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What Are Some Basic First Books For Children?
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Believe me, there is no best list for first books, and there are no rules. If there is some book that you yourself were particularly fond of as a child, your own enthusiasm in now reading it to your child […]


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“I Hate You!”
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

When young children are angry, they scream or throw a tantrum. As they get older they say hurtful things like “I hate you!”. When they’re mad, they go right for the jugular. How should you respond? First, respect your child’s […]


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Interrupting Guests
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Children should not be allowed to interrupt brief visits by your friends. After an initial greeting and some brief attention, your child should not be allowed to crawl on guests, or to interrupt the adult conversation. Your friends will appreciate […]


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Spoiled Kids
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

A spoiled child makes unfair demands on others, doesn’t respond to “no”, and constantly wants an adult to entertain him. The spoiled child gets his way with whining and tantrums. Spoiled children aren’t happy because they don’t get along well […]


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Saying “No” to Kids
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Don’t be afraid to say “no” to your child. Children need limits. If you don’t make the rules, your child will. Left to their own devices, most children will spoil themselves, so start rules to protect your sanity by four […]


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Refusing To Get Dressed On Time
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

You’re trying to leave for work, a dental appointment, or an errand, but your child isn’t dressed. What to do about this procrastination? • First, give your child ten minutes warning before departure. Use a kitchen timer and encourage her […]


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Overweight Pre-Schoolers
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Over eating and under exercising are habits that children pick up early in life. With each passing year they’re more difficult to change. The easiest years for helping a child maintain a healthy weight are during the first five years […]


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Nudity
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Feelings about nudity vary from family to family. Exposure to nudity with siblings or the parent of the same sex is fine and probably will continue indefinitely in locker rooms and so forth, but nudity with the parent or sibling […]


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Hitting And Fighting
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

We need to teach our children not to hurt other children. Hitting, slapping, pinching, scratching, shoving, knocking down, hair pulling and biting are all unacceptable behaviors. Clarify for your child, “We don’t hit. We don’t hurt people. Disagreements are settled […]


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Finicky Eaters
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Children of all ages and most adults have some food dislikes. If this is the case in your home consider the following: • First, most complaints are about vegetables such as spinach or broccoli. Vegetables are over rated. There are […]


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