Where is a 2 1/2 Year Old In Charge

We’re having a new problem (really between my husband and myself) in deciding when to give in to her need for attention. Marian is 2 1/2 and will tell us to stop talking to each other at the dinner table…

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Sorting Out The SuperNanny – Teaching Tolerance

Teaching tolerance is one of the most valuable lessons children can learn from their parents. This week the SuperNanny did a terrific job of helping both parents see that their family would be healthier and happier if they welcomed grandpa…

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Saying ‘It Hurts’ Gets Attention

Please help Dr. Ann one more time… owwies…. I am so over my daughter (end of kindergarten) showing, talking, touching, whining, fussing over “owwies” that are so small if they even exist? If I don’t completely engage her little bumps…

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Talking Back – When Kids Begin to Swear

Kids begin to swear around the age of 4. Not really, but they do use phrases like you are a “pooh, pooh head” and “I don’t like you anymore” and “You are the meanest mom”. Translated into teen language you…

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Sorting Out the Supper Nanny…Missed Opportunity in Prime Time!

Prime Time again decided to show the worst side of parenting. Parents using soap or hitting their children as a discipline technique is unimaginable by most of us parents. This is a form of child abuse using punishment rather than…

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SORTING OUT THE SUPERNANNY…LET’S CLEAR UP THE MYTHS!

I could not believe my ears this week when the Super Nanny says; “A pacifier is an emotional CRUTCH and there is no need for it”. “Three years is the “time” when kids need to give up their pacifier?” “When…

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SORTING OUT THE SUPERNANNY…THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY

When the Supernanny is asking mom “when will she decide to parent” or telling her “you’re lazy” or saying that the parents cannot parent without Jo Frost there, that is undermining the parents ability to strengthen their own family. If…

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Why Teen Driving Tragedies Happen: Teenager and Toddler Brains Think Alike

A few months ago I was introduced to a tragic event where a 20 year old was driving way too fast, lost control and crashed. He died and his brother was seriously injured in the accident. Driving Concepts Teen Car…

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Sorting Out The Super Nanny on Sincere Apologies

Before you ask a 5 year old to give a “sincere” apology make sure they understand what sincere means. Most 5 years old, although very intelligent, aren’t able to know what sincere means yet. Parents, you’d be better off to…

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South African Mom has challenges with mother in law and routines

Hi Dr Ann I live in Cape Town, South Africa. Would like to know just how important routine is? I am a first time mom to a beautiful 7 month little girl. I had to go back to work quite…

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