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Can Road Trip Games be the Cure for Boredom?

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Stacey and her family cram their van with suitcases, snacks, and sunscreen, as they get ready for their anticipated vacation to Disney World. Ten minutes down the street Stacey hears the inevitable “I’m bored” from her four-year-old son. Stacey realizes this is going to be a long ten hour drive for her and her family. She tells her son to color or play a video because it’s going to be a long car ride. Her son whines and pulls out his GameBoy. Fifteen minutes later Stacey hears the whining again and her son, yet again, blurts out “I’m bored!” Stacey hands him his coloring book and... (Read More ...)

How Can My Children Do Extra-Curricular Activities Without Creating More Family Stress?

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Kari pulls into the fast food restaurant’s drive-thru for the third time this week to get her and her three children dinner before she drives her youngest to baseball practice. She almost never has time to cook and meal for her family, anymore, between soccer and baseball practice for her two sons and dance and gymnastics for daughter. Kari works forty to fifty hours a week, plus her children have a hectic schedule. All three of her children love participating in all the activities they are doing, even if they are exhausted and stressed from their schedule. Kari doesn’t want to pull them out... (Read More ...)

Children Nutrition Concerns? How Do I Get My Picky Eaters to Finish Eating Everything on Their Plate?

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Pleading with her seven year old son, Ann feels discouraged when begging him to eat just one more bite of carrots. Instead, her son just continues to play with his food and stare at it. She can’t begin to count the plates of food that have gone to waste because her son does not finish everything on his plate. No matter what she fixes she cannot get her son to eat all the food on his plate. Ann is so frustrated and tired of having an argument with her son over dinner about him not finishing all his food. Ann is desperate and wonders “How can I get my son to eat all his food?” Do you have children... (Read More ...)

How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits and Get My Picky Eaters between 5 and 13 to Eat a Variety of Foods?

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Julie opens the freezer to fix dinner and is bombarded with a mountain of chicken nuggets, her son’s favorite. “Can we have chicken nuggets, again?” asks her six year old son from across the house. Sighing, Julie responds, “Yes” and reluctantly pulls out the box of chicken nuggets. Julie knows it’s not healthy for her son to eat chicken nuggets every night, but she knows of the tantrum she is avoiding by preparing this favorite food of her son’s. She wonders, “How do I get my children to try different foods?”  Would you like to transform your picky eaters between 5 and 13 into... (Read More ...)

How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits: Can Changes in Children Nutrition Reduce Child Behavior Problems?

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  The screams coming from her six month old daughter’s crib launches Jill to her feet and into the bedroom. Jill witnesses her six year old son yanking on his little sister’s hair through the crib. Instantly, Jill pulls the two apart and drags her son to the hallway. After asking her son his reasoning, he simply replies, “Because I felt like it.” Jill has been dealing with behavior like this for the past year and can’t figure out why. After disciplining her son time and time again, Jill wonders if there might be a reason for the behavior and a solution she hasn’t thought of before.   Do... (Read More ...)

How Do I Get My Picky Eaters to Try New Foods?

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  After an exhausting and repetitive week, Erin finally makes it home late Friday night. Wanting a change, she decides to fix something new for dinner. Erin cooks cauliflower and carrots and adds them to her four-year-old daughter’s plate, next to the macaroni and cheese and hamburger. Instantly, her daughter turns up her nose to the new and foreign vegetable on her plate. Erin begs her daughter and offers bribes with candy to get her to eat the cauliflower and carrots. Her daughter still refuses and Erin throws a way the untouched vegetables.  Do you ask yourself, “How do I get my... (Read More ...)

Are You An Exhausted Parent Looking For Tips On Parenting Without Power Struggles At Bedtime?

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Each night it is the same thing — a bedtime battle with children, every step of your bedtime routines. First, your child refuses to put on pajamas, then doesn’t want to brush teeth. The more you remind and push, the firmer your child refuses to cooperate. You end up raising your voices at each other and feel like you are going in circles. Ultimately, you both go to bed angry. Like most parents, you’ve probably have a busy life.  You rush to pick up your child, then go home to make dinner. After taking care of the household chore list, your evening is full of many other activities.  By... (Read More ...)

How Do I Express Concerns and Build Teamwork During a Parent Teacher Conference?

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How Do I Express Concerns and Build Teamwork During a Parent Teacher Conference? Stephanie’s son is in first grade. He comes home from school crying almost every day. He loses his recess and is told to stay on “the wall” because he doesn’t finish his work. Stephanie asked him why. He said he didn’t know how to do all the work and is afraid to ask his teacher (although he is usually a very outgoing child). Last year he was excited about school. He asked to have his work put on the fridge. But this year his papers ALL say stuff like “neater please!!” and “stay... (Read More ...)

What is the Recipe for Success in School?

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What is the Recipe for Success in School? Rob and Linda have a son in third grade and daughter in fifth grade. Their son has a hard time organizing his desk and getting the correct subject book out during class. Their daughter has a hard time getting homework assignments back to the correct teacher and has received several missed assignment slips because she could not find assignments to turn in. Rob and Linda want their children to learn how to be responsible for their own assignments and school work, but they also want them to succeed in school. What are some ways Rob and Linda can help... (Read More ...)

How Do I Get Through The Toughest Of Child Development Stages, The Terrible Twos? How Do I Stop My Child From Biting?

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After staying two hours late at work, Leah is frantically trying to make it to her daughter’s daycare. With the continuous growling of her stomach as a constant reminder she thinks about what she can make or pick up for dinner before her eight year old son’s soccer practice. She finally makes it to her daughter’s daycare, racing through the door and apologizing for her tardiness. She rushes to her daughter’s room eagerly awaiting her hug. Stopped by her daughter’s teacher at the door, Leah begins to hear the bad news.  Her daughter has bitten another child and this is the third... (Read More ...)