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Healthy Blended and Stepfamilies

Merging two families is no easy thing with so many different angles to consider. Shirley Cress Dudley gives some great advice on how to ensure a healthy and well-adjusted blended family.

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Nurturing Empathy in Kids

Dr. Lawrence Shapiro helps us learn how to maintain and grow empathy in our kids, and why it’s such a critical quality to preserve.

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How to Say “No” to Your Kids and Why They’ll Thank You Later

No one enjoys saying “No” to their kids – the tantrums, the whining – it can be tempting to just give in. But what does giving in really teach our children? Child development and behavioral specialist Betsy Brown Braun explains how best to say “No” and why your children will reap the benefits in the long term.

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The “I’m Sorry” Debate

Should kids learn to always say “I’m sorry” or is it an empty phrase if they don’t really mean it? As parents, should we enforce apologizing as a show of good manners or let those words go when they seem insincere? The debate rages on as child experts, Lauri Berkenkamp and Susan Stiffelman add their insight to the mix.

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Time Away From the Kids?!

A parental getaway? Sometimes it’s a must! Especially around the hectic holidays. How can parents ease their own guilt and make the time apart as painless as possible for the whole family? Susan Stiffelman, family therapist and author, answers this important question from one of our readers.

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Fighting in Front of the Kids?

Should parents argue in front of their kids or keep it behind closed doors? Could there be any benefit for the little ones to witness parental conflict? Judith Sherven, PhD, an expert in conflict resolution, helps us work it out.

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The Social Side of School Readiness

He can write his name and count to 20, but what milestones tell you that your child is socially and emotionally prepared to start kindergarten? We asked two early childhood experts, Brenda Nixon, MA, and Deborah McNelis, M.S.ed, to give us the scoop on school readiness.

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How to Defeat Morning Battles

It’s morning. You’re rushing to get out the door. You’re child refuses to cooperate. Now what?! Jody McVittie, MD to the rescue – with tips to ensure a morning without stress.

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Kid Clutter Crackdown

Stained clothes. Puzzles with missing pieces. Fully completed coloring books. How can we as parents keep the clutter under control – and guide our children in developing a healthy relationship with “stuff?” Carolyn Koehnline, LMHC, author of “Confronting Your Clutter,” straightens us out.

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