My sister’s son always hits my daughter. Please help Dr. Ann!

This is a question that came up during a Mommy & Me class that I was conducting at Capistrano Valley School District last week: “What should I do if another family member’s child is hitting my child (or playing aggressively)?”…

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Mother’s Day Photo Contest ENTER TO WIN!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d love for you to post a photo of your Mom on The Parenting Doctor’s Facebook page. Tell us in the post what you love about her, why she is special, or how she made…

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What Makes a Memorable Mom? Moms sticking up for Moms!

It’s a mom who doesn’t do everything right all the time. It’s feeling guilty about how she talked to her kids. It’s wishing she could just ‘get away’ sometimes. It’s wishing she parented better than her mom did. It’s praying…

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What happened to Amanda Beard, Olympic medalist at age 14?

She didn’t know how to deal with the way she was feeling! Most of us will never experience the thrill of winning an Olympic medal, but we all can imagine we’d be on-top-of-the-world with excitement if we did win! So…

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Hunger Games – Talking to your Teens

Question: The Hunger Games is the ultimate in terrifying teens, it’s an abuse of power by adults, it’s the neglect of children, just to name a few of the awful parts of this film.  But, if you take a second…

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10-Year-Old Girls Fight & One Dies… How can this happen in our back yard?

Of course kids fight and so do siblings at very young ages. But why? The answer is because they don’t know how to DEAL with the Way they FEEL! The recent ‘fight’ that ended in the death of Joanna Ramos…

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Toddlers Fighting on U-Tube…What are Parents Thinking?

It’s inevitable that kids fight at any age. Wherever there is a relationship there is conflict. Siblings will always find something that bugs them about their brother or sister. Just looking at your sister wrong can bring on a battle…

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School’s Started BUT Kid’s Don’t Want to GO!

The age-old question parents’ deal with every year is why don’t my kids want to go back to school? There are lots of reasons why kids cling to their parents when being dropped off in kindergarten or 1st grade or…

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What do a sassy 7 yr. old, bossy 10 yr. old and a stubborn 16 yr. old have in common?

All of these equal a child who is aggressively trying to ask their parents’ questions. Questions like, what will my parents do if I give them an attitude with either my words or my expressions, like rolling my eyes when…

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Why Mother’s Aren’t Fathers and Shouldn’t Be!

Mothers, have you ever wondered why the father of your children doesn’t seem to be watching them even though you’ve asked if he would? You walk into the family room and Dad’s watching the football on T.V. while your child…

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