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Are you ready for discipline? 4 simple steps to get you started.

Are you ready for discipline?  4 simple steps to get you started.

Part of being a good parent is to discipline our children. Discipline is a necessary part of childhood because it teaches children important themes such as authority, following the rules, self-control, and responsibility. Discipline doesn’t take away our children’s spontaneity, happiness, or spirit. Rather, it gives them freedom to explore and experience life within the safe limits we set for them.

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How much television for kids?

How much television for kids?

Lots of parents wonder how much TV is good for their child.  Television (TV) offers us entertainment, access to news and information, and links us to the world through popular culture.  There is nothing inherently wrong with television or TV programs.  Yet, it is important that parents understand the role, influence, and affect television can have on their child and his or her health.

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How do I know if my child has a healthy weight?

How do I know if my child has a healthy weight?

Talking about the weight of our children can be difficult for multiple reasons. Cultural factors, family genetics, lifestyle habits, and many other dynamics influence our ability to evaluate weight objectively. Often times, it is difficult to judge weight in children because their bodies are growing and changing every day.

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How to get your child to eat without a fight

How to get your child to eat without a fight

Fighting to get a child to eat is a common family struggle. Luckily, parents can use a no-nonsense approach to avoid struggles over food while reinforcing good behaviors so children learn to have a healthy relationship with food and mealtimes.

When food becomes a tool to create stress or anxiety in a family, the rhythm of the family is disturbed. Since food is a common element of life, having conflict over food means there is constant conflict in the family. Yet, there are ways to stop the struggle and enjoy food and family time.

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