Archives for August, 2009

Parenting

Kids Bedtime Plan Working Well



Here's the update I promised you on the bedtime plan we implemented last week.  The good news is that it seems to be working.  The good/bad news is that I see that I need to make more of these lists to take care of other problem time frames as well.

I'll tell you that doing this has significantly lowered my blood pressure and helped me feel less frazzled about putting three young girls to bed. ...
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Parenting

Having A Plan For Kids At Bedtime

I don't know about you, but bedtime has often been a sloppy affair at our house.  Maybe because I'm not naturally detail oriented, maybe because I'm getting to the end of my endurance, maybe because the girls are easily distracted at that hour.  At any rate, I am determined this year to get bedtime on automatic pilot.  I'm not saying this is genius, but I'll share what I've started this week.

What you need to...
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Parenting

Two Sides to Every Sibling Fight



They say it's always the guy who throws the second punch in a fight who gets caught, not the first.  Hopefully, your children aren't actually throwing punches at each other when they argue.  The point is that in many cases, both parties have some responsibility when an argument ends badly.  Do you ask enough questions to find out what really happened?

Let's say one of your children hit the other, and the child who got...
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Parenting

Children Behave Better At School Than At Home



This week, I'm in a school kind of mood.  It is the first week I've had all my kids in school and it's working great for everyone.  My youngest said her brain's tired from all the thinking and paying attention and following directions.  Hmm.  Well anyway, this got me thinking about the classic parenting question.  Why do kids often behave much better for their teachers than they do at home?

Sometimes when I've been at...
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Parenting

Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?



School starts Monday in our town and our family has a Kindergartner.  There's no magic formula for determining whether your Kindergarten-age child is actually ready to start school.  It's about emotional readiness to separate from parents, adjust to being busy all day, being able to cope without too many meltdowns.  You do have to watch for the age cutoff, but it's about so...
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General

Does Your Child Have Sleep Problems?



Sleep is a mysterious state of consciousness that every human being needs.  No one knows exactly how sleep helps the body, but we certainly know that not getting enough is a bad thing.  Children often start having trouble getting enough sleep when they get into school.  Early mornings, after-school activities, homework, family time - they all tend to crowd in on childrens' sleep.

What happens when your child doesn't get enough sleep?  You've probably seen...
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