Sep
08
Inside the Mind of Teens
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 Following is a guest post by Vanessa Van Petten, creator of RadicalParenting.com a parenting website written from the teen perspective to help parents understand them. She is also the author of the parenting book, “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” (http://www.radicalparenting.com/books-and-products/book-youre-grounded/)   When I was 16 I thought it was my [...]

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Jul
18
Words of Wisdom
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A kind word can change a life. Even when it seems as if children aren’t listening, they do value your expertise and rely on your support. One of the many priveleges I enjoy as a mother and an educator is the opportunity to impart wisdom to young people.  I’ve had a new opportunity to do [...]

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Apr
23
Gossip
Filed Under (parenting tips, Something To Think About)

Be honest, did you read the title of this article and feel drawn to hear the dish?  Was there even a hint of interest in something that might surprise you, wow you, or horrify you?  If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.  People are drawn to gossip like mosquitoes to a lamp.  Similar to entranced insects, we should [...]

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Dec
19
Santa’s Helpers
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It’s handy to have a 13 year old girl around.  No, I’m not being facetious.  This busy holiday season has opened my eyes to the benefits of having a teen in the family.  Among the perks I’ve recently enjoyed, my teen: Decorated the house with her siblings - including retrieving decorations from the basement.  Imagine my [...]

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Oct
26
Tough Love
Filed Under (parenting tips, self-esteem)

It started with a simple matching game.  My four year old daughter and I sat together in a pile of clean laundry on the bed.  “Let’s see who can find the most pair of socks that match.”  A chore turned into play.  Matching socks progressed to folding washcloths then to putting clothes in drawers and [...]

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