How to Handle a Child Who is Talking Back: Common Problems and Tips
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How to Handle a Child Who is Talking Back: Common Problems and Tips

Dealing with a child who’s talking back is aggravating, frustrating, and can make even the calmest adult lose their cool. Here are six tips for when your kids are talking back. “You’re not the boss of me!” “I don’t have to!” “No!” Kids talking back is one of the most trying issues we face as…

How to Get Your Child to Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth
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How to Get Your Child to Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth

Brushing teeth is one of the very first life skills our kids learn. And while some children take to this task immediately, others are more resistant. Here are a few tips for how to ease the transition and make this healthy habit commonplace. If getting your child to brush their teeth feels more like a chore…

How to Get Toddlers and Kids to Clean up Toys in Six Easy Steps
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How to Get Toddlers and Kids to Clean up Toys in Six Easy Steps

Cleaning up toys after play is a perfect opportunity for toddlers and kids to learn responsibility. Here’s how to get your child to help without a struggle. Toddlers and young children are like human tornadoes — all it takes is a moment with your back turned to discover that your child’s bedroom (and the hallway,…

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6 Tips for Teaching Responsibility to Children: a Step-by-Step Guide

Most kids aren’t naturally responsible and need to be taught. Here are six tips for teaching responsibility to kids.  If you’re like most parents you’ve probably dreamed of a world where your kids are more responsible: They pick up their toys without reminders Consistently place their laundry in the hamper instead of the floor Brush…

8 Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset Examples and How to Help Kids Improve

8 Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset Examples and How to Help Kids Improve

These eight growth mindset and fixed mindset examples, featuring kids, can help you determine which mindset your child has and how to help them improve. “I can’t do it!” “I’m stupid!” “Why should I even try?” Any parent who hears these words from their child inevitably feels helpless knowing their child’s self-view is so negative….

The Basic Needs of a Child: 9 Essential Things Every Child Needs to Thrive
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The Basic Needs of a Child: 9 Essential Things Every Child Needs to Thrive

A child’s basic needs include their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. All children need their basic needs met in order to thrive throughout childhood and adulthood. When a child’s social, emotional, and physical needs are met, they’re given a sure foundation on which to experience a happy childhood and achieve their full potential. It’s also…

24 Basic Table Manners All Kids Need to Learn

24 Basic Table Manners All Kids Need to Learn

Learning basic table manners helps prepare kids for eating with others and a variety of social situations when they’re older. When we think of life skills our kids will need, table manners usually don’t immediately come to mind. In fact, good table manners might seem more like a “nice to have” life skill to teach our kids….

Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect
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Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect

It is possible to model and teach kids respect without allowing them to walk all over us. Here are four ways to make that happen. “You’re stupid!” your child yells as she crosses her arms and stomps her feet, giving you the stink eye.  Your offense? Telling her that she needs to wait to have…

These 5 Family Rules are Essential for Raising Well-Adjusted Kids
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These 5 Family Rules are Essential for Raising Well-Adjusted Kids

Established family rules help everyone know what’s expected of them. Here’s your guide to best practices for developing and establishing your family’s rules. Plus, five rules every family should have. “No one told me I had to clean up!” my daughter exclaimed after I asked her to put away her paint, paper, and brushes strewn…

Kids Don’t Want Perfect Parents, They Just Need Real Ones
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Kids Don’t Want Perfect Parents, They Just Need Real Ones

Trying to be a perfect parent for your child can actually do them more harm than good. Here’s why imperfect parents make the best parents for kids’ emotional health. “Mom, it was pajama day today and I was the only one not wearing pajamas!” my daughter exclaimed moments after descending from the school bus.  Her…

How to Raise Responsible Kids – Not Just Obedient Ones
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How to Raise Responsible Kids – Not Just Obedient Ones

Help your kids develop a sense of personal responsibility.  This post contains affiliate links, see my Disclosure Policy. True story: back in my early 20s I thought kids’ behavior could be entirely controlled by parents. OK, so maybe I wasn’t quite that clueless, but not far from it… Why are kids so noisy in stores?, I…