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Lying

Lying

Parents are often surprised by the dishonesty of their children. School-age children lie for many reasons. Understanding why children lie can be most helpful in dealing with dishonesty. Reasons Children Might Lie: To impress and gain the respect of peers. (“My dad is a millionaire.”) To please parents. Children want to make their parents happy. (“Yes, I [...]
Toilet Training Your Toddler

Toilet Training Your Toddler

Most parents begin their child's potty training process around the age of two. Most children achieve daytime training by the age of three. Some children will train before age two while others could train as late as age four. It is important for parents to remember that every child is different. Relax and allow your [...]
Child Abuse: Sexual

Child Abuse: Sexual

Sexual abuse of children is more common than most people realize. One out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse by the time they reach the age of 18. Although the topic of sex in general makes many parents very uncomfortable it is essential [...]
Child Abuse: Physical

Child Abuse: Physical

There are numerous ways children can experience physical abuse- shaking, jerking, slapping, pinching, pulling hair, and harsh spankings or beatings. Most often parents revert to these tactics because of extreme frustration, stress, and/or lack of appropriate parenting skills. Shaking – All infants cry, some much more than others. Parents who feel frustrated and helpless to […]

Child Abuse: Neglect

Child Abuse: Neglect

Although physical abuse is commonly thought of when one hears of a child abuse case, the truth is there are more reported cases of neglect than any other form of abuse. Need for love – Contrary to popular belief, you cannot spoil an infant. Crying is the only form of communication a baby has. Even […]

Child Abuse: Emotional

Child Abuse: Emotional

It is well known that physical abuse hurts a child. The evidence is there in the form of bruises and broken bones. Hurtful words, however, harm a child on the inside. Because the results of emotional abuse are less evident, oftentimes parents are not aware how badly words can negatively affect their children. What is […]

Internet Safety

Internet Safety

The Internet can be a wonderful resource! Children can get help with homework, find information about a hobby, download music, and keep in touch with friends and family through e-mail. However, the Internet also carries certain risks. As parents, we must stay informed and equipped to ensure our children’s safety. How can parents keep children […]

Home Alone

Home Alone

At some point a parent faces the choice to leave a child home alone for the first time. Whether the decision is based on necessity or convenience, the transition to having your child stay home alone is a big step for every family. In general, it is not a good idea to leave a child [...]
Head Lice

Head Lice

When your child begins child care, preschool or elementary school, she runs a risk of head lice infestation. Many parents are appalled by the thought of their children having a case of head lice. Don’t worry, infestations are not harmful nor are they an indication of poor hygiene or dirty hair. Head Lice Facts Head […]

Drugs, Alcohol and Nicotine

Drugs, Alcohol and Nicotine

Growing up is hard work! During these “in-between” years adolescents are under tremendous pressures. They are learning to make their own decisions, yet they still need the guidance of responsible adults. Although adolescents do identify strongly with their peers, research shows that parents are the most important influence in a child’s life! They may not […]

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