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Do you remember when the only television at home was in the family room? Or when your family traveled in the car and everybody looked for license plates from all 50 states? Now, practically every vehicle has a DVD player and every home has several televisions.
When you're out and about, chances are good that you'll see people walking around playing Pokémon Go on their phones. The best estimate is around 9.5 million people are leaving the comforts of home and braving the intense summer heat to play this game on a daily basis.Some complain about the gaming app for various reasons – people coming on private property, those who are distracted and walk into crowded intersections, the driver who hit a parked police cruiser while trying to cat…
In addition to sending her own two sons to college, Rose-Marie Hippler helps hundreds of families get ready for the college sendoff."Having been through this personally as well as professionally, I bring experience and expertise to parents and their young adults as they leap into the next phase of life," says Hippler, who has a master's of social work and is an independent educational consultant at Winter Park College Consultants."There are usually a lot of emotions stirring a…
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For more than 40 years, Lynn and Pat Panter have been hosting family dinner on Sundays."It's funny, this is just something we have always done," says Lynn Panter. "When our children were little, we had Sunday dinner. As they got older, we kept on doing it.
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Is it possible that a skinned knee, failure on a test and not planning your child’s life completely is really a good thing? Dr. Wendy Mogel, clinical psychologist and author of The Blessing of the Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus, would say yes.”The biggest problem I see today is that loving, devoted parents, armed with good intentions, treat their children like royalty,” says Mogel.
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Do you know where your grandparents grew up, where your parents went to school or how they met and fell in love? Do you remember sitting around the dinner table or hearing extended family sharing stories about the past, perhaps over the holidays? Stories like, “When I was your age, we walked five miles uphill in the snow to get to school.”Although this information might have seemed frivolous and useless at the time, you might want to rethink the importance of those stories at extende…
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The former professional athlete sat in the therapist’s office, sobbing. He and his wife had taken away their daughter’s cellphone the day before. While watching television that night, a picture of the boy their daughter was “talking” to popped up.
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Every fall, children head back to school. While some will be going for the first time, others will be making the transition to a new grade or perhaps even a new school.Transitioning into a new school year can be exciting, but some children are fearful. Thoughts about new teachers, concerns over moving to a new school or anxiety about a new grade are all things your child may be thinking, but not talking about.No matter the age of your child, this is an important time of year for them.
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When Barbara Dafoe Whitehead was a girl, her father gave her some rules for selecting a husband.He should be a man of good character and conscience.He should be a man who will make a good father and be a good provider.The last rule was: No asthmatics. (Her father was a doctor and an asthmatic.)Dafoe Whitehead has been married to a man who exuded all of these qualities for more than 40 years. The one area in which she rebelled: her husband is an asthmatic.“Things are different now for girls…
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There is a commercial on television showing a father and his very inquisitive daughter sharing a meal together. Rapid fire, she asks why the sky is blue, why zebras have stripes, if turtles like cheese, why she has fingerprints, etc. For each question, the dad gets a little help from an insurance agent who is seated right behind him.
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The Science of Childhood: Inside the Minds of Our Younger Selves, is a Time magazine special edition. It examines everything from understanding child development and dealing with temper tantrums to the science of play and the secrets of birth order. It’s part of an effort to help parents and other caregivers better understand how children learn and what everyone can do to help children thrive.Since 2015, the Early Childhood Coalition, which consists of 30 organizations, has been working th…
Technology, such as the Internet, smartphones, and social media, can have great benefits in helping your children form and maintain relationships. At the same time, if not used with limits and guidance by your children, such use may prevent them from developing the essential relationship qualities and skills that have allowed us to make real connections and build real relationships for ages.There is certainly a place for children to have online relationships, but they are no substitute for the d…
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Imagine walking out of your bedroom on the second floor and seeing your two-year-old climbing the outside of the staircase. That’s exactly what happened to Hal Runkel, marriage and family therapist and bestselling author of ScreamFree Parenting.“My son looked up at me with a smile on his face and said, ‘Hi Daddy!’” says Runkel. “He was over five feet off the ground.
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According to Dr. Kathy Koch, educator, founder of Celebrate Kids, and author of 8 Great Smarts, every person, young and old, needs to know they are smart.“Smart is a powerful word,” says Koch. “When children discover that they are smart, they are more willing to engage with all of life, including school.
Did you know…Babies can hear three months before they are born?80 percent of a child’s brain development happens in the first three years?On average, the ratio of reprimands, warnings or scolding to praise or encouragement is 12 to 1 for children in low-income families?A major study showed that by age 2, less-advantaged children were six months behind the highly-advantaged in language processing skills?During a visit to Chattanooga, Dr. Ron Ferguson, adjunct lecturer in public polic…
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Brooke Womack was sure there was an intruder in their house when she heard noises coming from their family room at two in the morning. In reality, it was just their toddler, Marshall, who had escaped from his bedroom and came downstairs to watch Veggie Tales."After nearly having heart failure, we told him to go back to bed," said Womack. "It is funny now, but it was not funny at the time."Walking through toddlerhood with your child can feel like a never-ending roller coaster …
It was a typical morning around the house. Between dressing and feeding the kids and making herself look presentable, this mom wondered if she even knew who she was anymore. She enjoyed her children, but always felt like she lived in the mommy fog and had no time for herself.
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At the beginning of the school year, a second grade teacher in Texas sent this letter home to her classroom parents:After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance.
How do you feel when your child has a meltdown? You probably do everything you can think of to help them, but absolutely nothing works. It could be in the store checkout line, at bedtime, the second you walk in your friend’s house or at a birthday party.
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