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Stop Overindulging Your Children Advice on how to meet all their needs, but not all their wants.

Stop Overindulging Your Children Advice on how to meet all their needs, but not all their wants.

What do your children really need from you? Love, guidance, shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and an education.  That’s it.   Everything else is a want, a luxury: video games, iPods, cell phones, the latest fashion—whatever new item their friends have. Today, far too many parents fall for the “nag factor.” They know their kids are bombarded by ads telling them to buy certain products and that many parents are buying those products for their children. They know the pressure that comes from their children’s peers, and so they buy their kids far more “stuff” than they can even use, all in the hope that...

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10 Ideas: Connecting With Your Kids In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids.

10 Ideas: Connecting With Your Kids In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids.

Children are a heritage from the Lord.—Psalm 127:3 In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids. Here are 10 ideas that can help you get to know your children better and pass on a legacy of faith and fun. 1. During dinner ask everyone to share one piece of both good news and bad news from the day.  2. Have regular “Kids’ Nights to Cook.” Set up a restaurant atmosphere in your home and create some lifetime memories. Little ones will enjoy decorating the table and making special menus for the evening. 3. Visit a local bookstore with your...

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The Best Gifts For Babies, According to Child Development Experts by Lisa Tolin (TODAY.com)

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The Best Gifts For Babies, According to Child Development Experts by Lisa Tolin (TODAY.com)

Babies might not look like they’re doing much besides eating and sleeping, but the first year of life is full of seismic shifts in development. And even before they can hold a toy, babies are ready to play. The best baby toys stimulate their senses, focusing on the contrast they are able to see or the sounds and movements they can make themselves. These items were hand-picked by our editorial team because we love them - and we hope you do, too. TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold...

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Car Seat Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety Tips

Our friends at Gugu Guru sat down with Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, a nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety, and a leader in the field of community health and advocacy training for pediatric residents, to answer some common questions parents have about car seat safety. GG: What are the most common ways parents misuse the car seat, or don’t install the seat properly? Dr. Hoffman: Misuse patterns vary by type of seat, but in general we see some very consistent patterns. That being said, not all misuse is the same. Some errors are much more dangerous than others, and we often think about critical errors,...

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Halloween and child development: Does trick-or-treating help our kids learn to socialize?

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Halloween and child development: Does trick-or-treating help our kids learn to socialize?

By Ben Flanagan Full story:  http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/10/halloween_and_child_developmen.html Plenty of parents understand the value Halloween can bring to their children's lives, though it actually goes a little further than padding their annual collection of candy. Parent-child activities associated with the holiday incorporate core developmental exercises for children, plus the season help nurture important social skills during the school year, according to one psychology professor at the University of Alabama. Ansley Gilpin, UA associate professor of psychology and lead researcher at UA's "Knowledge in Development Lab," says that parents should seize the opportunity to be creative, get outside and spend time with their children. The developmental...

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