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Gentle Child Discipline

Timely Tips for Time-Outs
Tired of holding the bedroom door handle closed when your child is trying to leave during a time-out? Fed up with your child’s trashing his room during time-out? Frustrated because you can’t get your child to calm down and think about restitution during his time-out?

New Year’s Parenting Pledge
If you experience even a twinge of self-recognition in this incident, it's time to make a solid resolution as a parent. Ask yourself, "What resolution would make the biggest difference in my parenting?"

Using Guided Imagery With Your Child
Guided imagery is a dynamic way to increase a child’s chances for successful development of inner talents and personal resources. Parents, teachers and other service providers can use imagery with confidence to increase a child’s mental focus, help clarify values, increase study efficiency or instill other successful traits.

Yikes! My Kid is Stealing!
One of the more common problems that we as parents encounter (but that nobody likes to talk about) is what to do when your child steals. There are a number of different reasons children steal and a number of different ways to handle the problem. Whatever the reason a child is stealing, parents need to approach the problem with wisdom. If parents just react according to their natural inclination, their response will almost certainly be wrong and destructive.

What Do You Do When Your Kid is “Acting Up”?
There were probably good reasons why men were the ones who were out hunting big game for dinner while their wives stayed at home, many centuries ago. One reason is that men probably threw spears with a little better velocity. Another is that women seem a bit more comfortable in the midst of the emotional turmoil that constitutes family life.

My 8-year-old son has been lying quite a bit lately
While there’s no guarantee that your son will stop lying to you, it might be helpful to look at the reasons why he is. First of all, it’s not unusual for 8-year-olds to tell some lies. The reason he’s lying may be that he’s not feeling particularly secure with himself, or maybe he’s afraid of your response.

Our children interrupt our conversations constantly
Many parents admonish kids for interrupting, but in the same breath, they respond to the child’s interrupted request! Interrupting is habit forming. Like many annoying behaviors, once kids figure out that they can “get away with it,” the behavior will continue.

Disciplining an Infant: Are You Kidding?
The thought of disciplining a child in the first year of life seems wrong or even ridiculous. Yet every time an infant reaches up to tug his mother's hair and she gently removes his grasp, or when he pulls an unsafe object to his mouth and she intervenes, that's setting limits, that's redirecting, that's guidance — and yes, that's discipline. Effective discipline is not punishment. It's teaching. Discipline really starts from day one.

Our two boys, ages 7 and 9, are constantly fighting. The only thing that works is to separate them — my wife is with one, and I take the other. It's driving us nuts. Do you have any suggestions? Siblings will naturally vie for their parents’ attention, and fighting will be a part of that. It is completely normal. The problem with separating them too much is that they won't learn some of the skills that will help them to get along in the future.

Redefining "Grounding" for Your Teens
I invite you to ground yourself in love and compassion. For thousands of years, great, grounded teachers have exemplified the power of love and compassion to generate happiness and to feel the joy of being alive. Ground yourself in love and compassion, and you will feel that same joy.

Give Your Kids the “N” Word
What's your main purpose as a parent? Isn't it to prepare your kids to be happy, healthy, successful people in their own lives? What's the best way to do this? One effective method of preparing them for their own lives is to give them a heavy dose of the word that not enough kids are getting today. That word is the "N" word -- the word “no.”

Spanking in early childhood and later behavior problems
Spanking prior to age 2 is correlated with behavior problems at school age. This was the primary finding in a study done by researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Mother-Child sample.

Keep Your Kids From Fighting - Fighting Kids - Fighting Siblings
Fighting among siblings is as natural as the changing of the seasons. All parents will have to deal with it. There are some simple things we can do to limit fighting and make it tolerable.

Of Conflict and Control - Kid Discipline
All at once I felt compassion, disgust, understanding and anger. I was also in the middle of a campaign to let my son "take care of himself" and not depend on his dad to take care of him.

To Spank Your Child or Not to Spank?
We know that our father must have been trying to teach a lesson. The lesson, however, has been lost. The memory of the spanking is all that remains.

What Does Spanking Teach My Child?
Most parents reach this point with their kids. We feel as though we can't take any more of what our kids are dishing out. It usually happens when we're tired, stressed and overdone.

Get Your Toddler to Cooperate - Parenting Toddlers
It’s delightful to see how a potentially negative situation can be turned into a fun experience by changing a child’s focus to fantasy.

Siblings Articles and Sibling Rivalry

Siblings Fighting
Tips to Build Sibling Attachment
Siblings at the Baby’s Birth?
How do we know if we’re ready to have another baby?
How to Help Your Marriage Survive a New Baby

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Natural Parenting

Pitching In: Simple Ways to Get Your Family Involved
When Your Parenting Comes Under Fire
Should Both Parents Work? Should One Stay at Home?
Playdates for Parents
Is it ok to spoil your kids?
Unplugging your family

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Your Child's Feelings and Emotional Intelligence

Build Your Child’s Emotional Toolkit
What You Say and What Your Children Hear
Helping Kids Cope With News of War
Top Ten Ways to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids
Be Smart With Your Children’s Feelings
How You Can Teach Your Child Respect
Teaching Responsibility - Responsible Children
The Hidden Messages of Parenting
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Natural Fathering Articles

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Stories
Help Your Hubby Support Breastfeeding
Help For Overwhelmed Fathers
Natural Fathering - Save Memories of Your Children
Fathers, Tell Your Stories
Top 10 Common Sense Rules for Fathers

Parenting Stress

How to Help Your Marriage Survive a New Baby
When It’s More Than the “Baby Blues”
I Yelled at My Kids
My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!
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Positive Parenting Articles

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Stories
Getting Kids to Organize Themselves

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Kids From Fighting
10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk to You
Give Your Kids Household Chores!
Encourage Children to Play Naturally
Getting Your Kids to Cooperate
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Homeschooling

How to Homeschool Your Child
Building the Unschooling or Homeschooling Village
I do not feel qualified to teach my children
Husband's involvement in homeschooling
Multiple Kids
How should we structure our school year?
Science in the Blink of an Eye

Unschooling

Building the Unschooling or Homeschooling Village
Can a Single Parent Unschool?

Isn't “unschooling” just a fancy way of saying you ignore your children? Is that even legal?

Attachment Parenting Articles

Create a Peaceful Home Sanctuary
Long Term Attachment Parenting

Can There Be Too Much? - Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style Differences

Caring vs. Caring Too Much
Learning All Day Long
Falling off the AP Wagon
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