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Children and Divorce: How Do You Ease A Teen’s Resistance to Divorce and Remarriage?

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Brad’s fiancé, Rebecca is 40 and he is 46. Brad is divorced without kids and Rebecca has a fourteen-year-old son from a prior marriage. When they moved into Brad’s home, Rebecca’s son became difficult. He has rejected all prior suitors, not because he wants his parents to get back together, but to be the man of the house and to control mom. He even got upset when Rebecca asked him to give her away at the wedding, since he thought he was losing her. He doesn’t want her to see Brad and that is not going to happen. What can Brad and Rebecca do to assure him that he is important, he isn’t... (Read More ...)

Are Your Children Lying? Why Children Lie and How Can You Encourage Truthfulness?

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Kimberly wants her children to be honest, but sometimes she unintentionally models lying or responds to lies in ways that make matters worse. For example, When a sales person calls, Kimberly has her children tell them she is not home. When she’s at a restaurant, she lies about her children’s ages to let them eat off the kids menu. When she is given extra change, she keeps it.  Kimberly is surprised when she finds out her older son has been lying to her about going to a friend’s house after school and instead has been riding his bike to the park to play soccer. It was a fluke she even found... (Read More ...)

How Do You Respond When Your Child Presents You With a Report on Best Family Dogs and Begs for a Pet?

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Jessica’s daughter, Lucy has been begging to get a pet. Lucy has spent time researching “best family dogs” and “best dogs for children” on the internet.  She has even compiled a list of “why you should adopt a pet” and has been sharing it with her friends. Jessica and her husband both grew up with a dog and know the love and companionship a pet can give a child.  They are tempted to get a pet, but are also aware of how much time a dog needs to be trained, groomed and taken care of on a daily basis. Jessica would love to let Lucy pick out the dog of her dreams, but is just not sure... (Read More ...)

Your Child’s First Crush: Is it Puppy Love?

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Susan is shocked as she picks up her seven-year-old daughter at school and sees her holding hands with a boy. “Who was that?” Susan asks her daughter as she gets into the car. “Oh, that’s my boyfriend, Robert” her daughter replies. “Your boyfriend!” Susan responds. “Yeah mom, we’ve been dating for three days now and I think we’re in love. We might even get married someday”. Susan is shocked by this news. How could her seven-year-old daughter (who thought boys had cooties last week) be in love with a boy and holding hands? “I hope this doesn’t get too serious,” Susan... (Read More ...)

Teen Dating: When Does Puppy Love Become More Serious?

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While doing the laundry, Kelly discovers a folded up note in the pocket of her thirteen year old daughter’s jeans. She unfolds it and sees that it’s a note that a boy named Bobby was supposed to receive, but never did. Kelly folds it back up and sets it on her daughter’s dresser. Later that night, Kelly asks her daughter who Bobby was. Her daughter, blushing bright red now, explains that he’s “just a friend”.  Kelly doesn’t bring it up the rest of the night, but wonders if there is anything serious between Bobby and her daughter. Is your teen or preteen ready to move from puppy love to... (Read More ...)

How Can My Family Get Back Into The School Routine Successfully?

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Come on, admit it. You intended to keep a schedule this summer, but when the kids slept in you liked the extra quiet time. Then the daylight lasted so long it was often later than you realized when the kids finally hit the sack. Not living by the clock was a refreshing change of pace, but school will be starting in a few weeks and you know the kids and you need to get back into the groove. First, let me assure you, it’s healthier to have a flexible schedule than a rigid one. So have no guilt about your summer schedule. Just realize that the school schedule is a big change and you may need... (Read More ...)

School Age Child Development Stages: What are 10 Tips for Kindergarten Readiness?

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The new world of school brings many changes. Even for children who have been in child care or preschool, starting kindergarten will be a new world that is quite different from what they’ve experienced. The school’s rules might be different from your rules, so children must learn flexibility. Children need to sit still for longer periods of time than they are used to, so they must have self-control and self-discipline. Teachers might have a different teaching and communication style than their parents, so children must learn effective listening and communication skills. Since children... (Read More ...)

Age Regression During Child Development Stages: How Do I Deal with My Child Regressing and “Acting Like a Baby

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Jessica’s four-year-old just doesn’t seem to want to grow up. At daycare, he will go into the infant area and ask for a bottle. The other children mostly stare at him as if he is weird. At home, he tries to get Jessica to rock him to sleep at night and is practically glued to her side. Jessica only works part time and makes it a point to spend one-on-one quality time with him, but he doesn’t want to try anything new. Have your children ever seemed to have an age regression or “act like a baby” when they are “too old”? Teaching your children new skills at different child development... (Read More ...)

How Do I Bring Diversity Awareness into our Homes?

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“Why is my skin lighter than my friend’s” asked Ella’s four-year-old daughter, curiously. Ella knew why this was, but wasn’t sure how to explain it to her four year old. She tried to explain that we all have different amounts of pigmentation. She explained how some people, like her friend have more and others have less, but that no matter what amount of pigmentation we have it doesn’t make us any more or less of a person because that’s how God made us. Does your children’s curiosity about diversity make you uncomfortable? Do you want to talk to your children about difference, but... (Read More ...)

Dealing with Toddler’s Separation Anxiety: How Do I Get My Toddlers to Stop Their Pacifier Use

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Rhonda took her son in to the dentist for his annual exam and afterward the dentist brought her into the room to show her that her son was developing an overbite and asked Rhonda if her son was still using a pacifier. Rhonda replied, “Well, yes, but not all the time.” The dentist then suggested that her son should stop using his pacifier to prevent the overbite from getting worse. Rhonda knew her son, Adam, was getting “too big” to use a pacifier, but she was avoiding the huge blow up that occurred every time she tried to take the pacifier away. She wondered how she could get Adam to give... (Read More ...)