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Dealing With Newtown, Connecticut’s Tragedy

by T Akery December 18th, 2012 | Emotions
Emotionally, this is probably my most difficult article to write. The tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, really made no sense. There are no words to describe this tragedy. One lone gunman turned a parent's hope into a parent's worst nightmare.

At this point, all we can do is grieve with the ones who lost their kids. It is difficult to deal with the loss of any child. What can you really say that will help alleviate some of the pain? There are really no words. The victims will be remembered but the pain will never really go away.

How do you explain
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Rumors Deserve No Reaction

by Lori Sciame June 11th, 2012 | Emotions, Tweens
Maybe you haven't experienced it yet, but if you have a tween-aged child, you probably will. I'm talking about rumors. As defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, rumors are "a statement or report current without known authority for its truth."  In simplified terms, this means that basically tweens will spread lies about each other. Sad, but true.  As a parent, how can you help your child if he or she becomes the focal point of a rumor at school?

The first step requires patience, as you need to listen to your child until he or she has told you all of
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by Ronald A. Rowe June 4th, 2012 | Elementary, Emotions
Everybody likes getting awards. If there's one thing I like better than earning an award, it is seeing one of my sons do it. This weekend, my two sons each won an award for Leadership on their respective football teams. Saturday night, my elder son participated in a piano recital and earned a trophy, a medallion, and two certificates for assorted reasons like "musicianship" and "positive attitude". The next day my two sons received three awards between them for completing a children's program at our church.
As much as I appreciated my boys receiving recognition, it got me to wondering
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Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

by Jacob P. May 14th, 2012 | Emotions, Teen Perspective, Teens
I know that it is the day after Mother's Day, but I figured it was better late than never to post an article about Mother's Day.  Also, if you are this far behind the eight ball, maybe this can help you save face.

As a teenager, Mother's Day is one of the tougher holidays to handle.  It's not that I dislike my mother or dislike the holiday, it's the gifts issue.  I have lived in families where the father buys the gifts on Mother's Day and the mother buys the gifts on Father's Day.  One or two of the gifts
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Yoga and Massage Reduce Prenatal Depression

by R. Carnavale May 9th, 2012 | Emotions, Pregnancy
Researchers at the University of Miami report yoga and massage therapy may help pregnant women who suffer from depression. According to the study, when pregnant women who were depressed attended yoga classes or had 20-minute massage therapy sessions two times a week for 12 weeks, their depression decreased. Also, their babies were less likely to be premature or have low birth weights than the babies of pregnant women who suffered from untreated depression.

Prenatal yoga classes can help pregnant women by:

  • increasing flexibility by lengthening and  stretching muscles

  • developing good breathing techniques

  • promoting relaxation

  • helping to relieve back pain

  • improving posture

  • helping to bring more oxygen to the baby

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Teen’s Perspective on Asking for Help

by Sam P. March 30th, 2012 | Emotions, Teen Perspective, Teens
If you are anything like me, you hate asking for help.  Specifically from parents, but for the most part you just despise asking for help.  I am a very arrogant, headstrong, proud person.  And at times this is a good thing, like when I am standing up for something I believe in.  But at times, it can also be a huge downer on my personality.  This attitude I have can make it nearly impossible to ask for help.  And because I cannot ask for help, I get frustrated because sometimes I can't fix the problem I have.

I.E., when I
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Dealing with THAT Kid

by Ronald A. Rowe March 2nd, 2012 | Elementary, Emotions
We all know THAT kid. The child who just can't or won't fit in. The one whose behavior makes you simultaneously wish a) your child would spend more time with them so they could be a good influence and b) they'd keep away so your child would never have to deal with them.

My son was bitten by THAT kid at school last week. It wasn't a deal where they got into a fight and the boy was losing so he bit my son. It wasn't a long simmering feud that got out of hand. It wasn't even personal in
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Don’t Squash Exploration

by Lori Sciame December 15th, 2011 | Elementary, Emotions
"Watch out!" "Be careful." "Don't run!"

These directions can literally be lifesavers for elementary age children. For instance, a visit to the Grand Canyon would make any parent extra vigilant where his or her child is concerned. Too close to the edge and the consequences would be devastating. Yet, some parents take safety to an extreme, and end up inhibiting a child's adventurous spirit.

I knew a boy who had been made fearful of life by his father. It wasn't that his father didn't love his child; he just restricted the boy's movements so much - that in the end, he
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Teen Sexuality

by Lori Sciame November 9th, 2011 | Emotions, Teens
This is the article I've been dreading to write...the one that concerns teen sexuality. Why? Because we all know the issue of teens having sex is a "hot button" issue. Parents across the United States have vastly different views on how to approach this sensitive issue with their children, including everything from abstinence only education to avoiding the subject all together.

But I chose to write this post anyways, as I do know one thing for certain - parents want what is best for their teenager, and their picture of health and happiness does not include sexually transmitted infections (STI's)
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On Playing Games: Teen Perspective

by Louise September 29th, 2011 | Emotions, Games, Teen Perspective
Playing games isn't just an activity for children; that's an important message to send to your kids. The best way to do this is to find a game that you genuinely enjoy and can play with your kids.

My dad loves to play bridge, but it is far too complicated for elementary school-level children. He tried to get us to learn, but it only angered us. We tried to get him to play Candyland, but he always declined. We found middle ground on a Dutch card game called Rikken. It involves trumps and bidding, just like bridge, but has fewer
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What Kids Really Want

by Ronald A. Rowe September 15th, 2011 | Elementary, Emotions, Helpful hints
There's an expression that goes around in parenting circles: Children don't care how much money you make, they only care if you're around -until they're teenagers. Then, they don't care if you're around, they only care about how much money you make. While I certainly hope the second part isn't true, this is column on Elementary children, so we'll just focus on the first part, which I've found to be very accurate.

I'll take it a step further. Kids don't really care what you do with them, they just want YOU to do SOMETHING with them. As a writer, there
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Where Do Babies Come From?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 22nd, 2011 | Elementary, Emotions, Learning
My older son recently came to me with some questions. He was confused by a news story he saw about Jaycee Dugard, the girl who was kidnapped when she was 11 and was finally freed at age 29. In the interim, she had two children. First, he wondered how a child could be held for so long - a really good question that most of us struggle to understand. His second question was how it could be possible for her to have children when she was not married.

His understanding was that you had to be married to have children,
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