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  • Lakeland, FL
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Alternatives for good behavior other than candy

When I go to the mall, I take my toddler in his stroller. I see other moms with their kids and constantly hear them bribe them with candy if they stay in the stroller and stop whining or whatever. I…Continue

Started Mar 24

Divert focus of nose picker

My three-year-old son is a nose picker. We just can't seem to break him from this habit and it's embarrassing when he does it in public. It's to the point now that we think he may be doing it on…Continue

Started Mar 17

Put your health first

My daughter-in-law expects me to keep my three grandchildren every Saturday and they go home Sunday around 3 PM. I realize this gives her and my son time to do errands and to also have a little alone…Continue

Started Mar 10

Get stepdaughter to make friends with family dog

My stepdaughter visits us each weekend and we enjoy her company very much. However, she seems to be quite jealous of our dog. We're not sure why but the only reason we can think of is maybe because…Continue

Started Mar 6

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Alternatives for good behavior other than candy

When I go to the mall, I take my toddler in his stroller. I see other moms with their kids and constantly hear them bribe them with candy if they stay in the stroller and stop whining or whatever. I was wondering if it was too terribly bad to actually offer candy for good behavior if they only have it once or twice a week?This is called positive reinforcement. For good behavior, they get a reward. It should be fine if your son only gets candy once a week. - Rob Cruzen in Wildwood, MOFROM…See More
Mar 24
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Divert focus of nose picker

My three-year-old son is a nose picker. We just can't seem to break him from this habit and it's embarrassing when he does it in public. It's to the point now that we think he may be doing it on purpose because he laughs and runs away when we tell him to stop. What should we do?When I was a kid, my grandmother put a little dab of hot sauce on the finger I used for picking my nose. It was the last straw when I just wouldn't stop. The hot sauce worked but it left me screaming as well. If you're…See More
Mar 17
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Put your health first

My daughter-in-law expects me to keep my three grandchildren every Saturday and they go home Sunday around 3 PM. I realize this gives her and my son time to do errands and to also have a little alone time, but the kids, ages 3, 5 and 7 are exhausting. I don't want to be a mean grandmother but it's just getting too much for me. How is the best way to bring this up without sounding petty or selfish?If you can't discuss this with your daughter-in-law, maybe you'll feel more comfortable talking to…See More
Mar 10
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Buying bunnies as pets for kids

We have been reading that bunnies can make pretty good pets. Our kids have been asking for one for some time now. Since they are still young, five and seven, I think we should just start with a hamster and see how that goes. If they take care of it to a reasonably good standard, then maybe in a couple of years we could try a rabbit. What do you think?Rabbits are a ton of work. It involves much more than a cute little bunny sitting in a cage. Ask your vet specific questions. Trying a kitten or a…See More
Feb 24
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Potty training twins

We have twins, one girl and one boy, and are attempting potty training. It's been a tough go because the girl seems to wait until her brother does something before trying it. He could care less about it. Any ideas how to get him interested? They will be three in August and have to be trained before they can go to preschool.When our twins were around three, it was our son who wanted to do things his sister did. And, she was not interested in potty training. The end result was that we had to let…See More
Feb 20
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Know it all teens

My 14-year-old twins, one girl and one boy, think they know everything. It's impossible to try to talk to them about almost anything without them rolling their eyes and saying that they already know about whatever it is I'm trying to explain. It's one thing for them to do this to me but they are now doing it to their grandparents and I don't like it one bit. How do parents get through to their teens and put an end to this mess once and for all?If you will think back, you will probably remember…See More
Jan 16
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Teach kids to do their own laundry

We have four kids and it's a battle everyday for them to pick up dirty clothes off of their bedroom floor. They are old enough to do this one thing but for some reason, we can't get through to them.We had the same problem with two of our kids, even after we made it perfectly clear that if their clothes were not in the laundry basket, they were not going to be washed. The third, a boy, did not care if his clothes were dirty and wrinkled. Finally, I bought each one of them their own personal…See More
Jan 3
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Show and tell older kids

