kids choice awards 2009 Nickelodeon

Dad spent his evening with his kids watching the Nick Kids Choice awards. It was a fun evening with some surprises. Below are the Winners and nominees for each category. I put the winners in red.

Favorite Movie Actor

  • Will Smith in Hancock
  • Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories
  • George Lopez in Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Jim Carrey in Yes Man

Favorite Female Movie Star

  • Vanessa Hudgens in High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Jennifer Aniston in Marley & Me
  • Anne Hathaway in Get Smart
  • Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases

Favorite Movie

  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Bedtime Stories
  • The Dark KnightIron Man
  • High School Musical was a little too old for my kids. Our favorite was definitely Bedtime Stories

Favorite Animated Movie

  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Bolt
  • Wall-e
  • Kung Fu Panda

Escape 2 Africa was a great movie, but in my sons words Bolt was “awesome”. He loved the 3d affect, and so did I.READ More on 2009 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Winners

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young girl talking back to her parentsWhen kids talk back to their parents, grandparents, and other adults that they interact with such as coaches and teachers, it is a very challenging issue. In many cases, the adults who are on the receiving end of this behavior do not understand why this has occurred, or even how to respond to it. This can just make the situation worse. Many mental health specialists and those that specialize in child care will attest to the fact that this type of behavior is considered to be “learned”. This is, in many cases, an outright disrespect for authority and should be dealt with accordingly. Here, I will try to provide some helpful information and insight on this topic, as well as some basic techniques to cope when kids talk back.

Problems in Stopping the Back Talk

Every single day, there are adults everywhere who are at their ends wit when it comes to trying to stop kids from talking back. If you face this challenge, it is essential to know and understand that it is not appropriate to give into this type of behavior. It is considered to be highly disrespectful and disrespect should not be tolerated in children. If it is tolerated, the child will grow to develop many different types of emotional and behavioral problems. If you are having problem in stopping the back talk, it is important to evaluate your response to this behavior, as well as the responses of others. It is then that you can develop a plan to put a stop to this type of verbal disrespect. READ More on Parenting Tips When Kids Talk Back

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mom and dad fighting over the remote controlBecoming a great parent takes a lot of work. Some of the main skills that are used include both understanding and communication. Guess what? These are also two of the main skills that are needed to have a great marriage relationship as well. Believe it or not, some of those parenting techniques that you have been working so hard to learn have another use – they can be used on your spouse. Of course using those time outs probably are not going to work on your spouse…or will they? You may come to find out that using parenting techniques within our marriage can make it strong and can enhance your relationship. Here's a look at some of the parenting techniques out there that you can take and apply to your marriage relationship as well.

Parenting Technique #1 – Choose Your Battles

One common parenting technique that you have probably learned to use on your children is picking your battles. After all, not everything really is worth having a fight over. There are some things that are worth the battle, and some things that are not. The same is going to be true within your marriage. It's important to choose your battles with your spouse. Unless it is worth the battle, then let it go. Sometimes couples end up fighting all the time because they choose the wrong battles to fight. Learn a bit from your parenting skills and start choosing the battles you have with your spouse. You'll find it makes your relationship a whole lot better.READ More on Parenting Tips for a Better and Stronger Marriage

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two young teenage friends shoppingWhen it comes to styles, there is always an enormous amount of excitement in seeing just what the New Year will offer….especially from the perspective of the top designers and clothing manufacturers.

2009 is here and it is no secret that teens (and girls 10-12) are as much into the spring and summer fashions as any adult. There is a tremendous amount of anticipation about the latest fashions and this year promises to be spectacular and colorful as designers debut their new looks.

Don’t be surprised if your younger ones are already been rifling through the pages of glossy catalogs and style magazines and making online searches just to see just what’s hot and what’s not. Parents can also find out which new and trendy items are making waves for all young girls this fashion season, and use their savvy style sense to impress and delight the teens in their lives.

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patriotic children holding a flagWe live in the greatest country in the world, where anything is possible. Unfortunately many of us take it for granted, and many young adults don't truely appreciate what they, what we have. That is why I believe an important part of parenting is teaching our children what it means to be a citizen, to apprecite what we have, and to realize how blessed we are to live in the United States of America.

Today we will look at several different areas of interest that should be focused on when teaching your child to be an ideal citizen of the United States of America. Your children should understand that when a person is a “citizen”, it means that they are a person who is protected and has rights of the government. It also indicates that they have certain roles and responsibilities that must be maintained in order to live, work, play, and be protected by that government which offers them rights and protections.

In the following steps, we will look at some very important facts that should be taught to your child. By teaching these facts, you are instilling in them a high standard when it comes to their citizenship. You are teaching them that it is an honor to be part of this nation, and that they have a large role in serving the nation. Consider integrating the following facts into your home based curriculum and/or family talk nights to instill a sense of citizenship in your child: READ More on Teaching Children Citizenship

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Parenting Tips of the Week 

mom and dad motivating daughter before raceI am speaking from personal ongoing experience when I say that one of the most frustrating duties of a parent is to motivate their children. At least it is for us, when it comes to our teenage daughter. I have yet to figure out why there has been such a lacksidasical approach to life taken by my teenage daughter. One day I will figure it out, and hopefully she will snap out of this phase and get back to being the motivated go getter she has always been.

Unfortunately there is not a magic wand that you can buy or borrow to wave and make sure that your children are motivated to not only excel, but in some cases to just get up and do something. What I do have to offer is seven different tips or strategies that have been used and have been successful with our son, our daughter at one point and many other children whose parents I have talked with.

Tip 1: Encourage Children to Plan Their Own Projects

When children are in a social setting, or a setting outside of school it is an ideal time for them to explore new things and make choices about what it is they want to learn. Encouraging them to create, plan and execute their own projects gives them ownership of what they are doing. Ownership fosters excitement, and can increase the amount of effort they put into what they are doing. When you give them the opportunity to have input into what they are doing it helps them develop intrinsic motivation and helps cultivate problem solving skills.

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by Joy Burgess

child with down syndrome and his momParenting a child that has special needs is both a challenge and a blessing, all wrapped up into one. Often parents end up being faced with big challenges, emotions they didn't expect, and many, many doctor's visits. Today there are many kids that have special needs, including chronic diseases, hearing impaired, visually impaired, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory issues, and even mental health issues. If you are a parent of a child that has special needs, you need to understand you are not alone, and the more you learn, the better you will be able to cope with the unique challenges that are going to come your way.

Dealing with the Emotions
For those that are dealing with a child who has special needs, dealing with the emotions that come along with this can be difficult. There are many emotions that can crop up in a parents heart throughout the life of their child. Sometimes there are feelings of anger towards medical professionals or even yourself. Many parents go through periods when they feel depressed and isolated, feeling that no one understands all that they are going through as a parent. Often when in public, others have cruel things to say about the child, which can be so hurtful to the parent.

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