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  • Lakeland, FL
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Handling defiant kindergartner

Our son who is in kindergarten has just begun to be very defiant. His teacher recently took a maternity leave and there's a new one. Is this a part of it? How should we handle it?My husband and I…Continue

Started on Tuesday

Over-sensitive 20-month-old

Our 20-month-old daughter constantly starts crying over just about anything, but especially if we discipline her. What's the best way to handle this?Our daughter went through this at around…Continue

Started May 15

How to handle a whopper

Our eight-year-old daughter is constantly lying to us about random topics. Since she is an only child, at first we thought she was making use of her imagination but now it is really becoming a…Continue

Started May 8

Mother's Day gift ideas

My mom passed away when I was nine. The three people who helped raise me were my grandmother, an aunt and an older sister. These are my moms. I am now twenty-two and have a job and would like to get…Continue

Started May 1

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Handling defiant kindergartner

Our son who is in kindergarten has just begun to be very defiant. His teacher recently took a maternity leave and there's a new one. Is this a part of it? How should we handle it?My husband and I learned the hard way that the more defiant our 6-year-old son became the harder we came down on him just made things worse. The stricter we became the more he acted out and took his time about doing anything we asked him to do. Plus, he didn't do anything like he was supposed to. Everything was done…See More
Tuesday
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Over-sensitive 20-month-old

Our 20-month-old daughter constantly starts crying over just about anything, but especially if we discipline her. What's the best way to handle this?Our daughter went through this at around 22-months. She kept using the word bite when she became upset. We never found out if a bug, dog or whatever had bitten her, but she became pretty terrified. Finally, when it got way out of hand, our pediatrician suggested we get her a new best stuffed pal. She suggested that we take it everywhere we went…See More
May 15
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How to handle a whopper

Our eight-year-old daughter is constantly lying to us about random topics. Since she is an only child, at first we thought she was making use of her imagination but now it is really becoming a problem. How should we handle this?Our nine-year-old daughter told some whoppers; she felt that she was not as good at art as some of her classmates. When other kids start making wise cracks about another one's abilities, lies seem to be the route to take to help themselves feel better about whatever. It…See More
May 8
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Mother's Day gift ideas

My mom passed away when I was nine. The three people who helped raise me were my grandmother, an aunt and an older sister. These are my moms. I am now twenty-two and have a job and would like to get them special Mother's Day gifts that I can actually pay for myself for the first time. All of us enjoy the outdoors but I don't know what to buy. Any ideas would be great.My mom passed away early too. I did not have any siblings but lived with my grandmother and my aunt. These two ladies made sure…See More
May 1
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What to do about head-banging

My two-year-old is constantly banging his head on things when he gets upset. I don't get it. Why is he doing this and how do I stop it?My 18-month-old daughter will occasionally bang her head. I notice it most often when she is put into her crib at night when it's time for her to go to sleep. Our pediatrician said it was a way for her to comfort herself and to just keep an eye on the situation. He said as long as she does not harm herself, just to let her do it. However, it did get worse and we…See More
Apr 24
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Teaching an older kid cursive

We recently moved to a new city and state. Our son is in the fifth grade and doesn't know how to write in cursive. He can read it, but actually writing in cursive was taken out of the school curriculum a few years ago. It has been taught in the schools where we live now and the kids are really giving him a hard time. Most days, he comes home crying. How's the best way to handle this unfortunate situation? He doesn't want to get these kids in trouble because he'll be in school with them for a…See More
Apr 17
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Take son to academic counselor

Our son is a sophomore in high school and makes pretty good grades. However, if he wants a big ticket item, we tell him he can get a job and pay for it or make a straight A report card. We're kinda hoping he'll get a part-time job. Instead, he makes the straight A's even though he has to wait on the item until after we see his grades. We were wondering if this “sometimes” good grade situation will be looked at by colleges and will it keep him out of the better universities?Most colleges will…See More
Apr 3
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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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