How To Prevent Teenage Smoking

Having involved parents — those who know a lot about their children’s friends, activities, and performance in school — can help children overcome peer influence to start smoking, according to a study by a researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study also confirmed earlier findings that the more …

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Help Disorganized Teenager

First, the bad news — no matter how much you threaten, tempt, cajole and beg, you will never succeed in motivating your teenager to get organized. Take it from me (a once notoriously disorganized, rebellious teen myself): The more you lecture and punish, the more obstinate about getting organized your teen will become. But, don’t …

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Work May Not Be Best for Young Kids

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests it’s possible that too much work might turn a youngster into a juvenile delinquent. Researchers found that fifth-graders who worked the most at jobs such as baby-sitting and newspaper routes were the most likely to smoke, drink and get into fights. The findings don’t prove …

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Praise is the New Criticism; How Hyper Parenting is Backfiring

A young college student said this powerful statement, “Praise is the new criticism,” on a CBC special last night on Hyper Parenting. He went on to say that behind every praise is the expectation that the behavior will be repeated. I’ve taught for years that we have to be very careful with praise. This young …

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Kids Understanding Disaster: An Age-by-Age Guide

Whether it’s the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it seems there’s always some terrible disaster happening in the world. And, thanks to the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, your kid can be easily overexposed to these horrific words and pictures. Depending on age, personality and developmental stage, …

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Getting Your Kid to Eat Meat

If your child rejects any meat that is “chewy,” stick to softer meats and alternatives instead: lean ground beef, meatballs, boneless fish, eggs, tofu, baked beans or other legumes and peanut butter. Note: You can also make a piece of meat more tender and moist by stewing it or cooking it slowly in a covered …

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