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Parenting
11/11/2013
More Precious Than Gold? Several orthodontists in our town offer a candy buy back the day after Halloween. Our orthodontist says he does it because so many kids break their appliances with sticky, chewy candy. Most parents I know would like to see it gone for a plethora of other reasons, our own waistlines included, but how? More >>

Tags: Health, Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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11/04/2013
To Brush or Not To Brush: Secrets to Removing the Tooth Brushing Battles There are few proven tips to trauma-free tooth brushing.

Apply logical consequences. One gift we can give our children is the understanding that life, freedom and responsibilities go together. Applying logical consequences teaches children this connection. More >>

Tags: Health, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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10/28/2013
Halloween Safety Tips The National Safety Council has put together some holiday tips to keep children safe on Halloween. More >>

Tags: Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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10/21/2013
Keep Talking Whether it be internet use, bullying at school, peer pressure, drugs or alcohol, sex, you name it, most parents are concerned about their kids and want to help them make the right choices. More >>

Tags: Addiction, Character-Courage-Conscience, Education, Health, Parenting, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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10/14/2013
Five Ways to Cope Effectively with Toddlers Toddlers can be challenging but understanding why they act and react as they do can make the daily interactions with one far more pleasant and productive. More >>

Tags: Behavior, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Stress
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10/07/2013
Yearning for Tradition, Meaning and More Extraordinary Experiences There's a trend that's growing stronger: boys are asking girls to formal dances with the sort of over-the-top gestures that rival grown men proposing marriage. More >>

Tags: Dating, Education, Friendships, Parenting, Relationships, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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09/23/2013
5 Ways to Thrive Staying Home with Kids During the Elementary Years How can you thrive as a stay-at-home once your kids start school? Find out in this week's Kid Focused blog. More >>

Tags: Education, Parenting, Values
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09/09/2013
We Focus on Whether They're 'Good Kids,' But Are They Kind? I've recently realized that as a parent I've been focused on civilizing my children the first chunk of their lives... Yet now for my two oldest children, I'm focused on whether they have their priorities straight. More >>

Tags: Character-Courage-Conscience, Character/Courage/Conscience, Parenting, Values
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09/03/2013
Self-Respect Gets No Respect Parents worry about self-esteem with their children. A low self-esteem is correlated with poor academic and personal development. Building a healthy self-esteem takes years, and parents, teachers and the child's community help foster the child to feel good about him or herself while growing up... More >>

Tags: Behavior, Internet-Media, Internet/Media, Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, MaryJoRapini.com, Morals/Ethics/Values, Personal Responsibility, Personal Responsiblity, Self-respect, Sex, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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08/26/2013
Say What? Three Tips to Help Parents to Make Communication with Teens Easier Parents desperately want to communicate with their kids. But few know how to get a tight-lipped teen to open up. The result is a dead-end "chat" that leaves both parent and child feeling disconnected... More >>

Tags: Attitude, Family/Relationships - Teens, Health, Self-esteem, Teens, Values
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