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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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Help! How Can I Get My Kid to Do His Homework?

Help! How Can I Get My Kid to Do His Homework?

Now that school is almost back in session, I would love to have a good strategy for avoiding struggles to get my 8-year-old son sit down and complete his homework. The past battles have been horrible. I personally am against too much homework, but for now, he needs to...

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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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Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn’t Punish

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn’t Punish

I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old son. All our relatives live back in my home country. My husband doesn't contribute much to raising the child. Even at home he is spending most of his time with his laptop. The problem is that my son hits and throws things when he is...

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9 Tips for Reducing Parenting Stress

9 Tips for Reducing Parenting Stress

I have 2 kids -- 6 1/2 and 5 years old. My husband works long hours and I am alone with them most of the time. It seems like all I do is scream and yell, because my stress level is so high. Money is short and I'm tired all the time. When something breaks down --...

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5 Tips for Reducing School Anxiety

5 Tips for Reducing School Anxiety

My daughter is an anxious and shy child, but by third grade, I would have thought she would be over her school anxiety. She isn't. We are just starting the second week of school and so far she has had a meltdown every single morning. Last year it took almost six weeks...

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It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

Just as adults tend to put off unpleasant tasks, most children don’t like chores and will do whatever they can to squirm out of having to do them. While there are ways to make them a bit more fun, it’s wise to recognize that your child isn’t naughty for not wanting to do chores; she’s normal.

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