and still keep him/her nestled close to you.
Other supplies that you need include baby clothes. When you are buying for the new baby, just remember that although an outfit may look cute, the baby needs to feel comfortable in it...

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Labeling is Disabling: Achieving Congruent Communi

Labeling is Disabling: Achieving Congruent Communication

by: Azriel Winnett

A small town, somewhere in the world, was managed by a town council of seven or eight members. The council normally met once a week. One member – let’s call him Bill – would invariably stroll into the council chamber exactly ten minutes after the time scheduled for the meeting.
For Bill’s fellow councilors, this seemingly inconsiderate practice was very disruptive. At first, since Bill was known to be an extremely busy professional, they were prepared to assume that he had been unavoidably delayed. But when history repeated itself meeting after meeting, they began to wonder..
Then one day, the sleepy little town was overtaken by a crisis, and the mayor asked his councilors to attend an emergency session – at 7 the ...

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Fuzzy Names, Sweet Names

Fuzzy Names, Sweet Names

by: Dawnell Harrison

As with everything, names go through cycles of change with passing generations. I also tend to think that names have improved immensely since the first Elmas, Minervas, Bufords, and Alfreds graced the baby’s room wearing appropriate nametags on their cribs.
A country of tradition, we still hold tightly to such commoners as Becky, Wendy, Mike and Bill. And being the trendsetters of a diverse time, we also like originality. Girls are acquiring sophistication with names such as Breanna and Kyla while boys are being called Dusty and Cameron, cute yet charming. I do like these names. I even think that the not-so-unique ones are fine. These names have humility and, most importantly, can be spoken without cringing, gagging, or regurgitating...

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Guidelines For Finding Quality Childcare

Guidelines For Finding Quality Childcare

by: Luca Jenkin

Childcare Guidelines
In today’s two-income family households, finding childcare is more of a necessity than a “what if” situation. During the time when childcare was not the norm allowed parents more time to scope out circumstances. However, for today’s working parents – married or single, the time to find a great childcare home or center is an immediate need. For this reason alone, parents need to know how to quickly identify if the environment that the child will be placed meets – or hopefully – exceed their expectations. Below is a guideline for finding this type of quality care:
1. Don’t jump at the first place you look...

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Think Like Your Kids – And Understand Them More

Think Like Your Kids – And Understand Them More

by: Frank McGinty

Seven-year old Michael was on a school trip to a Wildlife Centre in Central Scotland. It was near the end of the day and they were in the Gift Shop before boarding the bus for the journey home.
Poor Michael! He couldn’t resist the array of lollipops and chocolate animals that beckoned to him. He chose one and was about to pay for it with his last few pennies.
His teacher, a kindly soul with not long before retirement, noticed him. “Have you bought something for your Mum yet, Michael?”
Michael lowered his head in shame! Gently, the teacher took the candy bar from him and replaced it on the shelf.
She walked to another display and selected a small figure made from cheap plastic...

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How To Help Your Child Learn

How To Help Your Child Learn

by: Barbara White

Just as every snowflake is unique, so is every child. The way that your child learns depends a number of different factors, which combined together, create his unique learning style. By helping your child discover how he learns the best, you will set him up for life time success in learning, and reduce the frustrations that come through trying to learn in a way that does not use his particular strengths and to him seems uncomfortable.
Every parent has been through the school system and hopefully discovered ways that facilitated a style of learning that worked for them...

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Crisis in Child Care

Crisis in Child Care

by: Veola Momon

Today there is a crisis in the child care industry. Parents are looking to the government to solve the problem by not cutting away at programs that will give them help with quality childcare, health care and training for the caregivers in these settings.
As an advocate for quality childcare in every center, home and daycare that is in charge of the children that will “lead” our country tomorrow as well as “live” in it, here is a beginning for change and taking charge.
It is not left up to the government to create the best learning environment for our children alone, we must help too. It is almost like the other grades, parents send their children to school and want the teachers to mother and teach them...

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Validating vs. Indulging Children’s Feelings

Validating vs. Indulging Children’s Feelings

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

I grew up at a time when children’s feelings were not important. I was supposed to go along with the program without complaint, regardless of how I felt. If I was upset about something, my mother generally responded with, “Don’t be ridiculous,” while my father just ignored me. Many of my counseling clients had similar experiences in their growing-up years.
Those of us on a personal growth path don’t want to do the same thing to our children. We want our children to feel safe in expressing their feelings. We want them to know that what they feel matters to us, that their feelings are important to us...

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If You’d Like to Know Why Reading Matters

If You’d Like to Know Why Reading Matters

by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito

Here Are Some of the Reasons Why Reading Is So Important for Children
Why Do We Tell Children to Read ?
We’re always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever really thought about why that’s true ? Exactly what do older children get out of reading novels ? What do younger kids get from reading children’s stories and being read to ? Does reading matter ?
The purpose of this article is to say that, yes, it’s true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so. Let’s begin with the practical benefits and then move on to the less tangible rewards of a life filled with reading.
Books Help Children Develop Vital Language Skills
Reading is an important skill...

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