Daily Archives April 24, 2015

How to Teach Anger Management to Your Child

How to Teach Anger Management to Your Child

by: Paul M. Jerard Jr.

Most of us recognize the continuing escalation of violence around us, due to intolerance, and many of us blame it on somebody else. Parents teach their children, all the time, and when one of us displays “road rage,” while our child is in the car, we teach a brand new skill set.
Although, road rage is inappropriate behavior, at any time, and can get you killed, most children who are exposed to it, will duplicate the actions of their parents, when they are old enough to drive.
So the first step, is to set an example and, possibly, use some of these ideas, for yourself...

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Why Kids Toys Are For Kids

Why Kids Toys Are For Kids

by: Jennifer Gove

I have made a discovery in my adult life, kids toys were made for kids. Now I know you may be puzzled about this because we all have sat down and played with our children, but if you peer deeper into this issue you will see as I do.
Lego Mines…
Tell me why it is a child can run blind folded through a room littered with Legos. Yet me I carefully navigate threw the room watching my step, stepping like that of a cat carefully then it happens. I step down onto one of these plastic “toys” and it rips threw my heal. Of course that sends me to the floor only to have Legos sticking me in the rear. These blocks were not intended for adults.
Play Doh is wonderful, entertains the kids for hours, the mess it not to bad if you can stand the smell of th...

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Get Out of Jail Free: Stop Being Defensive

Get Out of Jail Free: Stop Being Defensive

by: Sharon Ellison

When Marcus and Sally first met they immediately felt like kindred spirits. Marcus was generally warm and open. But as their relationship continued, Sally noticed that sometimes when he was upset he had trouble talking. When she asked Marcus what was bothering him, he would reply that nothing was wrong. Only when she coaxed him would he eventually tell her. As time went on, his resistance increased. The more she probed, the more reluctant he was . . . neither of them felt an ounce of kinship; they didn’t even like each other. (Taking the War Out of Our Words, pp. 8-9)
Sadly, this is how many of us expect a relationship to unfold...

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The Effects of Televised Sexual Content on Adolesc

The Effects of Televised Sexual Content on Adolescents

by: Brent Sitton

According to a September 2004 study by the RAND Corporation, “Adolescents who watch large amounts of television containing sexual content are twice as likely to begin engaging in sexual intercourse in the following year as their peers who watch little such TV.” In addition, the National Institutes of Health-funded study found that these children’s sexual behavior was akin to those adolescents who were 9 to 17 months older, but who watched only average amounts of TV with sexual content. “Television habits predicted whether adolescents went to ‘second or third base,’ as well as whether they had sex for the first time,” said Rebecca Collins, a RAND psychologist who led the study...

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How To Deal With Toddler Temper Tantrums

How To Deal With Toddler Temper Tantrums

by: Jackie G. Maxwell

It’s one of the few things your child can do that will make your cringe. A high-pitched, eardrum shattering, teeth grinding scream that goes on and on and on. Sometimes to the accompaniment of heels beating on the floor, or fists on the wall. You may have to duck as the toys start flying, because your toddler is having a temper tantrum.
The reasons for having temper tantrums, are relatively simple. Remember, at the age of 1-3, when most children will throw tantrums, their world is fairly straightforward, as is their way of ordering it, and putting things in their place.
Children have tantrums because they are tired, frustrated, seeking attention, or possibly because they are coming down with something, or they are trying to ...

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Teenagers Taking Risks

Teenagers Taking Risks

by: Carol Shepley

It can be hard being a parent with a teen going through what I term the ‘I’m Invincible’ phase. This is the phase when teens start doing scary and dangerous things (according to us parents) as a way of testing out their physical limits.
This is not surprising given that, at adolescence, teenagers are effectively given a new body, one which has many improved features from that of their childhood body. It’s no good as parents thinking we can tell them about the limits of this body; just as a toddler needs to work out for themselves how to balance to walk so a teen needs to work out for themselves how to use their changed body.
Pushing themselves that little bit further each time is necessary for the teen to find out what happens...

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Road Trip with Kids

Road Trip with Kids

by: Brigette Meier

Boredom, limited space and overflowing energy are a source of nuisance for a child when in a restaurant – how much more in the narrow cage of a car on a hour-long ride. You have barely left your home when the notorious “Are-we-there-already” starts, sometimes replaced by the equally infamous “How-long-is-it-still-going-to-take” and “I-have-to-pee” (the latter preferrably on highways with no possibility to stop).
So again, the key here is entertainment. It’s more difficult because you have a very limited space in your car and often a very long time to go.
The “surprise bags” described above do a good job also here...

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Questions To Ask A Pediatrician (for new to be par

Questions To Ask A Pediatrician (for new to be parents)?

by: Christoph Puetz

Having a baby is already scary enough. There are so many new things that need to be taken care off and you are swamped with decisions to be made. One decision is to select the best pediatrician for your newborn. Take the time to research a couple of pediatricians to make sure that you are comfortable with your choice. Call the practice and make an appointment to get to know the pediatrician before you decide. The pediatricians offer special consultation time for new parents. Some charge money for these sessions – others do not.
When visiting the pediatrician you should be prepared with questions to ask. When we went to visit our pediatric candidates we asked the following questions...

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Free Baby Shower Games

Free Baby Shower Games

by: GranMamma

Described below are many baby shower games that will spruce up any baby shower.
ABC’s
Have each person write down each letter of the alphabet. Everyone has to name something that has to do with a baby for each letter. This game should be timed for about two minutes. Whoever has the most items wins a prize.
Baby’s First Portrait
Each guest receives a paper plate and a crayon. Each person must draw a baby. When all guests are finished, vote for the best picture.
Baby Business
Buy ten to fifteen baby objects that aren’t easily identified. This can include a nose syringe, a breast pump, a teething ring, and so on. Distribute paper and pencil and ask players to try and guess what each object does. The player with the most correct answers is the winner.
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How Well Do You Know Your Child?

How Well Do You Know Your Child?

by: Marie Magdala Roker

Do you think you really know your child? I don’t mean know what he/she likes and doesn’t like, but to know him/her well enough to understand his/her challenges, to appreciate his/her strengths and weaknesses and to help him/her develop his talents. Knowing your child can help increase their chance for success in the future and improve your relationship.
As parents, we are constantly looking for ways to improve out relationship with our children, discipline our children and provide proper guidance. How many of us take the time to get to really know our child? Some of us believe that our children are extensions of us and don’t have their own thoughts, dreams and goals...

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