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Getting Kids to Cooperate Without Repeating Yourself!
"I'd have to take off my socks to count the number of times in a day I have to repeat myself," writes Nicole E., responding to the article How Yelling Cancels Listening. "How does this work for kids who don't listen unless you yell? At the very least, I have to scream their names and then talk . . . but even then, they usually don't listen."   Here's my question to Nicole and others: is it possible that your children perceive your repetitions as warnings that will lead to an ultimatum, rather than as instructions to stop right away? ..
A Toddler’s Version of a Typical Morning With Mom
Wake up with the sun. Or, preferably, two hours before any sign of it. Request fruit snacks. Wait, I don’t think Mom heard me—I asked for fruit snacks. Scream and beat pantry door for several minutes. I wonder why there’s a lock on this door anyway? (Remind myself to repeat this tomorrow, even though I’ve never actually gotten fruit snacks for breakfast.) Ask for a TV show while Mom gets dressed. (Didn’t she wear that yesterday?) Act happy when she puts on what I wanted, but then immediately demand something different as soon as Mom has r..
It does not matter if they are a tiny tot or full-blown teenager — all kids experience forms of stress. With the mounting pressure to excel in school and hectic schedules filled with challenging activities, little ones are dealing with more intense stressors at a younger age. How your child processes and copes with concerns is unique to their individual personality but some become overwhelmed more easily than others. If you have a child who tends to spend time worrying about situations, or even ends up crippled by fear, these 43 phrases can open the dialogue between parent and kiddo a..
The Myth of ‘Having It All Together’
I wanted to “have it all together” before I had kids. I wanted to overcome my eating disorder (and I did). I wanted to learn how to love myself. I wanted to finish college. I knew some things were out of reach. My husband was finishing his second Master’s degree when we got pregnant with our first child. We didn’t own a house. We didn’t even know what state we would end up in. I knew my life wasn’t “figured out” or perfect, but I did feel like I had some key elements in place. And then I had kids. And then I was up late. And up early. ..
Mother Tells the Terrifying Story of Her Baby Being Abducted During a Hospital Stay!
"The most terrifying thing happened to my family two days ago," starts Lory Beth Snyder in a post to Facebook that tells the chill-inducing story of her daughter, Lorelai, getting abducted during a hospital stay at NEA Baptist Memorial in Jonesboro, AR. After getting her child to rest after a long day of tests, poking, and prodding, Snyder decided to relax as well, and woke up an hour later to find her daughter missing. "When I found her she was in another woman's hospital room, in that woman's arms, with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and ..
25 Ways to Say "No" to Your Kids Without Actually Saying No!
  If you have ever found yourself in a scenario with your children in which their whining and crying is coming at you from every direction and you're spitting a million noes at them, you know that's typically an inefficient way of communicating. It's hard to say "no" to our kids, but sometimes we simply have to. For example, instead of screaming, "No," if your child is asking for candy before lunch, offer them a choice to have one piece now or a few pieces after they eat all of their meal. Or if your child is throwing Legos across the room at your hea..