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Family Vacations: 5 Ways To Bring Your Teen On Board

Family Vacations: 5 Ways To Bring Your Teen On Board

We're heading out on a family vacation soon, and even though I wish I could say I'm excited, I am already dreading it. My 16-year-old son has made it clear that he wishes he could stay home with his buddies, and we are insisting that he come and be with the family. Do...

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Dreading Visit From Wild Nieces and Nephews

Dreading Visit From Wild Nieces and Nephews

My brother does not live near his children, so he tries to do something fun with them during their month together each summer. He usually brings them to see us for a few days during those visits, but this year, he has asked to stay with my kids and I for two weeks. I...

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Why Can’t My Asperger’s Son Be Mainstreamed in School?

Why Can’t My Asperger’s Son Be Mainstreamed in School?

The school district wants to put my son in a self-contained class all day at school. What is the best way to fight this? He has Asperger's, ADHD, and some behavior problems, but he is very smart (tested above average on their IQ test). He mainly throws temper tantrums...

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Half-hearted Homework Isn’t Making the Grade

Half-hearted Homework Isn’t Making the Grade

My fiancé and I are having trouble getting his seventh grade son to care about the quality of his homework. He rushes through most of it while we are at work. When I get home and look it over, I see the same problems every day -- answering questions halfway, not...

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What Does it Mean to be “Smart”​​​​?

What Does it Mean to be “Smart”​​​​?

When most of us think of a genius, we picture somebody who wears pocket protectors, gets straight A’s in school, and is wildly successful in some entrepreneurial endeavor that we wish we’d thought if only we were...a genius! Kids who get into Harvard are geniuses....

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Is it Okay That I Don’t Always Like My Kids?

Is it Okay That I Don’t Always Like My Kids?

Question: I feel a lot of shame saying this, but I have a dirty little secret. Sometimes I don’t like my kids. I love them, but there are times when I just want to be left alone. In many ways I had to parent my mother, and I feel resentful that I always have to be...

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