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Positive Parenting Strategies

Nora Ephron on parenting:

"Suddenly, one day, there was this thing called parenting. Parenting was serious. Parenting was fierce. Parenting was solemn. Parenting was a participle, like going and doing and crusading and worrying; it was active, it was energetic, it was unrelenting. Parenting meant playing Mozart CDs while you were pregnant, doing without the epidural, and breast-feeding your child until it was old enough to unbutton your blouse."

--"I Feel Bad About My Neck"

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Potty Training

Learning to use the toilet takes time. All children are different. Do not worry if your child is faster or slower than others. To help prepare for toilet training, find out your child's pattern, explain the steps to your child, and help your child get ready.

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Separation Anxiety

Most infants go through a state when they suddenly react with hesitation and fear to strangers they don't see everyday. To help your child feel secure, spend quality time with your child, give your child time to become comfortable with others, and where possible, minimize separation.

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Children have different temperaments. Tantrums occur when children feel angry or frustrated. They learn to continue having tantrums if they get what they want. They learn to escalate their behavior to make other people give in to their demands. To help prevent tantrums, try to keep to your child's usual routine for meals and sleep times. Throughout the day, let your child know what you are doing and what is going to happen so they know what to expect.

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Children may whine to get attention. When parents give in to whining, children are accidentally rewarded. To help manage whining, parents need to tell their children what to do, show them how to ask nicely, praise them when they do ask nicely.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder of self-control. Current research suggests genetic factors are much stronger contributors to ADHD than environmental factors. Having a child with ADHD in the family creates additional challenges for all family members. Providing a safe environment for children with ADHD to play and explore will help reduce accidents. By breaking down tasks into smaller parts, children with ADHD are more likely to experience success.

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Being Bullied

The children who are more likely to be bullied are often more sensitive, cautious and quiet than others. Bullying should never be ignored and children should never be left to handle a bully on their own. Often the best solution to bullying involves teaching your children to cope with bullies and making changes in the situation where the bullying occurs.

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Children differ widely in their abilities and how quickly they come to understand new ideas. However, by providing children with encouragement, support and help, they are more likely to work to the best of their abilities.

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Balancing work/family

Being a parent involves caring for, protecting, teaching and guiding children. However, being a good parent is not something that comes naturally or just happens. It takes time to develop the knowledge and skills needed to promote children's physical and emotional development.

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Ideally, discipline is based on appropriate expectations for each child based on age and stage of development. It should be used to set reasonable limits in a consistent manner. Discipline teaches both social and moral standards and should protect children from harm by teaching what is safe. It should also guide children to respect the rights and property of others.