Protecting Girls From Negative Media Influences

As reported by both MSNBC and The New York Daily News, Susanna Barrett — whose daughter appeared on Toddlers & Tiaras — is denouncing TMZ and other news outlets for featuring a video montage that she felt “sexualized” her five-year old. In the video, her daughter Isabella is seen performing…

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How to Build a Home That Boosts Self-Esteem

Image Source: Shutterstock   They say charity begins at home, but so do a slew of other qualities: compassion, chivalry, and, most importantly, confidence. Between bullies and the overly critical media, kids seem to have lower self-esteem than ever before. And while we can’t control what happens in school or…

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Positive Parenting: 10 Signs Your Kid is Lying

It can be tricky for moms to tell whether their kids are telling tales or the truth. While we often wish we could break out a lie detector test à la Meet the Parents, that probably wouldn’t fly in certain circles. Instead, here are some common signs your child might…

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Advice On Anger Management for parents

Have you ever had the urge to give your kid 5 across the eyes because he/she is giving you lip? Have you ever felt so exasperated by your child’s ‘childish behavior”, that you just want to scream and start pulling off your hair? If that is the case I must…

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Are you Helicopter Parents with your kids?

Helicopter parent is an excellent description for an over protective parent. If a real helicopter constantly hovers above you, you will get uncomfortable. So will a child with a parent that hovers the entire time. The best gift you can give to a child is self confidence. A confident child will be an independent child.

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How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online

It’s not a law that you have to post a selfie before, during, and after every activity. But for kids, it’s pretty much mandatory. The resulting likes, thumbs-ups, and other ratings all get tallied, both in the stark arithmetic of the Internet and in kids’ own minds. For some — especially girls…

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Letting Go of My Daughter: a mother-daughter dialogue

A mother-daughter dialogue while heading off to school for the first time. On the morning my older daughter is supposed to leave for a pre-orientation college bonding trip, she cannot find her wool hat. This, apparently, is my fault. Her five-day stint working on an organic farm is part of…

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Should Kids Have Cell Phones and Digital Devices?

Should kids have cell phones? A question that comes up in every parents mind in today’s technology-filled world. Parents want their children to have all the resources our digital era can offer, but wonder if giving them a smartphone too early could harm their development. TeenSafe has guidelines parents can follow…

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Teen Stress: Back to School Anxiety

As the start of the school year approaches, we spoke with Michael Levy, M.D., Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist at Nyack Hospital, about the major sources of stress for teens at this time of year, and how teens and their parents can deal with them. #Teenstress Q: Why is the beginning of the…

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Celebrating Moms Every Day!

Thank you, moms, for all you do! Not just on Mother’s Day, but every day! We can survive the world because of all you have taught us and the love you have shared.

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Teenagers and sleep

Teenagers and Sleep- they need more than you think Teenagers don’t get enough sleep, and the consequences can be harmful, says Nyack Hospital sleep medicine specialist Anita Bhola, M.D. Parents can help their teens understand the importance of good sleep habits, and how to carve out time from their busy…

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How to Ask a Boy Out

Crushing on the class cutie? This is the 21st century – don’t wait for him to ask you out! Asking a boy out makes you seem confident, cool, and collected, and while it may seem nerve-racking at first, but it’s no sweat with these simple tips. 1. Find the right…

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10 Kindness Ideas for #RAKWeek2015

10 Kindness Ideas for #RAKWeek2015 The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrated “Random Act of Kindness Week 2015” from February 9 to 15 this year. The goal was to do a small act of kindness every day for the entire week. Together, RAK volunteers, also known as RAKtivists aim to complete 100,000…

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Safe Facebook for girls?

Yes, there is a safe “Facebook- like” application out there and it’s called About Me. Since many of our girls who visit our girls site, Miss O, are under 13 and cannot have a Facebook page OR their parents don’t allow them to, even though they are 13, This is…

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Father/Daughter Create an iOS App to Make Maths Fun!

Father & Daughter Create iOS App Players Scott Martin could have looked anywhere for his next project. A twenty plus year industry veteran, Scott not only was a game developer but spent time as an Academic Director for the Art Institute of Seattle. With this much experience he could have the pick…

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How to teach your kid how to keep friends

Teach your kid how to keep friends When your kid can’t keep friends, it’s really hard on everyone. Recently, a mom wrote to me with the following problem: “I have a 14-year-old daughter who is starting high school in the fall. Since she was a toddler, she’s always been confident…

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Winter Breaks: Turn Kids’ Creativity On

Winter Breaks: Turn Kids’ Creativity On Tips to Turn Kids’ Creativity On and Boredom Off: This winter, kids across America will be stuck indoors and looking to stay occupied. After the novelty of new holiday gifts wears off, chances are parents will hear those dreaded words: “I’m bored.” Pediatricians recommend…

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Did you know

Did you know that letting your daughter explore her own style and her own interests could help her develop a positive sense of stability and can also build her relationship with you? Your daughter will probably explore different clothing styles, interests, and ways of being as she tries to determine…

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Parents Helping Parents Find Bullying Solutions, Quickly

Finally Bullying Solutions It was a bitter sweet day for us when our book, “When Your Child is Being Bullied; Real Solutions for Parents, Educators and Other Professionals” was released.  How we wish we were not part of the 25 million families that had to deal with bullying but we were…

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7 Ways Helping Kids to Cope When a Parent Leaves Home

7 Ways Helping Kids Cope when a Parent leaves Kids say the darnedest things, but they may not say anything at all during times of stress. When a parent leaves the home because of divorce or incarceration, children feel that loss deeply. They may not understand what’s happening, or they…

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A Teen’s Perspective: The Signs of Bullying and Being Bullied

Signs of bullying and being bullied As someone who was bullied throughout middle school, having parental support and awareness was one of the most important gifts I could have asked for. Don’t be discouraged when your tween or teen responds, “I’m fine,” or, “Leave me alone.” You have a special…

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Birth Order affects your child’s vision, Research Shows

Birth Order affects your child’s vision Illinois College of Optometry Study Determines Birth Order Can Affect Reading Readiness and Academic Performance CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2014 // — Birth order is thought to affect everything from a child’s personality to IQ. Now researchers at the Illinois College of Optometry have concluded…

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