Archive | 2011

Santa Claus: How to Introduce Toddlers to this Big Man

Christmas for the little ones just isn’t complete without Santa Claus. This big, old man with the white long beard is pretty much THE symbol of Christmas for kids. Well, that and the presents under the tree, right? I’ve noticed that a lot of children line up with their parents to sit on Santa’s lap, […]

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Grab These Free Christmas Tunes from Amazon

Last year I found a blog post where an awesome woman had pointed out a whole pile of absolutely free Christmas music available at Amazon. I emailed the link out to my subscribers and everyone loved having access to it. Hey, you can’t beat free, right? I don’t mind paying for great music, but I’ll […]

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COPE24 – Hopes to Prevent Child Abuse by Educating Teens

I came across an article about a new program called COPE24 that’s being implemented in nearly twenty school districts in Missouri. The program aims to teach teenagers about the stresses of parenting and how to recognize neglect and abuse before they even become parents themselves. There are different forms of child abuse. These are: Sexual […]

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Do Toddlers Watch Too Much TV? This New Study Says They Do.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization made up of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health for all infants, children and adolescents. The organization published a news release recently with the following title: BABIES AND TODDLERS SHOULD LEARN FROM PLAY, NOT SCREENS They argue that it’s […]

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Parenting Advice from a Former Playmate?

I was reading Parenting.com today, and when I came across a blog post written by the site’s celebrity blogger Kendra Wilkinson. For those of you who don’t follow the celeb scene (I don’t, my wife does), Kendra Wilkinson is a star of the E! reality show The Girls Next Door. She’s also married to football […]

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A classic “saying no” problem with parents and kids

Today is Halloween. There are lots of excited kids everywhere, naturally. I happened to hear 4-year old child ask her mom today, “Mommy can I wear my costume tomorrow?” The mother replied, “No honey – it’s Halloween today. Tomorrow it’s over.” But the best part was what happened next. This little girl looks right up […]

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Tips for a Safe Halloween

I was looking through several parenting blogs today. I enjoyed reading this particular post over at TheMommyInsider.com. The author, Alicia Hagan, was writing about halloween safety tips. Here are a few of her tips that I think are worth repeating. Make sure that your child’s costume isn’t too long. They could trip and fall. Make […]

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Encouraging Kids to Solve Problems – Another Example

This morning I was working at my computer in my basement office. It just so happens that the office doubles as a play area for the kids. My youngest daughter was playing with her toys in the nook that we setup for them. I was busy working away on some new material for parent training. […]

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Parenting, Helicopters and Ostriches

Have you ever heard the expression “helicopter parent”? I’m sure many of you have. But in case you haven’t heard the phrase, it was coined in a book called Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster. W. Cline M.D. and Jim Fay, back in 1990. Helicopter parents are parents who hover continuously around their kids, […]

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First Day of School and the Happy Snappy Drop off

Photo Credit: Sean Lancaster As I write this it is one week until my youngest daughter starts Junior Kindergarten. It will be the first time we drop her off at a “big school”, rather than the preschool that she attended for the last two years. It got me thinking that a lot of parents are […]

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