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3 Rules for Taking Kids to Restaurants

Posted 6 days ago

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Daniel Eddy, a New York City chef, on how to have a mutually-successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant (“How to Take Your Kids...

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"Because I Said So"

Posted 1 week ago

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s was “Children deserve reasons.” To large degree, that was a reaction to the...

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Roll With Young Adult's Self-Absorption

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: What can we reasonably expect of our 18-year-old daughter when she comes home on weekends from her summer job? She usually heads straight to her boyfriend's family’s home and rolls in around 3...

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Have a Game Plan for Daughter's Anxiety

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must...

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Your Child Doesn't Need a Smart Phone

Posted on 6/21/2016

Q: Our 12-year-old has a smart phone. I know you don’t approve, but all—and I do mean all—of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don’t think, under the circumstances, that...

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Monitoring Cell Phone Texts with Apps

Posted on 6/4/2016

Along with the majority, if not all of his friends, our middle school aged son has a cellular phone. It seems that most parents monitor their child's text message activity. Applications are...

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Motivating Homeschooled Children

Posted on 5/10/2016

I homeschool my three children. Their ages are 8, 6, and 5. The older two have a very poor attitude about doing school, especially math, and the younger one is starting to pick up that attitude...

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Feelings Hurt Among Three Friends

Posted on 4/19/2016

We're having a little "drama" between three 11 year old (5th grade) boys. All three boys are the youngest of four siblings in their families. Two of the boys are cousins, one is a mutual friend...

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Six Month Old Refusing Baby Food

Posted on 9/5/2014

My 6 month old is having a very hard time adjusting to eating baby food. He cries and screams and flings his body away trying to avoid the spoon. I tried singing to him and making it more fun and...

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8 Year Old With Adult-Manufactured Test Anxiety

Posted on 3/4/2014

My 8-year-old son (2nd grade) is having test anxiety at school, or is being labeled that by the school and his mom. He is about half way into the school year and getting D's in math and english. ...

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