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10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

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You probably wouldn’t use old-school phrases like “Wait until your father gets home” or “I wish you were more like your sister” with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and yours. 1. “Great Job.” Research has shown that tossing out a generic phrase like

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4 Ways to Package Gift Cards for Teachers

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Personalize a go-to gift with a fun presentation and a goofy message. 1. For a coffee shop card: “Thanks a latte!” or “You’re tea-rrific!” written on a cup sleeve. 2. For a bookstore card: “So glad you’re in this chapter of our lives!” given with a handmade bookmark. 3. For an office-supply store card: “Supplies!

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Plan a Stress-Free Holiday

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5 “Jobs” for Keeping Kids Busy Games and coloring pages are great, but bouncing-off-the-walls kids might settle down more happily with something useful to do (all the better if it means one of your preholiday tasks gets done). Centerpiece creation: Give each child a pillar candle set on an aluminum pie plate, and have her

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An On-the-Go Conversation Game

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A few years back, my daughter, Devin, then age 8, stopped talking to me after school. “How was your day, honey?” I’d ask as she climbed into the backseat. “Good.” “What did you do?” “Nothing.” “Nothing?” “Nothing.” “But it was good?” “Yessssss, Mommy.” The more I lobbed questions her way, the more she shut down,

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5 Real-World Issues That Worry Young Kids

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From an adult perspective, the life of a young child may look like pure bliss. But in reality, today’s kids live with many big issues that provoke fear and anxiety, depending on their circumstances. Here are five worries that can rock your child’s world — and how to help him cope. Bullying The cruelty kids

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10 Annoying Things Every Parent Does (But Never Admits to)

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You swore never to be that parent–you know, the kind who brags about her kid being in the 90th percentile on the growth chart? But then you actually became a parent and now you do all sorts of things you promised yourself you’d never do, not that you’ll ever own up to it. Play the

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Sadderday — Avoid Overscheduling Busy Weekends

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My 6-year-old son, Dashiell, climbs into my bed every morning and asks, “Is it a school day?” On Saturdays, I get to tell him no. He cheers, but my heart is racing. The truth is, Saturdays make me tense. They are supposed to be relaxed, easygoing, “who wants more pancakes?” days. But instead, by 11:30

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Raising a Child Who Respects Difference

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I’m playing The Game of Life with two wriggly 6-year-olds, my daughter, Tess, and her buddy Matthew. We’re motoring along the board in our little plastic roadsters, and Tess arrives at the space that says “Get Married!” This is where you’re supposed to add a spouse to the passenger seat. A blue peg stands for

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