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How to End Arguments at the Checkout Line!

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If you dread shopping with your child, consider starting an allowance. Make a list of things your child could pay for with an allowance – and this will silence the phrase, “Can I have it?” You know what I mean … candy, bubble gum, the latest video games, shiny sparkly things. Plan ahead for your outings to the store, and let your kids learn early about the value of money. Read on for more tips:

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Preschoolers and the Value of Learning to Wait

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Just like we need to teach our toddlers how to put on a t-shirt and how to brush their teeth, we also need to teach our toddlers how to wait.

Waiting is challenging for our young children, because their developing brains haven’t grasped abstract concepts yet. This means that they can’t fully appreciate what will happen if they actually DO wait patiently. They just don’t have self-control yet.

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4 Steps to Tackling Backtalk

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When did it start in your house? If you said 2 years old, you are right in line with 99% of other parents.

A two year old is learning to assert himself or herself and can at times be very assertive, and sometimes even aggressive. This happens again when they are going through puberty, during the tween years, as well.

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She Said Whaat??

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Remember how it was before you had children? You’d see a mom or dad turn beet red when their little one shouted out, “Look, Daddy! That woman has silly hair!” You’d think, “Whoa. THAT’S gotta be embarrassing. That’ll never happen to me.” Soo, guess whose turn it is now?

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Work Equals More Stress, Right? Not So Fast ...

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Are you working outside the home or working as a stay-at-home parent?

My philosophy is that we are all “working parents” whether we are compensated with a paycheck or not – our “product” is an adult, ready for society. Since I’m currently employed, and feel boatloads of stress daily, yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal made me pause with this headline: “Work Creates Less Stress Than Home, Penn State Researchers Finds”. Wait. What??

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Children's Mental Health: What Parents Should Pay Attention To

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From Liz: Today's post comes from our newest Family Educator at Commonwealth Parenting, Courtney Bevan. Her expertise focuses on children with special needs. She teaches classes, and is available for one-on-one private consultation.

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Superhero Play Boosts Social Interactions

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From Liz: Today's post comes from our very own superhero, Karen Coltrane. Enjoy!

Superhero Play Boosts Social Interactions

By Karen Coltrane, President and CEO

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Listen, Linda, Listen!!

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Have you seen the YouTube video of young Mateo pleading his case for cupcakes? He parrots just what he's heard before... "Listen, Linda, Listen to me". Yet, how do we get them to listen to us??

Why don’t children listen?

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Community Corner: Books Can Change Lives

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

Books Can Change Lives!

By Kelly Beazley, CMoR Junior Board Member

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Life Notes: Hold your children accountable

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Huge thanks to Stacy Hawkins Adams for inviting me to share my thoughts on ‪kids‬ and ‪accountability‬ in her Richmond Times-Dispatch Life Notes column!

Parents of minors, whatever their age, should consider who you'd like them to be at ages 25 and 30. The values and habits you instill today can help them become responsible adults and will pay dividends for all of their tomorrows.

So says Liz Pearce, director of parent engagement for the Children's Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting, two youth-centric organizations that merged in September.

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