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Getting Ready For The School Year: Helping Kids Cope With Frustration: Part 2

In our last post we answered the following question from a Parentingsimply.com fan: My daughter is often complaining about her day in school. She seems to do well academically and has friends. She just seems to take things to heart and does not seem to be able to cope with life. I vacillate between saying, "You shouldn't worry, you are smart and a good friend" and "You complain about everything and need to stop." Nothing seems to work. Any ideas on what I can do to help her stop complaining and start coping? We spoke about the fact … [Read More...]

Back to school

Getting Ready For The School Year: Helping Kids Cope With Frustration

Dear Adina, My daughter is often complaining about her day in school. She seems to do well academically and has friends. She just seems to take things to heart and does not seem to be able to cope with life. I vacillate between saying, "You shouldn't worry, you are smart and a good friend" and "You complain about everything and need to stop." Nothing seems to work. Any ideas on what I can do to help her stop complaining and start coping? Thanks for your question. Most kids whine and complain about school and it can be frustrating … [Read More...]

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Sibling Rivalry: My Kids Are Fighting Over Their Legos All The Time!

Dear Adina, I was wondering if you could advise me. I have a 7year old, Sam and 3 year old boy, Eli, who both love and fight over Legos. They share a room and both have their own sets which end up in one big bucket. This is a huge problem. Thanks for any help you can give. Thanks so much for your question. It is one that makes me feel nostalgic. We had the same problem with our boys! Now they are older and they don't really play with legos anymore! The first thing that comes to mind is to throw this question out to your kids and have … [Read More...]

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Summer Vacation: The Ultimate Family Bonding Experience

In the New York Times about a year ago there was an article done about Marshall Duke a psychologist at Emory University. He was asked to explore ritual and myth in American families. What he has found is that children who know a lot about their families and their histories tend to do better when they face challenges. “The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned.” Duke and his colleagues … [Read More...]

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Authentic Happiness: Teaching Kids To Be Happy

We all know that deep down, happiness is not acquiring the latest gadget, the prettiest wife, the newest car, the biggest house or the best job. Experts conclude that being happy is a state of mind. Teaching kids true authentic happiness starts at home and starts with our attitude. Here are some simple ways that to make our homes and our kids truly happy: 1. Be Upbeat: I am glass half full kind of person so being happy is pretty easy for me. However, studies have show that even grumpy people can learn to be positive. What does it … [Read More...]

Parenting Responsible Children

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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 […]

Nurture Yourself

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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 […]