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Should parents use food as a reward for good behavior?

Many experts opine that food should not be used as a reward for kids’ good behavior.  They cite the following. It can lead to kids seeing food as an indulgence, then over-indulging as they age, and then becoming obese (with all the concomitant risks associated with obesity). Not only is reward food typically high in […]

Warning Signs That You Are an Annoying School Parent

We all know that there are “those” parents . . . the ones that annoy teachers, administration, and the other parents in the school.  How do you know if you ARE those parents?  If you ask yourself the questions below and find that many of the questions below do, indeed, apply to you, then you […]

Most Important Questions for Your Daycare Parent Teacher Conference

You will be meeting with your child’s daycare teacher to hear how your child has been doing in daycare.  Here are some of the most important questions to ask your child’s daycare teacher. How is my child doing? (general question) How are my child’s social skills? Does s/he have good relationships with his/her classmates? Does […]

Separation Anxiety In Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

Your child is starting preschool or kindergarten.  He is social, happy, and well adjusted; he’s enjoyed a variety of play dates and activities that occurred in your absence; so you’re surprised by his sudden separation anxiety when you drop him off for his first day of preschool or kindergarten.  Though you are surprised, you are […]

How to Tell Your Kids There Has Been a Death in the Family

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about the death.  Speak openly with your kids about the death, how it will affect them, and the spiritual elements of mortality.  For example, you may say, “Uncle Joe died peacefully in his sleep today while you were at school.  I know you will […]

Telling Kids You Can’t Afford Extra Activities

Be honest with your kids about what you can afford and what their options are.  For example, you may say, “I know you really wanted to go on that week-long field trip for school.  It sounds like a lot of fun, but it costs more than we can afford.  We can start a savings account […]

What to Tell your Kids if You Can’t Afford Their College of Choice

Be honest with your child about what you can afford and what his/her options are.  For example, you may say, “I know you really wanted to go there.  It’s a great school with a great program in your intended major . . . and several of your friends are intending to go there too, so […]

How to Tell the Kids When You Are Getting a Divorce

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family that you’re getting a divorce.   Provide them the comfort of knowing that their parents still love one another but simply cannot live together as husband and wife.  Reassure them that this is not because of the kids or anything that they said or did […]

How to Make Your Child More Independent

You want to encourage your child to be an independent person.  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that objective. Lead by example.  Be independent yourself.  Speak with your child about why independence is important to you and how you manifest independence in your own life.  For example, you may say, “Have you […]