How to “KID SPEAK” about ENVY, SHAME & EMBARRASSMENT

This is how to teach your children. Envy is wanting or wishing you had something someone else has or had (a friend, party invitation, a toy) When you feel envy remember to give the person you envy a compliment (you…

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Why Do Feelings Matter to Kids…When Dr. Laura says it Doesn’t Matter How You Feel?

Most parents agree that they have the responsibility to keep their kids safe, provide for shelter and food and eventually pay for their kids education. So what else should be a part of this top priority list? I’ll tell you…

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Three Secrets to Successful Blended Families

Is your family made up of yours, mine and ours kids? Are you trying to be a super parent, stepparent and referee between all the kids? Raising children is the hardest job and blending different families on top of that…

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Stop Child Predators

I like to think of myself as politic free. I do not want to influence any parent one way or the other on political issues. I am not going to start now, but there is a bill in the Senate…

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Preschoolers Won’t Stop

Dear Dr. Ann, My son, Paul has just entered preschool. I spoke with his teacher this morning and she said that he is doing a great job in the classroom but when it comes time for the students to get…

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Pacifier Problems

Dear Dr. Ann please help with my serious pacifier problem! I believe your thoughts on weaning a child from a pacifier is that it shouldn’t be done unless he’s ready. And that a pacifier is a very emotional connection between…

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School’s In and Play’s Out…Why it’s so tough to start 1st grade (and beyond)!

Parents are experiencing crying kids and kids saying, “I don’t want to go to school, everyone is mean to me, I hate my teacher” and on and on. So why are kids not liking school? Kids are used to exercising…

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Children are the Victims of Domestic Violence…HELP!

CBS and the Orange County Register are asking for us to help children. There is a place in Orange County, CA where children are safe from domestic violence called the “Woman’s Transitional Living Center”. But, unfortunately the doors on this…

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Talking To Toddlers

Today was the first day of my Toddler Talk group in Mission Viejo, CA. Moms and Dads and their bright-eyed 1 to 3 year olds grabbed some toys and came into our playroom. I always bring a slide to teach…

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Sarah Palin, Alaskan ‘Mother’ Governor for Vice-President

Parenting should come first. The question that lots of parents might be asking themselves now is, “Can you be the 2nd most powerful person in the world and still take good care of your kids”? The answer is not easy,…

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