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Having trouble finding books you want to read to your children? Check out this web site. Started by parents who wanted to promote books which support and expand children's understanding of their life experiences in positive, affirming, and educational ways.

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Pick Appropriate Toys for Kids

EarthTimes has an interesting article about purchasing toys for kids this season. Instead of listening to the toy requests from young children that have been prompted by TV, select toys that compliment your child's age, interests and developmental stage. Just because a child wants a particular toy does not mean she knows enough to select an appropriate one. That is a job for parents.

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Are Your Children Overscheduled?

Recently, some British friends were visiting their grandchildren in the U.S. They returned saying they had a wonderful time but noticed that their two granddaughters had so many scheduled activities that they had trouble when they were not going to some planned activity. The idea of free time to just "be" was foreign to them. Children need to have "down time" where they can learn to entertain themselves.

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Help for Out of Control Kids

Parenting is a tough job but full of rewards and satisfaction if you have have a parenting style that works. Children today need guidance not punishment, boundaries  not unlimited freedom and parents who have the strength to be parents not friends to their children. Educate yourself in parenting strategies that can make your discipline effective and respectful.

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To Spank or Not to Spank Children

Many parents still believe in spanking. But what does it teach children? It teaches them to be afraid, that violence is an acceptable response, and does not train children to use their intellect to resolve problems. Spanking only comes from frustrated parents who have run out of resources to help them handle problematic situations. Parenting classes can help these parents learn better, non-punitive, non-violent ways to discipline their children.

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Parenting Guilt

Be careful if you give into your children or give them special attention because you feel guilty about some area of their life is lacking. If parents are going through a tough period, like a divorce or some other situation that the parent feels responsible for, making special allowances for their children that communicate that the rules that everyone else is bound by do not apply to them can be a big mistake. This can encourage children to act and behave without taking responsibility for their actions.

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There is a new product on the market. Parents can buy a jacket for $500 that has a GPS unit sewed into the lining and pay $20 a month for a subscription to be able to locate the jacket. In this new culture of fear, products are being marketed which in effect take the place of parental involvement in relating to children about important family values and issues like what kids need to know to be safe. After all, the GPS unit only tracks where your child's jacket is, not your child.

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There was a recent article from the Associated Press with statistics that parents are  putting more time into being parents and child rearing activities today than they did  10 years ago. What good news! More limits on TV viewing and more time spent reading to children and encouraging more academic extra-curricular activities.

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Traveling with Kids

The holidays are coming up and families may be doing more traveling in the car. Instead of occupying everyone with iPods, DVD's or electronic games, try something that can make the time pass and be a way for everyone to relate to one another.  Games like taking turns singing, using the alphabet to call out something you see that starts with a particular letter can be fun and educational.  Try having everyone create a story where someone starts and then stops. The next person starts and adds their ideas and the story grows. And, my favorite trick to keep kids from asking 'how much longer?'. I said '10 minutes' no matter how far from the destination we were. They only ...

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Parents Need Training Too

Parenting training and education should be made easily available to everyone who is or going to be a parent. Learning a positive, effective parenting style can enhance your parenting experience and more importantly support you in raising happy, cooperative and respectful kids. Improving your parent-child relationship is one of the most important things you can do.

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