The Parenting Coach: Warning—Radical Thinking on Re-evaluating Our Education System

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Last year, CNN reported a story about college students outsourcing their homework. Apparently, there are many online companies that, for the right price will, provide a student with a unique essay or term paper on any subject. … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: The Two Most Important Words in the Language of Parenting

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Two and A Half Men is a sitcom in which a newly divorced Alan (played by Jon Cryer), along with his 10 year old son, finds himself having to ‘temporarily’ move in with his brother Charlie (played by Charlie Sheen).  In one … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: Uncovering a True Love of Learning

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. When I was 13, I started taking guitar lessons.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take.  After just 2 short months of struggling with fingering and calluses, I had had enough. I kept that guitar, though, for close to 20 years.  While I … [Read more...]

‘Don’t Smile Until Christmas’: How to Raise Independent & Responsible Children

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. Many years ago, at the start of my first year of teaching, I was given this advice:  “Don’t smile until Christmas.” Smiling was considered a rookie move and the ‘best’ teachers managed to maintain their poker face for at least a … [Read more...]

Parenting Sucks: Discipline Advice

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BY JOANNE KIMES Dear Joanne, My five year-old son won’t listen to me. If he misbehaves, I threaten to punish him, but he won’t stop and keeps doing it anyway. No matter how many times I warn him, he doesn’t seem to care and does whatever he wants … [Read more...]

Parenting Sucks!: Bonding as a Step-Parent

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Dear Joanne, I recently married a man with a ten-year old daughter and I’m having a hard time bonding with her. I know she’s going through a lot of adjustments (as am I!) but I really want to make our relationship better. Please help. Amy Dear … [Read more...]

Parenting Sucks!: Getting a head start on chores

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BY JOANNE KIMES Dear Joanne, I struggle everyday to get my kids to do their chores. Any suggestions? Lyndsay Dear Lyndsay, Getting kids to do their chores is like getting medicine out its childproof container: totally infuriating!  But there are … [Read more...]

Ask Deborah: To save or to dump, that is the question

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Parent's organizing questions to help role-model organizing to their kids! BY DEBORAH KAWASHIMA, C.P.O. Q: "I don't know if we're going to have a second child, but I'm hesitant to get rid of anything, just in case. What should I save and how do I … [Read more...]

Parenting Sucks: Ideas for cheap summer fun with kids

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BY JOANNE KIMES Dear Joanne, I was so looking forward to the end of the school year when I didn't have to deal with making lunches, fighting about homework, and al the morning battles of getting the kids to school on time.  But now that it's … [Read more...]