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Establishing Good Eating Guidelines in Your Home
by Evelyn Petersen

Eating properly is not only a matter of health, but a life skill that includes social skills which your children must be taught. You can only turn bad eating habits around by making it clear that they must STOP, and […]


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Teaching About Geography At Home
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Recent studies have shown that our kids possess a relatively meager understanding of the geography of the country and the world. Naturally this has been made even more difficult by the radical changes occurring in the boundaries of many nations […]


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What to do with Tattle Tails
by Evelyn Petersen

Children don’t just tattle for attention; they do it because they feel smart and important when they observe something and report it to you. When the “reports” are always negative, it is annoying and unproductive. However, there is a way […]


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A new look at “boy-crazy” girls
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

She may call a boy she likes ten or more times a day, perhaps leaving suggestive messages on the answering machine. She may write a boy notes that would make even the most liberal grown Child of the Sixties (or […]


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Encouraging Reading
by Vicki Lansky

Don’t waste your time lecturing your child on the importance of reading; it will probably fall on deaf ears. Let a child see you reading and writing for the practical reasons, as well as for pleasure. • You can encourage […]


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Report Cards
by Vicki Lansky

The report card is an important part of a child’s life, an affirmation of effort, even if the grades aren’t the greatest. If you think back to your school days, you’ll probably remember a few cards that you worried about […]


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The Bully At The Bus Stop
by Vicki Lansky

What is there that makes you madder than finding out that your child is being pestered by a bully at the bus stop? Most frustrating is the fact that if it’s serious, physical bullying, it’s best to just stand by […]


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Riding The School Bus
by Vicki Lansky

The school bus rules might be the first piece of homework your child brings home, and the school bus might be the first mode of public transportation he or she takes alone. It’s important that rules be followed for everyone’s […]


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The Tooth Fairy
by Vicki Lansky

The tooth fairy’s arrival is an important part of the magic of the school age years. Let your child know early on that the tooth fairy pays more for a perfect than for a decayed one. Have the tooth fairy […]


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Playing Games Successfully With Your Kids
by Vicki Lansky

Kids in the middle years are great game players, and games help to develop many kinds of social and intellectual skills. Allow the kids to be flexible about rules; there’s no reason they can’t make up their own as long […]


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