Correcting Children/Picking Your Battles – An Expanded Common Sense Tip

There are many things that need to happen every day to help home life run smoothly. Everyone in a family has places to go, tasks to do and/or contributions to make to keep things in
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Helping an Angry Tween

Laura was 11, her younger brother, Aaron, was 8. Her family was going through a challenging economic period and there was plenty of stress at home. Laura, like many oldest siblings, was particularly affected by
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Staying Calm with An Active Child

Alisa and Ivan’s son, Henry, was a child who loved to move and hated to sit still. He was happiest when playing outdoors. Running, swimming, and bike or scooter riding were some of his favorite
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Crying

Some children need to “have a good cry” when they are upset. If a parent can let the cry “run its course”, reacting with care rather than interference, sometimes a child can feel and act
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“You Don’t Love Me! I Don’t Want to Go to School!”

Dear Sharon, How do you respond to a child who says “You don’t love me…. if you did you wouldn’t send me to school.” Dear Parent, Dramatic statements such as “You don’t love me!” or
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When Can “Time Outs” Work?

“Time outs” can work best when they offer a “cooling off” period for child and/or parent. If someone can get “their head on straight” from a break in the upheaval then usually things get better.

My Child Doesn’t Want to go to School!

Dear Sharon, My daughter is five and has been to a Pre school where we had no problem. Suddenly she doesn’t want to go to school. Our mornings are crazy. Kindergarten is great! Why doesn’t
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Things to Keep in Mind when Your Child is “Acting Up.”

Stressors from in or outside the home often contribute to a child’s problematic behavior. It can help for parents to follow one or more of these suggestions if possible: 1. identify and lessen the troubling
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Helping a Recalcitrant Child

E. was the Mom of a just turned 5 year old daughter, G. They had a close relationship and spent many hours each day together. They especially enjoyed doing crafts projects even though G. would
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Planning Ahead

Many children repeat challenging behavior and parents understandably hope that these troublesome moments will somehow be better “tomorrow.” As children grow things do change but even so it can help if parents keep track of
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