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Eat Your Vegetables

Research suggests that if we want our kids to eat healthfully, we have to rethink our strategies. Following are 10 tips based on the latest research and expert opinion that will help even the pickiest of eaters to eat healthier

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Advertising, Marketing and Children

If you have children, you have experienced the “advertising and marketing season.” Daily you and your children are bombarded with overt and covert messages that try to convince both of you that no one can live without this object or that toy. How are you holding up so far? You do realize the worst is yet to come.

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Blending Families

What is a “blended family?” The blended family referred to in this article is the family where both parents bring children from other marriages or other relationships into their marriage. Both sets of children may spend time with their other parent as well as the parent who has remarried.

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Children First

We are human and no matter how hard we try we will never be perfect. The good news is mistakes create growth opportunities. However, there is one mistake we shouldn’t be making – failing to protect our children.

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Children’s Best Interest

Undoubtedly, parenting is the single most important job anyone can undertake. Yet, it is the one job that most adults are totally unprepared for. Even when you make it your business to investigate every possible avenue of support and education, parenting is still a constantly changing process. This process is influenced by your expectations, what you and your children’s other parent bring into the relationship, the ages and stages of your children, and their individual temperaments.

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Getting Your Kids to Cooperate

“How can I get my kids to cooperate with me?” It is the number one question, complaint and frustration in parenting. It’s a common problem from parents who must nag, beg and yell to get their children to cooperate. It often starts in the morning getting them up, fed and dressed and doesn’t end until they are finally in their pajamas and tucked into bed.

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Fathering

I am the oldest daughter of eight children. When any of us called home and my dad answered the phone, he would barely say, “Hello, how are you?” before passing the phone to my mother. When we visited, he’d sit and watch the ballgame while we talked with Mom and filled her in on all our news. If we became too loud, he’d comment on our “yakking,” just like “Good Old Dad.” Although we loved him, we were never able to have a meaningful conversation with our father.

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Disaster Relief

No matter where you live you can’t avoid experiencing or hearing about the many disasters that affect families. Your first defense is to minimize your child’s exposure to televised coverage whenever possible. It is very tempting to keep the television tuned to minute by minute coverage when you live in an area that is threatened by a disaster or when you have relatives and friends that may be. However, if you have young children, a periodic news check when your children are occupied elsewhere eliminates a great deal of stress for you and your children.

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Holiday Stress and Children

>We greet the coming of fall with anticipation of crisp, cool weather and a season of celebrations, parties, and social events with friends and family lasting through the New Year. The excitement builds through the big Thanksgiving meal and then it hits us – Christmas is coming like a steam roller. This year was going to be different we vowed last year, but it seems that with each passing year the holidays create increased anxiety and stress. What happened to love, joy and peace? What happened to the real reason for the season? The stress is compounded by the desire of parents to make sure their children find happiness on Christmas morning. The stockings are hung, shopping is done, presents are wrapped and all that is left is opening of the gifts. In a few short minutes, Christmas is over. Once again the promise of Christmas morning leaves families empty and void of hoped for happiness. We see our children entranced in front of an electronic game, leaving the toys they had begged for in a pile on the floor.

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Learning to Dance

Have you ever been on the dance floor with someone who doesn’t know how to dance? It can be awkward or frustrating to say the least. Not everyone can dance like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, but a few dance lessons may really make a difference. Those who usually avoid dancing may learn to enjoy gliding across the floor. But, what does this have to do with family life education?

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