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Emotional Needs

Management works: children are human resources, too.

Management works: children are human resources, too.

Children, like ourselves, respond to the same kinds of motivation we ourselves do – and, whether or not you’re currently in the workforce, chances are very good you HAVE been. ... If you try taking a management-style approach to children’s behavior, you’ll find yourself concentrating on the behavior, and not the child.
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Make Good Choices.

Make good choices

What an encouraging phrase. Not only was she reminding me to do the right thing – by saying it just that way, she was implying she trusted me to do so.
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The Hoboken Effect: Teens & drunk drivers.

The Hoboken Effect: Teens & drunk drivers.

Call it The Hoboken Effect, or The Amnesty Effect. Either way, the idea is to keep your teen safe from drunk, or otherwise addled drivers.
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When the student becomes the teacher.

When the student becomes the teacher.

Mom: can we just have a do-over?
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Easter Favorites

bunny family

I could say it was the challenge of making certain the Easter Bunny fills the basket he delivers with the right balance of goodies that please the palate, and goodies that please the creative side of the children: like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, art supplies, and other delights that do NOT delight dentists.
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Where no mom has (boldly) gone before…

Below is a list of at least ten things my kids would miss about me, were I to take that Great Vacation in the Sky, where no mom has (boldly) gone before.
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Homework Help

Homework Help

There are many resources, all over the web, for parents and kids to turn to for help on nearly every imaginable topic – and those resources will be collected here in another post, soon – but the greatest homework help, any parent or teacher will know, is a parent themselves.
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Seven Secrets to Shopping with Toddlers.

Seven Secrets to Shopping with Toddlers.

Using the acronym “BRAVELY” to help you remember these seven strategies, it actually takes more planning than it does courage to help you go about your day-to-day shopping with your toddler. After all, you like your kid, don’t you So why struggle to find somewhere to squirrel them away, when with a little...
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How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading

How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading

There are a lot more ways to get your kids to read than you might think – the same way there are more ways to sneak vegetables into their lives.
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Dinner Time Is Eating the Only Thing On the Menu

Dinner Time   Is Eating the Only Thing On the Menu

Dinner time is a time when you can show as a family your appreciation for all your blessings, share disappointments, accomplishments and feelings and create memories that last forever. It is only tricky to make sure you eat together if you make it tricky.
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