Em Perkins

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Perturbed By My Son's Procrastination

<i>My son is a horrible procrastinator. I can't for the life of me get him to do homework or even 10 minutes of chores without a major fight. Things end up taking five times as long as they need to. Any advice?</i><p>Your son is not alone in his challenge with diving in to life's less enjoyable tasks. Just …

Procrastination

Parenting: 21 Signs You've Nailed It

Parenthood is no Norman Rockwell painting, but if you've mastered being a parent, it probably looks something like this.<p><b>1.</b> You can eat with one hand while holding a baby on your hip and soothing the sobbing toddler attached to your leg.<p><b>2.</b> Date night now features a Shirley Temple with someone less …

Toddler Sleep 101: What You Need to Know

How many hours of sleep does your toddler need? And does he really have to nap? We answer some common questions about toddler sleep.<p>Some toddlers sleep through the night and others turn bedtime into a battle, but most kids share general sleep tendencies. Here are answers to common questions on …

Importance of Doing Puzzles With Your Kids

By Elissa Sungar for GalTime.com<p>January 29th is National Puzzle Day. This is a perfect opportunity to share different puzzles with your kids and have some fun quality time with them, too. Research shows puzzles are educational, especially in the area of mathematics, and they offer developmental …

Never (Ever?) Talk to Strangers

This morning, after outfitting all three kids as though they were about to race a leg of the Iditarod, I huddled them into the minivan and drove to my kindergartener's school, the usual first stop on our morning drop-off journey. But when I rounded the corner in front of the school, I instantly …

The One Thing All Parents Can Count On

Almost a year ago, my toddler twins went through a nudist phase. Every afternoon, we'd put them down for their nap, and once that bedroom door shut, the pants came off. Of course, it would have been fine if they stopped there, but no, they wanted to go Full Monty, which meant the diaper had to come …

Parenting

How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement

Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that struck a chord with both my husband and me.<p>Both of us hail from immigrant families who arrived to the US in the 1970s. Both of us grew up …

Kids

The Importance of Modeling the Behavior You Want to See

I work in the field of addictions. Most of the addicts I treat report having discovered alcohol or drugs at a very young age, 11 or 12. Teenage years aren't easy, but when a teenager discovers that alcohol or drugs take the edge off their anxiety, gives them that little shot of courage that they …

Parenting

Where Children's Problems Stem From: Nature's Blueprint Part 3 -- Parent Beyond "Love"

The love of a parent for a child is perhaps the most powerful human love.<p>When Solomon was confronted with two women who claimed to be the mother of the same baby, he bade the swordsman to cut it in two and gave each woman half. Whereupon one claimed the other was the mother and Solomon, recognizing …

Parenting

10 Tips on Good Parenting

Parenting involves a certain amount of discretion. There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expressions of love, and toughness. Suppose I was standing in a coconut garden and you asked me, "How much water per plant?" I would say, "At …

5 Ways to Be a Better Role Model: Doing the Right Thing

If you want your child to tell the truth, follow all the rules, and be kind to others, you've got to be a super role model.<p>It was a beautiful day and I was riding my bike with my 7-year-old. We were both having fun. No one was whining.<p>The next moment, Kaarina's bike smashed into the back bumper of …

One Genius Way For Parents To Stop Having The Same Old Fight

I threw down the gauntlet -- well, a yellow rubber glove -- in the early seventies when my newfound feminist consciousness collided with simmering resentment. I simply couldn't listen to "I did the pots" again -- my (then) husband's nightly announcement after spending his 15 minutes in the kitchen. …

Essential 8 Comics For Kids – Why Comics, And Spider-Man, Are Going to be Alright After All

<i>By Erik Grove</i><p>The first comic book I ever got my hands on was <i>GI Joe</i> #84. My mom took my older brother and I into the city to see a movie and there was …

4 Creative Ways to Bond With Your Kids

<i>By Dr. Robyn Silverman for KnowMore.tv</i><p>We all get busy with our kids. We drop off. We pick up. We go to play-dates, birthday parties and school plays. With so much time with our children, you'd think we'd feel fully connected everyday. But all time spent isn't quality time.<p>With all this running …

3 Ways Your Unhappy Marriage May Be Hurting Your Kids

<i>By Nancy Pina for YourTango.com</i><p>We're often warned about the detrimental effects divorce can have on children: It can make them insecure, worried, or harm their ability to have a successful marriage later on in life. But do you really believe all that? Relationship expert and marriage and …

How Parents Can Turn Frozen's Big Twist Into a Teachable Moment

The Disney movie's dark take on Prince Charming offers what Cinderella or The Little Mermaid don't: a chance to talk to my young kids about love and relationships.<p>Have you heard the song “Let It Go,” from the soundtrack of the latest Disney blockbuster, <i>Frozen</i>? Chances are, given its runaway success …

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)

When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them <i>long-term.</i><p>When my four daughters were young, <i>long-term</i> didn't resonate with me. Back then it was about survival, …

Time for the Truth: What Does it Really Mean When Kids Lie?

<b>My son cut a hole in his t-shirt the other day.</b> Well, according to him, the scissors were just walking on the counter when they walked right over to …

Pajama Walks Before Bedtime

Editor's Note: <i>In an ongoing series, Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, a</i> Parents <i>advisor, will be guest blogging once a month with advice, tips, and personal stories on how parents can "savor the moment" and maximize the time they spend with kids. Read more posts by Harley Rotbart on Goodyblog and on Parents</i> …

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the …

TV Time Linked With Poor Sleep In Preschoolers

<i>By Tara Haelle</i><p>It may be tempting to park a child in front of the TV for a couple hours a day. But that peace and quiet may backfire if the child sleeps less at night.<p>A recent study found that the more TV preschool children watched during the day, the less sleep they generally got at night. The …