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Why Persistent Parenting Pays Off [EXPERT]
Are you struggling to discipline your child?
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Why Persistent Parenting Pays Off

Recent books and articles have focused on the fact that it takes weeks to turn a new behavior into a habit. It takes just as long for our kids to adjust to our new behavior.

How To Help Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce [EXPERT]
It's essential to listen.
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How To Help Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce

There are many times when a child after divorce is struggling — even suffering. These children need extra help. To identify a child in distress, you need to evaluate whether there have been serious changes in their behavior and personality. It is not a complete change of personality, but a more extreme version of how they were acting before the divorce. Some examples are ...

5 Tips For Traveling With Teenagers [EXPERT]
It's time for the best family vacation ever!
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5 Tips For Traveling With Teenagers

Traveling with your teen doesn't have to be a bust because with a little preparation, traveling together can be something the entire family can look forward to. Before you plan and pack up though, you'll want to be sure to avoid any triggers that can turn a potentially terrific vacation into a terrible one.

How To Show Your Love As A Mother Figure [EXPERT]
Being a mother figure to those in need can prove more rewarding than you ever imagined.
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How To Show Your Love As A Mother Figure

Today is a day of blessings and thankfulness. I get to spend Mother's Day with my very own mother and my fabulous kids, as well as my hubby. As I observe my little family and notice all that I am thankful for, I can't help but think about the many people who walk into my office and lack their own mother to celebrate with.

How Important Are Teachers To A Child?
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How Important Are Teachers To A Child?

I have the wonderful opportunity of having many educators in my life. Several of my dearest friends are educators. Many of my colleagues work in the school setting. I knew at an early age that education would be important in my own life and pursued an education undergraduate degree. Although, I have never been a “teacher” in a classroom filled with kids, I have been an educator to many through the trainings that I do. My favorite topic to train educators on is “Strategies for Educating Traumatized Children.”

How To Support An Emotionally Traumatized Child
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How To Support An Emotionally Traumatized Child

Today was a bit of a tough day at work. I sat with a family who has weathered one of the worst storms that a person could ever imagine…childhood sexual abuse. Children, under the age of 5, traded for sex and video taped for porn. Now, a decade later, these children have to deal with their inner demons. No, they are no longer living with the people who did this to them. No, they have no contact at all with anyone from that part of their life. Yes, they are physically safe. Yes, their heart and their minds are changed forever.

Are The Words You Use Role-Modeling for Your Children?
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Are The Words You Use Role-Modeling for Your Children?

WARNING: I will be ranting today! I have some major energy in the above topic. So, if you are easily offended or sensitive, please stop reading now and return for a later blog! That said, let’s chat about tolerance versus acceptance. I see the word “tolerance” everywhere…teach kids tolerance, we need to tolerate others, human resources departments that have tolerance policies…ugh! This drives me crazy. The reality is that tolerance is much different and less positive than acceptance!

The "No Kill Policy": How To Control Anger As A Parent [EXPERT]
Have you ever thought you were going to lose it with your kids?
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The "No Kill Policy": How To Control Anger As A Parent

Anger is a powerful, strong emotion, so we need powerful, strong strategies to help release that anger. As adults, we need to have our anger strategies figured out before we attempt to figure that out with our own children. Then, we must remember that our children's emotions are their emotions, not ours.

7 Answers To Why Teens Drop Out Of School
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7 Answers To Why Teens Drop Out Of School

As a therapist who sees teenagers, I get this questioned posed to me often…Stacy, I don’t want my child to drop out of school, but they refuse to go and I don’t know what to do. What should I do? I often approach this topic from “what is your child communicating to the rest of us that we aren’t hearing?”

Help! My Kids Are Spoiled Brats [VIDEO]
Who's the boss in your house: you or your kids?
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Help! My Kids Are Spoiled Brats

If your precious angels are out of control, you've come to the right place. In this video, author, relationship coach and YourTango Expert Shela Dean explains what to do when your kids start acting overly entitled.

Mars Venus on the Joy of Watering & Feeding Kids
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Mars Venus on the Joy of Watering & Feeding Kids

One of the best feelings in the world is when a child’s eyes light up in recognition and they run at you, throwing their little arms around you for a big hug and cuddle. I remember promising myself when I was about ten years old and dealing with my father’s death that I would never lose that innocence, and wonder and joy for life.

Why Are So Many Teen Girls Depressed?
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Why Are So Many Teen Girls Depressed?

Dear Dr. G., I just read that teen girls are much more likely than teen boys to show signs of depression. This worries me because I have a set of 13 year old fraternal twins and the girl looks like she may be a little sad. Her brother, on the other hand,is happy-go-lucky and nothing can ruin his day. The two of them came into the world differently. My son was an easy baby. He slept through the night at 3 months of age and was a good eater. My daughter was always fussy and hard to soothe.