1. Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with Kids

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    “Why can’t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?” If you’ve asked yourself this question regularly, you’re not alone. Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood....
  2. Running Away Part II: “Mom, I Want to Come Home.”

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    In part two of this series on running away, James tells you how to handle it when your child is on the streets, and what to say when they come home—including giving them consequences for their actions. The intent of this article is to support parents in situations where their...
  3. Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child

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    Do you have a strong-willed child? You’re lucky! Strong-willed children can be a challenge when they’re young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. Self-motivated and inner-directed, they go after what they want and are almost impervious to peer pressure. As long as parents resist the...
  4. Best Way to Lose Weight after Christmas and New Year

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    You’d have to be super-human to resist the odd mince pie or slice of cake over Christmas, and a few sneaky extra pounds always creep on. Feeling the January bulge a little? Can’t blame the washing machine for making your jeans tighter than they should be? But with a new...
  5. Christmas Punch (Alcoholic or Not)

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    Christmas Punch is an absolute must for the holiday season! A Christmas Punch is an easy and delicious holiday party drink packed with fruits like cranberries, oranges, and pomegranates. Keep it non-alcoholic or add rum or vodka for extra holiday spirit! Servings: 8 cups Ingredients 1 orange sliced 1 cup...
  6. The science behind successful New Years’ Resolutions

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    “A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. New Years’ Resolutions are a great tradition. You...
  7. 5 of the Hardest Things Parents Face

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    Watching my child struggle without stepping in to “fix” things for him was one of the hardest things I’ve personally experienced as a mom, even though I knew it was the best thing for him. And the truth is, from the very beginning, being a mother is a balance of...
  8. Sibling Fighting: 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Get Along

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    We’ve all heard the following phrases from our kids: “Stop touching me!” “Give that back!” “Knock it off!” “MOM, he took my stuff!” “DAD, she won’t stay on her side of the car!” Sometimes it’s simply annoying and frustrating, like fingernails on a chalkboard. Other times, arguments cross the line...

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