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Handling Grandparents’ Visits

One of the common questions I get from parents is how to address all of the issues surrounding visits from grandparents and the inevitable complexities that arise. Grandparents treat kids very differently than we do as parents and therein lie the potential problems. Unless grandparents are involved in the day to day rearing of the […]

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Making the Most of Trips Out with Kids

As a new mom, I find myself observing other parents with children even more than usual. In the past, I seemed to focus on the kids. However, lately, I am watching parents and how they interact with and respond to their little ones. So, as I venture out with my son, I am acutely aware […]

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Helping Kids Listen to You: 5 Easy Steps

The class I teach at the University of South Florida is called Interpersonal Relations in Counseling. Despite its formal title, it is essentially a communications course. I spend an entire week covering the chapter on listening. What is interesting to me, and especially to students, is the marked difference in listening and hearing. One is […]

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Teaching Young Kids Manners

One of our greatest challenges as parents is to teach our children everything they need to function appropriately in the world. Initially, children learn the basics of language and communication and we think we have completed a major milestone. (more…)

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Raising Kids: Wisdom from The Dog Whisperer Revisited

In light of recent press (CNN, NYTimes) regarding Cesar’s techniques and application with kids, I thought I would revisit this article with some additional information. In my previous article (Raising Kids: Wisdom from The Dog Whisperer), I discussed the importance of the energy that we present to our kids, staying calm, and acknowledging good behavior. […]

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Discipline Tip- Stop Counting to Three!

When I was pregnant, my husband and I went to the beach a lot. I decided to make good use of my time there and observe families enjoying the beautiful Florida coast. One of the things that consistently stood out to me over the course of the weeks is that kids can be very stubborn! […]

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