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Why Hire a Babysitter?

You are a first-time parent.  Why should you hire a babysitter for your new little bundle of joy? 1.      So you and your spouse or partner can have a date night periodically.  These date nights keep the spark going in your relationship when breast pumps, dirty diapers, and regurgitated milk would otherwise diminish the spark. […]

Parents Who Decide Not to Have Any More Kids

What do parents consider when deciding whether or not they should have any more kids?  Many factors are considered, some of which are unique to the family involved, but the most common considerations for whether or not to have any more kids are as follows. * emotions-do the parents miss the sounds, smells, and feel […]

Cooking for Picky Kids

Your kids are picky eaters.  How do you get them to try something new?  Or just eat their veggies? 1. Allow your kids to help plan the menus. If they have voice in their meals, they are more likely to accept those meals. 2. Have your kids help you prepare the meals. Let your kids […]

Do You Help your Child Too Much?

Helicopter parents.  It’s a term that references parents who hover over their kids, knee-deep in everything their kids do.  Helicopter parents, while well-intentioned, end up creating a sense of dependence in their kids.  Kids of helicopter parents feel it’s necessary to get their parents’ blessing or feedback on almost everything that the kids do.  As […]

The Perfectionist Child

Your child is a perfectionist.  For example, in learning to print the alphabet, she erases and re-writes every letter that is not perfectly written.  She proceeds to feel bad about herself for her failure to write her alphabet perfectly.  She experiences this as a personal failure. You are pleased to see your child’s desire to […]

Helping Your Child Cope with Disappointments

Life is filled with good times and bad.  Disappointments happen.  Healthy, successful individuals handle disappointments with grace.  How can you teach your child to handle disappointments well? As a parent, you should have appropriate expectations regarding the learning process. Handling disappointments well is a matter of maturity. It is unreasonable to expect a toddler to […]

Stay-at-Home Moms Going Back to Work

You have two grade-school aged children at home, and you have loved being able to be a stay-at-home mom for them.  With pressures from the current economy, however, you now need to re-enter the workforce.  How do you address your feelings of guilt for leaving your children while you go to work?  How do you […]

What Do You Do with Your Kids When School Is Not in Session?

You work a full-time job.  Your three kids, all school-aged, have summer breaks, Christmas breaks, and various other weekdays off periodically throughout the year.  What do you do with your kids when they are not in school but you need to be at work? You can ask a friend or family member to watch your […]

When You Disagree with Your Child’s Teacher

Parents and teachers can’t agree 100% of the time.  Whether parents and teachers experience differences over teaching methods, a specific grade on a test or homework, or some other element of the educational experience, parents have tough decisions to make about how to handle those differences.  What follows are some tips on how to handle […]

Bolstering Your Child’s Self Esteem

Most blogs on bolstering your child’s self-esteem focus on praising your child frequently and with specificity; redirecting (not criticizing) your child’s behavior only when truly warranted and only in a calm, constructive manner; frequently speaking about and consistently living your values (including that people are inherently valuable, regardless of their gender, race, weight, etc.);  leading […]