By Dr. Caron B. Goode 

Kevin's comment: This is an excellent article that can be applied to children of all ages. Reading and reflecting on it really helps one understand not only your child but also yourself. If you ever wonder why you and your child continually butt heads, this article can help. It provides insight in understanding not only your childs personality but your own. It has given me a whole new perspective in understanding my children.

sisters doing their choresTweens have a lot on their plates. They have school, friends, extracurricular activities, and impending puberty. It’s no wonder they have a hard time remembering their chores!
Common sense tells us tweens don’t remember chores because they are not important—to them. To tweens, chores may seem senseless. To parents, however, regular chores represent a sense of responsibility and belonging. Chores introduce tweens to the concepts of teamwork and time management. They also help build self-esteem and self-worth through pride in a job well done.
Before chores can teach these lessons, however, children must actually do them. Therefore, chores can be an effective parenting tool only if you master the art of motivating your tween.
Charts, reminders, and well placed notes are all ways of motivating your child. These methods can be very effective, but they can also be very time consuming. If time is something you have precious little of, take heart. There is a way of motivating your tween that does not increase your already heavy workload.READ More on Parenting and Coaching Tweens to Get Chores Done

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Traveling with KidsWith summer almost here, many families are planning a family getaway. Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit trying for parents, particularly when the kids are small. Small children often have very short attention spans, and they're not able to become absorbed in reading a book for instance, to while away several hours of a trip. Trips are hard on kids of all ages, because most kids want to move around and do fun things. Smaller kids have the most difficult time with traveling though, because on short hour can seem like a whole day to them. So keeping them occupied while traveling can be a challenge.

There are many things you can do to help make traveling with kids a more enjoyable experience though. Some things work well for smaller children, while others are usually best for kids a little older. Most of the techniques we cover here are for traveling with kids in a car, but some of the tips can be used for air travel, trains or buses too. READ More on Tips When Traveling With Kids

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CareBears Personalized Music   

Sure to delight the kids, More4kids ® is proud to annouce the release of a CareBears Personalized Music Album. What is personalized music? Personalized childrens music features your childs name sung withing the songs. It is not only fun, but helps build self-esteem and love for music.

Songs featured on this album are:

  1. Close Your Eyes
  2. Care Bears Are Here
  3. Nothing Like a Care Bear
  4. Life as a Care Bear
  5. Starlight's Dreaming
  6. A Beautiful Day
  7. Birthday Surprise
  8. A Care Bears' Best Friend

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astronaut on the moonI was reflecting tonight on my childhood role models and the effect they had in my life. As a child I idolized Neil Armstrong. He helped instill in me my sense of adventure. The most important lesson I learned from my hero is that there is nothing a person can't do once they set their mind to it. Unfortunately many young kids role models tend to be cartoons. Children need and want positive role models to look up to in their life. Real life role models. Knowing that their are people in the world that like the same thing that they do, and are accomplished, interesting, and committed, will fuel their optimism, desire, and persistence.

Below are 3 ways in which you can give your kids some great role models to look up to. READ More on Role Models – Giving your child somebody to look up to

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happy teen coupleIt only seemed yesterday when you where holding your child in your arms. How fast they grow up! Most parents have some fears of the day their child will start dating. It is the big sign that they are entering adulthood. But it’s important to remember that they do still need you now and this is a normal development phase of the teen years. Here are a few things you can do to help make dating easier for both of you. READ More on Teen Dating Parenting Tips

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soldier saluting flag - remember our troops this Memorial DayMemorial Day commemorates those who have fought and died as well as those who are still fighting for freedom. With many of our friends, sons and daughters oversees this year, it is important to to remember our men and women around the world by honoring them with a special family ceremony by lowering the flag at half mast. Say a prayer for them and their safe return to our shores. Undoubtedly, you will be celebrating Memorial Day by having a barbeque at your home. As most of us will have the day off with our families, here are some Memorial Day game ideas to make this day even more enjoyable.

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The next time you punish your child for something, one question to ask yourself, is "how do I feel?" Are you a parent who would like to know why you cannot seem to get your children to listen to you after they have made a mistake or have done something wrong by breaking the family rules? Do you try to fix every problem as soon as it happens, on the spot, while still steaming with anger inside?

To become the best possible parents that you can to your children when they break the rules or make mistakes, you must learn to control your own emotions in times of anger, and avoid punishing your kids when you are upset. Of course it is understandable to want to take corrective action immediately when your child's mishap is fresh. READ More on Parenting Tip of the Day: Avoid Puninshing When Angry

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