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Kids Misbehaving? It All Works Out In The End

The other day it was my cousin's birthday and from what I understand he was quite a handful as a kid. His brother posted this on Facebook: Sure, your kid is covered in dirt now. And yeah, your kindergartener just got suspended for biting a 5th grader. They barf on the dentist. They barf on sleepovers. Maybe they put off doing their homework. Again. Maybe they deferred their college education to join the military. Indefinitely. But maybe – just maybe – after all the worrying and wondering, your kid will turn out just as awesome, … [Read More...]

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Losing The NBA Championship: It’s Okay Cleveland

It's a bit of a rainy day for us here in Cleveland. Literally and figuratively. Our Cleveland Cavaliers were heading for an NBA Championship and last night after putting up a great fight and playing their hearts out, they lost. So everybody in my house is a bit down in the dumps, even the people who don't care about sports, (me and my daughter) because my husband and boys were so hopeful, they were having such a good time, and then their hopes were dashed. As I write this, I feel a bit silly. I know deep down, there are worse things that … [Read More...]

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Sibling Rivalry: Are You The Referee?

Sibling Rivalry is one of the toughest things we need to deal with as parents. Kids often fight and they often complain: “I always have to do everything!” or “Why don’t you ask, Sam? Why do you always ask me?” Kids have a running tab in their head of who has done what. Each child has different ideas of what they consider fair and just. So even though you may tell Sara to sweep because Eli just helped you with the baby, Sara, might remember that she swept last time and really it should be Eli’s turn. You don’t want to get embroiled … [Read More...]

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How To Talk To Other People’s Kids

Dear Adina, Just earlier today, I came home to find three kids from my neighbourhood hanging outside my block. Because of problems, I heard they were no longer allowed in the block. So I said hello, asked them if they were okay, then asked them why they’re not allowed in the block. They said they were, but I said I heard different. They then voiced their opinions about how neighbours have been snitching on them, and how that’s how it is at school. I then reflected their concerns, but didn’t get them to come up with their own … [Read More...]

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Parenting With Confidence: Look Within Yourself

We should never compare our kids to other kids or even their siblings. However it is even more important that we do not compare ourselves to other parents. We need to avoid the, “If only I parented like Sara, and had kids like Eli, everything would be great!” Haim Ginott, an eminent psychologist in the 1960’s and 70’s addressed this issue in his parenting classes. One mother was feeling badly because her child had asked her to volunteer to be the class mother and she told him no. She complained to Dr. Ginott:, “What’s the matter with me?” … [Read More...]

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

                What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier […]

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Whose Report Card Is It Anyway? Encourage Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their School Work

I remember the feeling of anticipation and nervousness in elementary school when report cards were handed out. I wasn’t the greatest student but I always did okay, A’s, B’s and once in a while a few C’s. Whatever I did get my parents were pretty cool about it. They knew I was an avid reader […]

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5 Surefire Ways To Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Every parent messes up. We say things we don’t mean. We yell at our kids because we are tired. We sometimes blame our children for things they never did. We may accuse our children of behaving badly when that was never their intention. We act in a way that we swore we would never act. […]

Moms Have Got A Lot To Do: Manage Your Time Effectively

Sometimes I feel like my world is spinning out of control. There is always so much to do, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. In our fast paced world it is important to stop and think about effective ways to manage our time. Julie Morgenstern, in her book “Time Management from the Inside Out” advises […]