Why Medicating Your Child Isn’t A Terrible Thing To Do

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By Meika Rouda No parent wants to drug their child. I really believe no one. While the media would have us think that American parents are all eagerly waiting on line to grab ADHD drugs or anxiety medication or anti depressants for their children, it just isn’t true. Medication is the last resort, when everything […]

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Self-esteem and the Dreaded Piano

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By: Shannon Ralph “I’ll never be good enough,” Sophie says as she frowns at the musical notes on the page. “I’m just stupid.” These are words that can cut straight to the heart of any parent. Words that feel like a punch in the stomach, and can instantly take your breath away. No parent wants […]

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Baby Registry List For The Modern Parent

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2015 Baby Registry Guide Note from the Editor: This is a compilation of our staff favorites with a heavy hand from my wife and me.  We very specifically chose items for not just moms, but for dads too, because we know that today’s parent buyer consists of more than moms. Our search revealed how often […]

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Parenting Coach Q & A: “You’re Not My Real Family”

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By: Rebecah Freeling/ Parenting Coach and Behavior Specialist Question: Dear Rebecah- My parents are acting as the surrogate grandparents of a very “spirited,” strong-willed, 6-year-old boy. The boy doesn’t get a lot of structure at home and he’s easily frustrated, and he’s been acting up more and more lately – not just yelling, but also […]

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The Minimum Requirement for An “A” In Parenting

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By Ann Brown There really are no new topics in parenting. It’s the old same themes, just with new details. Or maybe that’s what I tell myself when I’m on a deadline for a parenting article and I have a headache from last night’s extensive “research” for pairing the best wine with each of the […]

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Tips on Parenting: What Would Michelle Duggar Do?

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By Ann Brown Discussions have been lively in parenting classes this month. We’ve been talking about practicing good behavior with our kids. Well, it’s not exactly accurate to say, “we’ve been talking…” Admittedly, I’ve been doing most of the talking, and the parents have been doing most of the listening. I think they were listening, […]

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Q & A Toddlers and Hitting: My Son Hits And Pushes Other Kids!

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Note from the editor: It is important to us that TNF expose you to both sides of the coin on parenting issues. Your child may not fit the personality described by one writer but s/he may very well be like another. In this Q & A segment we will juxtapose two parenting philosophies –one as […]

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Parents: Do Something New With Your Kids

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By Brandy Black I have started a five-week fall challenge with The Next Family and this week is “do something new with your kids.” It sounds simple, we do new things with our families all the time, our children are learning about new things daily but the reality is, it’s far too easy to get […]

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Parenting and The Facts of Life

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By: Danny Thomas For many of my generation there is an iconic lyric… A refrain from a piece of pop culture that has become so universal And such an influence that the words have taken on the status of a proverb… I’m sure the sentiment, and versions of the adage go back to the dawn […]

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