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Reading to Your Child

Want to know what will help your child the most as she progresses beyond third grade?  Reading to your child will have the greatest benefit.  The reason?  Experts tell us there is a difference between our spoken and written vocabulary.  Children will have a hard time reading words that they have never heard.  Most schools begin to introduce books that are written in literary
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Making Rules For Your Family – Part II

Every family needs to have rules. If a family has some rules that are non-negotiable, and have logical consequences, the whole family will be more relaxed. These rules should be explained clearly, and repeated when appropriate.  Big brother is told when he is angry to use his words, and his little sister can rest assured her big brother will not hit her.  When Dad puts matches in a safe place, he reminds
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Discipline without Damage

  Human nature being what it is, we know children will push against the boundaries that are set for them.  They want to know what the consequences are.  They want to know what they can get away with.  We need to correct them to teach them that rules are to be respected.  But we also want to encourage them to try again, and not feel rejected when they
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Your Children Need a Leader

Being a parent can be a very demanding job. You can be so busy with your children – meeting their needs, considering their schedules, and buying them supplies – that you begin to feel like their executive assistant, rather than being the parent.  Remember, you are in charge, and children need an example of good leadership. Here are some tips to help you turn
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Making Rules For Your Family: Part I

The atmosphere of your home is so important.  You as a parent need peace in order to plan ahead, carry out tasks, and enjoy your children.  And children need peace in order to accomplish their goals as well.  Although they sometimes seem to get in trouble just because they need attention, most of the time they want to be able to cooperate with their
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