by Stacey Schifferdecker

Have you see the big inflatable decorations that pop up in people yards now? Pumpkins at Halloween, Uncle Sam on the Fourth of July, snowmen at Christmas, etc. If you drive by our yard in December, you’ll see an 8-foot-tall inflatable snowman. But walk around the back of friendly Frosty and you see his duct tape “band-aids,” covering the gashes from last winter when someone spiked him. On our quiet, peaceful little street, poor Frosty was the victim of vandalism wrought by someone who doesn’t respect other people’s property. READ More on Teaching Respect For Property

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As parents it is important to understand our childs temperment and personality. It helps with the interaction with our children. A child that may naturally be shy for example, we may want to gently pull them out of their shell and be understanding when they need their 'alone' time. It is also important to understand that each child is different, and as such needs to be treated and interacted with a bit differently. Here is some good background information on temperment and personality. READ More on Parenting: Getting To Know Your Childs Temperment and Personality

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Parenting: Dad's overseas absence calls for compassion – Sacramento Bee

25 Nov 2006 at 3:13am

Parenting : Dad's overseas absence calls for compassion
Sacramento Bee,  USA – 2 hours ago
Q: I have an 8-year-old daughter who is an only child. My husband is in the military and left recently for duty in the Middle East. ….

Calls for changes to co-parenting laws (News Interactive)

24 Nov 2006 at 2:06am

A HARROWING account of a woman's struggle to escape her abusive husband has sparked calls from NSW Premier Morris Iemma for changes to co-parenting laws for separated parents.

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Sitting here on Thanksgiving I am thinking about all I have to be grateful for. While my health is much to be desired, God has blessed me with a great family. A Mother I love dearly, a sister and her family, and my own family. Thinking about some of the special times with my own family I dug up some pictures of my sons first birthday. I can't believe it was only 3 and a half years ago. Time really flys!

"Umm, what is this?"  

"Whatever this is it is good stuff!"

"What, no more?!"

 Your got to love them!! We all have a lot to be grateful for. From our family to yours happy Thanksgiving!!

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Head to head: Parenting classes – BBC News

21 Nov 2006 at 9:59am Head to head: Parenting classes
BBC News, UK – 17 hours ago
…. Basically, the evidence clearly shows that if you run proper, effective parenting programmes and parenting courses, things like the Incredible Years which has ….
?4m pledged for parenting classes
State supernannies to help struggling parents Guardian Unlimited
Blair to hire 'supernannies' to curb kids People's Daily Online
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Head to head: Parenting classes (BBC News)

21 Nov 2006 at 10:07am

Two experts give their views on whether parenting classes can help tackle children's anti-social behaviour.

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There can be nothing more devistating to a teen than having problems with acne. It can be a major blow to your childs self-esteem and confidence. As parents we may not feel it is a bit deal, but for a teen it can be a cause of major embarrasement and can effect how they interact socially. In my early teens I had a real bad time with acne and became more introverted because of that. Parents can help by understanding what your teen is going through, understanding some of the causes of acne and some treatments that will help your child. If your childs acne becomes a major concern you should contact your local health care professional or demotologist who can recommend more agressive treatments and therapies.  Below is a general overview of acne and some things that may help. READ More on Acne Skin Care For Your Teen

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by Dr. Caron Goode

As a parent, do you take for granted, like I did, that children will automatically listen to you? I learned some wonderful tips for coaching children to listen from a savvy veteran teacher who took me under her wing. When she showed me how to control a rowdy class of twenty-five first graders, I was determined to try the same techniques at home. Teaching children to listen actively involves all of their senses and engages their attention to their world. READ More on Coaching Kids to Listen to Their World

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