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1. How Chore Charts Will Work for You
Your kids are clamoring for an allowance, and what better way to allow them to earn one than with regular chores? Contributing to the workload around the house benefits the entire family. Completing chores boosts children's self esteem by making them feel like a valued part of the team. Chores not only teach children responsibility, they're also a way to lend you a helping hand with the household duties. {relatedarticles}Before you go... Read More

2. Discipline Versus Punishment
Do you know the difference between discipline and punishment with their Latin roots? Punishment implies inflicting pain, while discipline means to teach. Parents who use punishment are missing important opportunities to teach their children better behaviors and help them self-discipline. Children can actually be taught responsible behaviors to help them get the things they want without breaking the rules. {relatedarticles} ... Read More

3. Money Talks: Should Your Child Have An Allowance?
Most financial experts believe that children should receive an allowance. The earlier children are taught financial skills, the better. Money management is a skill that many adults struggle with. By teaching children early on how to manage their money, it can go a long way into their adult years. {relatedarticles} Allowances also give children an appreciation for the value of their money. If they are spending someone... Read More

4. When Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?
Your child is ready to reach out and touch someone with his or her very own cell phone, which begs the question "how young is too young?" There's no denying that we're living in the age of technology where it seems like everyone is connected. Seeing a grade-school child with her own personal cell phone has become commonplace. While it may seem like a major trend for kids, for parents it can be a godsend, especially when you're trying to... Read More

5. How to Discipline When Kids Are Careless
Child discipline and logical consequences demand you learn to think before you act. You take the time you need. You get your feelings under control. You come up with a simple plan. You execute that plan. When kids are careless, rage can explode and it can feel great. Later shame sets in. Your kids yell back, make excuses, and sometimes blame you for their mistakes. This is not the family life you hoped for. ... Read More

6. Raise a Toast to Alcohol Awareness
April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. It's a great opportunity to discuss the topic of alcohol abuse and its consequences with your children. Unfortunately, a child's first exposure to alcohol - and alcohol abuse - can be at home. As a parent, it's your responsibility to lead by example. In other words, getting drunk around your children isn't the best precedent to set when you're trying to dissuade impressionable youth from... Read More

7. Groom Your Children to be Good Pet Owners
February is Responsible Pet Owners' Month, and what better way to train your kids than to put them in charge of man's best friend? While one of the main goals of this month is to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their pets, the general theme is to encourage people to become better pet owners all the way around. According to the Humane Society, an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters every year, which is why... Read More

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