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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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Can’t take it anymore? Four steps to create Pockets of Sanity

Can’t take it anymore? Four steps to create Pockets of Sanity

Living abroad can create lots of stress on the family. Here are four easy techniques to relax and recharge when stress levels rise.

Living abroad can put a tremendous amount of stress on the family, especially the head of the family. Most often one family member is off to his or her place of employment each day doing the job that brought the family abroad. The other half of the couple is in charge of getting everyone settled and managing the day-to-day needs of the family in a foreign environment. This family member is forced to be out in the local culture, balancing personal values and norms with that of the host culture. Normally there is a discrepancy what the person anticipates and what they encounter in a new environment that causes a variable level of friction.

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Are violent video games harmful to children?

Are violent video games harmful to children?

Violent video games can be harmful to children due to their visual content (e.g. shooting others with realistic blood and carnage), topics (e.g. unrestricted violence or abuse towards women), and depiction of a consequence free environment (e.g. bad behavior is rewarded). Knowing more about how violent video games affect children’s behavior can help you guide your child towards a healthy relationship with video games.

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