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Kids and Lying: Does Your Child Twist the Truth?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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You: “You failed your biology test? You said you studied!” Your child: “Well, I forgot my books at school the night before the test. It wasn’t my fault!” You: “Why didn’t you tell me? I’m so tired of your lies.” When your child lies to you, whether she does it by telling a half–truth or conveniently "forgetting" some... Read more »

Do You Fight with Your Child Every Night?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Homework, chores, TV, computer time, bedtime: are each of these areas potential land mines that can start a fight with your child each night? If you answer that question with a “yes,” you’ve already taken the first step toward making things better. You’ve recognized that there is a pattern of behavior and interaction... Read more »

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Disrespectful Child Behavior? Don’t Take It Personally

By Carole Banks, MSW

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If you’ve heard yourself saying things like, “What’s the matter with you? Why are doing this to me?” or “You’re making me crazy,” you’re probably taking your child’s disrespectful behavior personally. And when you fall into that trap, you begin to assume the worst of your child. You start to believe he has malicious intentions... Read more »

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6 Ways to Stop Sibling Bickering and Rivalry

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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“Mom, he just called me a bad name.” “I did not, you liar!” “He did too, Mom, and he always does; you just never see it!” “Get lost, you brat; you’re such a baby!” “I hate you!” Siblings bicker; it’s what they do. They tease and taunt and fight. It can drive parents crazy and wear us down—and for good... Read more »

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators.... Read more »

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