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Is The Family Bed An Option For You?

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Your child starts out the night in his own bed, but usually gets up while you are still doing things on the household chore list. Instead of finishing the chores, you go to his room and lay with him until he falls asleep. You are up later to get everything done. After you are asleep, your child comes into your bedroom sometime during the night. You are tired, so you just let him climb into the family bed. However, not everyone sleeps well when this happens.  You or your spouse toss and turn or feel cramped. Plus, you hear horror stories and expert warnings about the dangers of the family bed. One... (Read More ...)

How Do You Respond To Passive Aggressive Behavior? Tips For Dealing With Difficult People

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Your mother-in-law suggested doing a gift exchange this year, at her house. Her instructions we were to give gifts only to the person whose name you drew. Any gifts you wanted to give to other family members we to be given another time, just with those people. As the gift exchange gifts were being passed out, she chose to pass out the gifts she’d bought for people.  A non-gift-exchange gift was given to every member of your family — your husband, your children, even their spouses and dates; everyone except you. You certainly notice, but you are more into giving than receiving gifts, so... (Read More ...)

How Can Stay At Home Moms Dealing With Loneliness Create Their Own Support Systems?

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Tonya is among the ranks of stay-at-home moms.  She thinks it is important to be the primary caregiver for her child throughout the early years. Although Tonya enjoys being able to see her child reach all the first milestones, she finds herself longing for the adult companionship she had with her co-workers and is dealing with loneliness, like most stay at home moms. Tonya wishes there was a way to connect with other stay at home moms so they can support one another and remain sane. Stay at home moms get no sick leave, days off, or vacation time.  They are on duty 24/7.  If you are a stay at... (Read More ...)

How Do You Teach Effective Communication Skills To Your Children?

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“How was your day?” Rebecca asked her twelve-year-old when he came home from school. “Ok,” he responds. “Did you learn anything new today?” she asks. “Nope,” her son plainly says while staring out the window. “Well, what did you do today?” she asks. “Nothing,” her son responds in a tone of voice that was clearly saying, “I’ll be thirteen next month, mom, please stop trying to talk to me, gosh!”Rebecca picked up on this tone of voice and stopped the conversation there. Do you find it difficult to communicate with your own children? Does it seem hard to connect with... (Read More ...)

What Can Be Done When There is A Bad Role Model Within Sibling Relationships or Among Peers?

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Debbie’s thirteen-year-old, Darren, is a poor behavior example for her younger children. She is constantly telling Darren to keep his hands to himself and let the younger children do things on their own. She tells him, “You’re not their parent,” because he tells the younger children what to do and tries to punish them.  The younger children get frustrated with the bossiness of the older child.  They don’t like how he is short with them and they whine at him to leave them alone or tell him “you can’t make me, you’re not my mother!” In Debbie’s situation, there are... (Read More ...)

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 accidentally models lying or responds to lies in ways that actually perpetuate the problem. 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... (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 ...)