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Teaching Your Child Emotional Responsibility

As human beings, we make choices on a regular basis. From the second we wake up in the morning ‘til the moment our heads hit the pillow at night, the unfolding of our day directly reflects the choices we make. Pantsuit or shorts? Interstate or backroad? Gym or couch? Red wine or white wine? Vegetables or pizza? All of these ...

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How Kavanaugh’s Nomination Can Help Us Become Better Parents

Over the weekend, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. My feelings regarding his nomination were conflicting and juxtaposing. As a conservative, I feel reassured knowing that the inherent values I and my peers deem important regarding this country’s social, political, and economic issues will be viewed under a careful and rational ...

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The Guilt Of Being A Working Mother

Ali Wong, the mother-comedian-entertainer extraordinaire, once said (and I’m paraphrasing), “My husband and I work REALLY hard to pay someone else to raise our children for us.” Now, if you’re a parent – particularly if you’re in a partnership in which both spouses work – this comment is every bit as hysterical as it is bitingly accurate. That’s because any ...

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Teaching Our Children How To Love

In 1910, the psychoanalytic therapist, Sigmund Freud, coined the term “Oedipus Complex” in reference to a general observation he had made regarding the relationship between a child and their parent of the opposite sex. Freud believed a child subconscious harvested sexual and emotional feelings for their mother or father (respectively) and thus, harbored resentment toward the other parent that prevented ...

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How To Treat Daycare Teachers

There’s no nice way to put this: every time I walk through the doors of my toddler’s daycare and round the corner to his classroom what is certain to ensue is pure chaos. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a beautiful kind of chaos – the kind filled with a cacophony of kids yelling and deserted toys haphazardly strung across ...

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Teaching Children Liberal Bigotry

My son is too young to comprehend the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between people. He understands that there is an inherent difference between boys and girls or little kids and adults, but his grasp on things like race, skin color, sexuality, and cultural differences is non-existent. My nephew is a bit older than my son and remarkably in-tune with characteristic ...

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Make America Spank Again

I can’t put my finger on when exactly spanking went from being an effective means of disciplining your child to suddenly being a corporal punishment of epic proportions that perpetuates violence and emotional stunting. However, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it probably happened around the same time kids became self-entitled brats with zero sense ...

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8 Seemingly Small Things Every Kid Needs To Know

I’ve received a LOT of parenting tips over the years – some provoked, others completely unsolicited. Some of the parenting tips I’ve acquired have proven to be very useful in structuring my relationship with my child and helping guide him into a well-rounded human being. Others… not so much. Among the countless pearls of wisdom bestowed on me, one of ...

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How To Talk To Your Child About Suicide

There have been more high-profile suicides in the last year than in a few decades combined. While that number is skewed by the fact that accidental overdoses and other random deaths are unverifiable, it would appear that blatant suicides in recent months have left no doubt as to the intended purpose. As an admirer of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Chris ...

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