Annita Wozniak

Annita Wozniak grew up in a large, imperfect family in the Midwest. "As adults we have the power to build children up or tear them down," she says about the challenges of being a responsible parent, "and we never know when what we say is going to be a defining moment in a child's life." Woz is a writer and child-grower living in the Midwest with her husband and their three inspirational children. She is always learning. You can visit her website at annitawoz.wordpress.com

Sibling Rivalry and Fighting…A Rite of Passage?

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This may sound strange, but during a recent visit of about ten local kids to our house I was more than a little relieved to come around the corner and catch a big brother roughing up a little brother. Unaware that we were in the vicinity, the elder had just delivered an elbow thrust to... Read more »

“It’s Not Fair!” Is Your Child a Sore Loser?

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"That's not fair!" These are the words that are hurled over my 6-year-old son's shoulder after learning he hasn't won the cooking game. We're hosting a houseful of kids over the winter break and they're taking over my kitchen, creating their own recipes and competing against each other, like on the popular cooking show Chopped. On television,... Read more »

If Kids Who Talk Back Are Gifted, Then I’m Raising Geniuses!

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A new study asks, Are certain parenting techniques, like using commands with kids, short-circuiting brain development? Tracking more than 8,000 children, the findings suggest that regardless of socioeconomic background, small differences in communication style can have an impact on children. Evidently, "Mothers and fathers who mainly talk to their offspring using commands rather than reasoning,... Read more »

When Your Last Child Starts School: Going, Growing, Gone

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Every mom I talk with is worried about the food-related aspects of Kindergarten.  Everything from the brain-filling breakfast fuel, the lunch line, afternoon snack and of course, whether to have fresh cookies and milk waiting on the counter at three o'clock so as to entice a full report of the day.  Food is the bribe... Read more »

Back to the Basement: Are Your Grown Kids Living in Your Home?

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I almost laughed when I read an article on CNN.com about grown children moving back home.  It brought back some old memories about moving in with my parents the summer after college.   For some, this scenario might be described as every parent and grown child's nightmare, and a sign of "failure to launch." Today's economic downturn... Read more »