Category - Parenting

Battling — and winning — the homework wars

The new school year marks many new beginnings for families with school-age children. It means returning to a more structured routine, setting an alarm clock each morning, getting to know a new teacher, and for many parents, it also means another round of battling the homework wars. Homework is an essential part of learning While […]

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When your child starts asking questions about sex, it’s time to start talking

It’s a conversation many parents would like to put off as long as possible, but when your children start asking questions about sex, it’s time to start talking. Many children will begin asking questions at an early age. It’s not uncommon for pre-schoolers to ask where babies come from when their mothers or other women […]

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Social support as important as homework help

A new school year often brings with it a big dose of conflicting emotions. While children may be excited for a new year, new teachers and new friendships, they may also find those same things anxiety inducing, especially for kids who struggle with social problems. Those mixed emotions are even more pronounced for middle school […]

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Saying goodbye to your college freshman: Last-minute tips to ease the transition

It’s the moment you’ve been preparing for essentially since birth: that moment when you hug your college freshman as they head into their first apartment or dorm room and you get in your car and drive away. It’s a scenario many parents will face in the next few weeks as their high school graduates leave […]

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Saying goodbye to your college freshman: Last-minute tips to ease the transition

It’s the moment you’ve been preparing for essentially since birth: that moment when you hug your child as they head into their first apartment or dorm room and you get in your car and drive away. Sending a child to college isn’t easy. Mixed feelings about sending a child to college It’s a scenario many […]

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Grandparenting at its best

Many middle-aged and senior adults will tell you one of the best things about getting older is becoming a grandparent. Often the joy of grandparenting rivals that of parenting, but it comes without the exhausting responsibility of raising the child. The benefits of inter-generational relationships are significant. For both generations, healthy relationships mean extended family […]

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Keep birth order in perspective

Birth order is one of those interesting but gray areas in the study of human behavior where nature and nurture collide, and the temptation to explain rather than address can be considerable. Understanding it, however, is no different than understanding anything else about your natural inclinations — especially when used for insight and not excuse-making. […]

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Kids’ IQ — Reflecting nature or nurture?

It’s not uncommon for doting parents to mark every developmental milestone of their young children. Often, they look for indications their child is somehow gifted — that he or she will have extraordinary qualities to share with the world. What those parents may not realize is that very attentiveness may actually increase the odds of […]

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Difficult conversations with children require forethought

For all life’s joys, it also brings its share of challenges, including when it comes to having difficult conversations with children. As parents, we hope to postpone many of those challenges for our children, but they come sooner or later. The way we talk with our children through difficult conversations and times can make a […]

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13 Reasons Why discussion guide offers help for parents

When “13 Reasons Why” aired its first season last year, teens watched—so much so that season two is now running. The show deals with heavy topics of teen depression and suicide and how others’ actions may contribute. If teens want to watch the show (other children are probably too young), parents should watch with them […]

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