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Oh Dad No: Do We Have to Have the 'Sex Talk' Now?
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Oh Dad No: Do We Have to Have the 'Sex Talk' Now?

Being a professional life coach for teens has its benefits and challenges.  Frankly, most of the benefits come from my wonderful adolescent clients.  Ironically, the biggest challenges come from my own teenage children.  My oldest daughter is a senior in high school, and when it came to the “sex talk” I was told that I was not the appropriate parent.  Even though I had numerous conversations time and again with other teens, it was clear that I wasn’t allowed to speak with her about this topic.  I was given the reasons, relinquished that role and

6 Ways To Keep Your Children Safe From Sexual Abuse [EXPERT]
Communication could be the key to protecting your children.
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6 Ways To Keep Your Children Safe From Sexual Abuse

I have read two powerful articles about child sexual abuse this week. Evolutionary Parenting published an article written by Anonymous about the power of our words and the effects they have when we find out that someone is sexually abusing our child ... you should check it out. The words are eloquently writen and it touches the core of the human spirit. The other article is headline news about a 13 year old boy who is facing life in prison ... truly scary stuff!

How To Make The Most Of An Empty Nest [EXPERT]
Is your "nest" empty?
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How To Make The Most Of An Empty Nest

For 20 years, I was a mom first, raising two boys while keeping the house in order. My career, although important, was secondary to being a mother. So, facing an empty nest was a challenge. And to deal with this major life change, I had to make some major changes in my daily routine.

The Power of Play
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The Power of Play

Research shows that play is not only important, but crucial for healthy child development.  Free and imaginative play is all too often substituted these days with scheduled activities, team sports and computer or TV time.  Overscheduling our children has a negative impact on their healthy social, educational and emotional development.  While many parents believe starting their children young in these activities and getting them to read as early as possible will give them an "edge", research has shown the exact opposite to be true.  Children need th

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The cover of the new, soon-to-be hit book
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You're Probably A Sh*tty Mom, But It's OK

When you're "Yes"-ing your kid to death on your way to drop him off at school because he's going on and on about some stupid dinosaur he saw on TV that sang this song and wore this hat and met this friend, you may be wondering if you're a bad mom. You are, but it's totally OK.

Experts Expose Secrets About Co-Parenting Couples [EXPERT]
80% of experts polled agree: Couples become happier as their children age.
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Experts Expose Secrets About Co-Parenting Couples

YourTango surveyed 101 mental health professionals to find out all the dirt about couples who have children. From what they fight about more than anything else to how they rekindle the romance after the baby is born, this survey reveals all the juicy details you've always wanted to know — but have been afraid to ask — about love after kids.

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To snip or not to snip? That is the question.
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Why We Chose Not To Circumcise Our Son

Before I gave birth to our first child six years ago, my husband and I discussed our son and the manner in which he would be raised at length. One question we did not answer until a nurse posed it in the hours after delivery, my newborn baby boy nestled snugly in the bend of my arm, was whether or not our son would be circumcised.

Study Says Working Full-Time Benefits Moms [EXPERT]
Apparently, you can have it all ...
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Study Says Working Full-Time Benefits Moms

Whether you have to work, want to work or fall somewhere in-between, a recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed that full-time working mothers are happier and healthier than their non-working counterparts. Perhaps it's time to let go of the working mom's guilt and instead focus on the many benefits working full-time brings to a mother and her family. Here are seven ways full-time work benefits mothers.

5 Tips To Help Parents Worry Less [EXPERT]
Are you a worrier?
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5 Tips To Help Parents Worry Less

As a parent, you want what is best for your children. You want them to be smarter, better looking and more well-rounded than you are. You want them to be liked by their peers and to succeed in school. As such, you worry. And, with worrying comes anxiety which can turn into depression. Here are five ways to help you stop worrying so much:

7 Ways To Parent Better That You Can Start Now
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7 Ways To Parent Better That You Can Start Now

7 Ways To Parent Better Teamwork What responsibilities do you and your spouse take on as parents? It’s important to find your style of parenting with teamwork. How do you help each other? Do you have to ask or is it just expected? It’s important to communicate with one another what your strengths are as parents because it will be easier to divide up tasks.

21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)
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21 Reasons Kids and Parents Tell Lies (EXPERT)

Do parents lie to their kids? Do kids tell lies? Why do we lie, often when the truth would serve us better? We recently had a group of friends and relatives in our home for a dinner party. After some great food and general conversation, I asked them to help me with this project. Everyone was supportive and eager to assist in writing a book. But when I asked them to tell me why they lied, there was a shocked silence.

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Spank Your Kids [EXPERT]
Practicing abusive parenting now can have harmful effects on your child's future.
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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Spank Your Kids

A new study reveals a connection between spanking in childhood and mental health diagnoses later in life. Whether or not you agree with the findings, I'd like to present you with ten reasons spanking is never a good idea.

2 Types Of Parents: Which One Are You? [EXPERT]
Are you an unconventional parent?
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2 Types Of Parents: Which One Are You?

On his website, Amderson Cooper poses the question, "Are you an unconventional parent?" Initially, the question confused me. What is unconventional? Is it the millions-of-years-old, affectionate, closeness-seeking child rearing? Or is it the less-than-hundred-years-old stimuli-response based non-affectionate style? And, more importantly, whose advice should we follow?