We have five girls and one son. Our son is the baby of the family and is now one. However, our daughters do everything for him. We are afraid that he will not learn anything on his own as well as become really spoiled. How can we get these little girls to understand that while their love is appreciated, they have to let their little brother do some things by himself without making them upset?My husband and I talked about this question, since we also have five daughters and one son. We allowed…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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Gift suggestions for military sister and family

My sister is coming home from the service for the holidays this year for the first time in several years. Our grandmother has been raising her three kids. We're all meeting at our grandmother's house, including nieces and nephews I haven't seen in years. We'd all like to make this time special. Could you please recommend neat gifts for kids and adults for ages 1 to 65?Here are some neat gifts I got for kids in my large family that your family will love. The Scribble and Play eWriter lets kids…See More
Dec 12, 2016
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Sounds may be good for crying baby

Our two-month-old baby is anything but a happy girl. Her high, shrill wails and bouts of crying we endure for several hours every single night and it is very stressful for everyone in the house. Isn't there something that will help her go to sleep and quiet down naturally without placing her in any kind of harm's way physically or emotionally? I used a baby sling that placed our infant son right around my stomach. Then, I cleaned house, washed dishes, did the laundry or whatever chores I had…See More
Dec 5, 2016
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Pre-school selection can be daunting

Our son will turn four in December and we need help in selecting the right preschool for him. We just moved to the area and need a guideline of what to look for in a good preschool.Get to know your new neighbors and see which preschool they currently use or have used in the past. Don't be afraid to ask questions, especially if you have certain requirements for your son. - Rose S. in Clayton, MOFROM JODIE:Selecting a preschool can be a daunting mission for anyone, even more so if you are new to…See More
Nov 21, 2016
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Limitations on digital media for toddlers

My 20-month-old son goes to a mom's day out program twice a week. Many of the moms volunteer a couple of times a month in the classroom. I've noticed that during free time some of the kids have iPads and seem to really enjoy various types of educational games and material on them. My son loves to play and touch the screen on my phone and computer. Could you recommend apps that are fun but also teach our kids?I have five kids all under the age of eight with the youngest one being one and a half…See More
Nov 14, 2016
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Texting or sending thank you note

Our daughter recently had her 10th birthday and a wonderful party with some really cool gifts. She wants to say thank you in person or send a text, but I want her to actually hand write thank you cards as she has done for the past few years. Her dad thinks her idea is perfectly fine but I disagree. What is the right thing to do in today's society?Our 12-year-old daughter just had a great birthday party too. She invited around 20 of her friends and got some pretty cool gifts. She is very much…See More
Nov 7, 2016
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Parent/teacher conferences for older kids

I know you have offered tips on parent-teacher conferences before but now my kids are in high school. They do not share much with me about exactly what goes on. How can I ask each one of their teachers about what takes place in each class and other things I would like to know about in such a short time? Also, can I ask them to keep our conversation between us and not bring it up to the kids?My husband and I find that it simply takes both of us to see each one of the high school teachers for our…See More
Oct 24, 2016
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Mom time is important

I am the mom of four kids under the age of nine. I feel stressed out at the end of each day and by the evening I feel like pulling my hair out! I think if I could exercise or do something for myself, I would be able to cope better but at this time it seems null and void. Are there some small but significant things that I could do for myself without feeling guilty like I am taking time away from my family?I have three kids with very busy schedules. Needless to say, I completely understand what…See More
Oct 17, 2016
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Helping 4-year-old develop listening skills

Our daughter goes to a preschool with other four-year-olds and a few of them will turn five before Christmas. The teacher has already sent home a couple of emails telling us that our daughter does not listen very well. What are some things we can do?As a former preschool teacher, I would recommend that you ask the teacher what that means. Does your daughter not follow directions during activities? Does she interrupt at group activities? Does she interrupt at group times? Does she not respond to…See More
Oct 3, 2016

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