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80 Year Old Woman Brings Parent To Camp Tuffit (EXPERT)
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80 Year Old Woman Brings Parent To Camp Tuffit (EXPERT)

There has been a sign posted on Camp Tuffit in Montana for most of the last century. It says "Free Cabins to persons over 80 years old- (If Accompanied by parents)" No one had ever taken advantage of the offer until 80-year-old Shirley Gunter of Missoula decided to check out if it was a legitatmate offer. It was. So Shirley and her family, including her mom, Helen Self who is 102 years old went camping at Lake Mary Ronan, Montana.

Stress Triggers for Kids- Overwhelmed Families(EXPERT)
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Stress Triggers for Kids- Overwhelmed Families(EXPERT)

Stress Triggers for Kids   How do you know what is stress and what is a temper tantrum? How do you figure out if the stomachache is from too many tacos last night or the math test scheduled today? Why would your six year old be stressed when you are the one who lost the job? Why would your eight year old suddenly hate Little League and begin wheezing as it nears time to go? At times all parents are confused by what are normal growing pains and what is a genuine fear or stress in their child’s life.

Is It OK to Spoil Your Kids?
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Is It OK to Spoil Your Kids?

None of us want "spoiled" kids—kids who are bratty, self-centered, demanding, inconsiderate. So, what spoils children and what doesn't? When I was raising my children, I was often told that I would spoil them if I held them a lot, rather than let them cry. Fortunately, I didn't believe this. You can't spoil a child with love. Children need love as much as they need food and water. The problem is in defining "love."

What Are You Role-Modeling For Your Children?
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What Are You Role-Modeling For Your Children?

"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." ~Jim Henson, 1936-1990, Creator of The Muppets Half of good parenting is being there for your children and the other half is being there for yourself. What would you have given as you were growing up to have had parents who role-modeled taking loving care of their feelings, their health, their finances, their environment?

7 Ways Parents Can Ensure Cell Phone Safety [EXPERT]
Do you know what your child is sending?
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7 Ways Parents Can Ensure Cell Phone Safety

If you are a parent, there comes a time when you decide you want to reach your child for emergencies or changes of plans and you get your child a cell phone. The benefit of instant access to your child feels reassuring and safe and you like being available to your child any time they need reassurance or to say hello. It seems as if all the kids have cell phones at school and your best friends have given their kids a cell phone. This seemingly innocent act does have its benefits, what we all need to understand is that there is a dark side which can affect your children.

How to Have An Emotionally Supportive Argument
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How to Have An Emotionally Supportive Argument

Do you ever have an argument or discussion with your partner and think, ‘I have no idea what to say right now’ or ‘I’m so mad that I can’t even hear you’? This post is meant to help guide you through a difficult conversation and manage feelings between you and your loved ones. I will use the word “partner” because communication between couples can be particularly difficult, but it could apply to a family member, a colleague, or a friend. Step 1: Put yourself on hold, temporarily

Are Your Kids Struggling With Food & Weight Issues?
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Are Your Kids Struggling With Food & Weight Issues?

When I was growing up there was rarely an overweight child. Occasionally someone would be plump, but I can't remember anyone in my class being fat. However, TV wasn't around until I was eight years old, and the streets were a safe place to play. We had plenty of P.E. in school and we played hard after school. Even as we grew older and had more homework, physical activity was a major part of our lives. And there wasn't so much junk food around yet.

7 Tips To Raising A Great Dad [EXPERT]
Does your son have the qualities of a great dad?
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7 Tips To Raising A Great Dad

After raising my own sons and working with hundreds of other single moms, I have come up with a few suggestions that can guide you in building the foundation your son needs to be a great father.