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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
How to Establish Intrinsic Inspiration in Your Kid

How to Establish Intrinsic Inspiration in Your Kid

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Photo: Shutterstock “I take away his phone and he behaves for three days and then goes right back to the back-talking and crappy attitude. I don’t understand why he doesn’t just... learn!” My ex was talking about our 13-year-old son, and I completely empathized with his frustration. Not just for this particular unwanted behavior, either—sometimes…
Do Not Let Your Kid Bully Their Brother Or Sister

Do Not Let Your Kid Bully Their Brother Or Sister

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Photo: Shutterstock Siblings are going to fight. They’re going to poke at each other on long (or short) car rides. They’re going to push to be the first one out the door. They’re going to wrestle for control of the TV remote. After a while, it can start to sound like the regular background noise…
Assist Children Relax With a ‘Brain Video Game’

Assist Children Relax With a ‘Brain Video Game’

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Photo: Shutterstock The thing about toddlers is that they’re mind-numbingly irrational. It’s not their fault, of course. It’s going to be a solid two decades before those brains are fully developed and able to offer up true logical reasoning to the world, but still. It’s frustrating. No parent enjoys the tantrum management that comes with…
Frame Your Kid’s Misdeed as Uncharacteristic

Frame Your Kid’s Misdeed as Uncharacteristic

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Photo: Unsplash When your kid does something you’re not pleased with, it’s easy to connect the behavior to their identity. “You always interrupt people. Please stop.” “Look at this table. You’re so disorganized.” “You left your water bottle at camp again? Such a forgetful child!” Even if your intent is to make them more self-aware,…
Why Your Young Child Gets Mad When You Provide What They Desired

Why Your Young Child Gets Mad When You Provide What They...

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As soon as kids begin to talk—or even non-verbally indicate a preference—we start to give them choices. Do you want to wear the red shirt or the yellow shirt?Would you like a peanut butter or grilled cheese sandwich for lunch? Should we read Goodnight Moon or The Very Hungry Caterpillar? We’re trying to give them…
How to Manage a Public Young Child Temper Tantrum

How to Manage a Public Young Child Temper Tantrum

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We were in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. My daughter—who was two at the time—refused to get into her car seat. I tried coaxing her calmly, and then not calmly at all. Soon, it was a scene. She screamed as I wrangled her flailing body, my foot stretched out behind me to stop my shopping…
Stop Punishing Your Kid’s Etiquette

Stop Punishing Your Kid’s Etiquette

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Photo: Pexels Sometimes, I come across parenting advice that makes me uncomfortable, and that’s because I feel exposed. This happened when I read a Tumblr post by an author who goes by Olofa. The title: “Do not punish the behavior you want to see.” I am not snarky with my 6-year-old, but there have certainly…
Pretend Your Kids Can’t Hear You Compliment Them

Pretend Your Kids Can’t Hear You Compliment Them

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Think for a moment about how it feels when your boss gives you a compliment about your work on a project. Now think how it feels when you overhear your boss singing your praises to another manager. The first one feels good in a “Oh yay, they noticed how hard I worked on that” sort…
How to Leave a Fight of Wills With Your Kid

How to Leave a Fight of Wills With Your Kid

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Every now and then, I feel it happen. I feel myself getting sucked into an argument with my eight-year-old son over the simplest of things. The type of outerwear needed on a particular day, maybe, or where a certain toy should be stored. And because he and I are a lot alike (let’s call us…
Assist Your Kid Face Peer Pressure With the ‘Big Rock’ Metaphor

Assist Your Kid Face Peer Pressure With the ‘Big Rock’ Metaphor

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When the other middle school kids go low, you want your kid to go high. You want your kid to be the one to stand up to the bully or to say, “No thanks, that (insert risky behavior here) is dumb.” But middle school is the time when peer pressure hits an all-time high, intersecting…

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