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Apache Blackhawk Parenting

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A second-grade teacher writes: “I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a ‘mob mentality’ for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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Parents Helping with Homework

Posted 3 weeks ago

Q: I homeschooled my oldest, an 8-year-old boy, until this year. He started third grade in public school in August. As a homeschooling mom, I was not a micromanager and don’t want to...

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Teens & Sleep

Posted 4 weeks ago

New research finds that teens whose school days begin later than the national norm of approximately eight o’clock achieve at higher levels than teens who start school earlier. The...

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Parental Speech

Posted on 8/26/2014

As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today’s parents don’t say to...

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Simple Curiosity?

Posted on 8/19/2014

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to “touch” her. This has happened twice in recent...

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Video Games

Posted 1 week ago

I need more help in dealing with my question posted September 15. To my dismay I have come to find out that my almost 19 year old daughter was the one who started my now 12 year old son on the...

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19 year old With Tattoos

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Our 19 year old daughter has now gotten her third tattoo, we made it very clear how we felt about them. I wished my husband and I could have been on the same page in regards to laying down the law...

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Teens and Homework and the Internet

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Internet Guidelines again. As my kids get older and internet use becomes more ubiquitous, I'm finding it more and more challenging to know where to draw lines. I have three teens 13,15,17. Nearly...

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12 yo Hoarding

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How would you recommend handling a 12 year old girl who has hoarding tendencies? (The items do not come from us--mostly grandparents). She cries and says the items have memories. When birthdays...

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With Potty Training, Keep Expectations Realistic

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We are potty training our son (2.5 years old) and he has made great progress. He is at the point where he very rarely has all-out accidents (where he soils his pants) and he will go independently...

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