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Why Kids Curse – How to Stop Kids From Cursing and Swearing

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One day your sweet and innocent little child is going to open its mouth and instead of the language of a child, you will hear a profanity. Your child will not understand the meaning of the word, but they will know that it is a word that they have heard and feel confident in repeating. It is how you react to your child using adult language that sets the tone for how things will continue. In years...

When Your Child Is Assaulted

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At the back of every parent’s mind lurks a dark fear. They bring a child into the world, watch it grow, and love it more than they can bear. And yet they also know that as the years pass that child will move further out into the world, a world in which assault is a real possibility. Different Forms of Assault Assault takes many forms. The most obvious example is school bullying. In some...

When You Discover Drugs in Your Child’s Bedroom

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Most parents worry that their child will experiment with drugs. But you mustn’t overreact. Countless teenagers go through a drug’s phase and emerge unharmed. If you’ve discovered a cannabis joint or bag of cocaine, you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last. Initial Reaction Imagine the scene. You are hoovering your daughter’s bedroom and accidentally knock...

When You Want Children But Your Partner Does Not

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In most relationships, a major question is whether or not to have children. Usually the couple are in agreement from the start: both either want them or do not. Sometimes, however, this is not so, and the situation needs to be handled with care. Understanding Your Partner First, you need to understand why your partner feels this way. Remember, the reasons they give may not be the real reasons...

When Your Child Befriends Dangerous People

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Every parent is haunted by the fear that their teenager will befriend the wrong sort of people. Peer pressure is very real and very dangerous. Indeed, pregnancy, eating disorders, petty crime, drug addiction, and many other things, can often be traced to the influence of toxic friends. Understanding As with so many things in life, the more you understand the better. Growing up is hard. And it is...

What to Do When Your Teenager Rebels

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Few experiences test your patience like living with a rude and sullen teenager. Indeed, those who have never done so would be astonished by how unpleasant some can be. In fact, many could be no worse if they tried! Problems The more you understand your surly little monster, the better. And this is something with which many parents struggle. What happened to that sweet little girl who snuggled up...

How to Be a Better Parent

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It is often said that parenting is not only the most important job in the world but the one for which people are least prepared. Of course, many reject the very idea of advice. These are my children, they think, and I shall raise them as I see fit. But no parent is perfect, not even those who write books on the subject – and everyone can benefit from the experiences of others. Giving Children...

What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

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When a parent discovers that their child is being bullied, they usually turn to family, friends, and work colleagues for advice. But this advice is often unhelpful. Worst of all are those who dismiss bullying as “part of growing up” or even as “character building”. This is nonsense. Bullying is a serious matter, one with potentially fatal consequences. In the U.K. alone...

Six Things You Need to Know About Having Children

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No one ever complained that they were too well-informed about raising a child! Deciding whether to have children is perhaps the most important decision anyone ever makes. How will your life change? Can you afford it? Isn’t the world already overcrowded? As you chew it over, keep the following in mind. You must be sure you want them This seems so obvious it is hardly worth including, yet...

How to Deal With a Rebellious Teenager

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Many parents look forward to the teenage years. At last, they think, I shall be finished with dirty diapers, plastic toys, and tedious cartoons. Instead of a child to look after, they will have an adult to talk to, an equal with whom they can form a new kind of relationship. Mothers imagine going clothes shopping with their 15-year-old daughter and gossiping over a coffee. Fathers imagine giving...

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