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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 3 weeks ago

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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Parental Anxiety

Posted on 8/12/2014

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet...

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Question of the Week...

12 yo Hoarding

Posted 5 days ago

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

Posted 1 week ago

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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10 yo Threatening to Hurt Self

Posted 1 week ago

My 10 year old son is gifted, plays piano concertos with local orchestras, reads a lot, loves math, enjoys soccer and is very loving to his siblings and parents. Once in a while, like with every...

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5 yo and 3 yo Disobedience and the Ticket System

Posted 1 week ago

5 year-old daughter and 3 year-old son. We’re at our wits end with both of them. 5YO used to be the easiest kid, always listened and did what we said. Now it depends on the day. She may decide...

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Entertain Yourself

Posted 1 week ago

How long is it fair to expect a 15 month old to entertain himself? Will it spoil him if I sit in his play area with him when he plays since otherwise he cries and screams (for a VERY long time)?

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Mama's Boys

Posted 1 week ago

My two boys (5 and 2 1/2) are big time mama's boys. They fight over whose teeth I am going to brush, who is going to sit beside me on the couch, who can give me a hug, who I am putting to bed......

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