Have a hitting toddler, a mouthy grade-schooler or a defiant teen? Time for some loving discipline. But take note: modern kids require a new brand of parental guidance.
The Christmas gifts are wrapped and piled in a beautiful array under the tree. When the children open them, some of their holiday dreams will come true and everyone will be filled with holiday joy. Now, fast forward to a week or two later, and those longed-for toys and games are either broken or they’ve become just another part of the possession pile - almost passé.
Are your routines working? We have routines for bedtimes and getting out the door in the morning, for homework and meals to make life easier. As kids grow and family situations change, we need to adjust our routines. Sometimes routines evolve, but other times you’ll need to fiddle with things to find a new solution.
In the world of child abuse prevention, talking about secrets is very important. Children often tell secrets to friends or siblings and the secrets are often harmless. But sometimes secrets can be dangerous or hurtful to others. Helping children differentiate between ‘okay’ and ‘not okay’ secrets is useful, but others suggest not doing secrets at all. So what’s the big deal?
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