How to Handle Sibling Rivalry

Where there are kids, there is going to be conflict. Young kids don’t know how to share, so they grab everything they see just to check if it is theirs or not. And while older kids understand competition a little better, they still fall prey into fighting with siblings in order to “win” or get attention. Remember that even if one child starts the conflict, in order to keep the “fight” going, the other child has to participate. So the best solution is to remove the kids from each other immediatel
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Making Mothering Memories

A recipe by: Ann Corwin, Ph.D. Ingredients… #1 Understanding how you were mothered. #2 Deciding how you want to mother? #3 Setting goals for your child’s scrapbook. #4Teach your child all the lessons you wish you would have learned. #5 Don’t be afraid to learn from your children. #6 Comfort them with boundaries and limits. #7 Love them enough to let them learn to love others. #8 Be strong enough to listen to your own instincts. #9 Appreciate the positive side of your child’s personality. #10 Mix
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Why Mother’s Aren’t Fathers and Shouldn’t Be!

Mothers, have you ever wondered why the father of your children doesn’t seem to be watching them even though you’ve asked if he would? You walk into the family room and Dad’s watching the football on T.V. while your child has wondered off alone to the opposite side of the room. The next conversation may go something like this…Mom says to Dad, ”You said you’d watch him, but he’s way across the room and could get in trouble or hurt”. Dad says to Mom, “He’s fine, I can see him playing over there an
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What do a sassy 7 yr. old, bossy 10 yr. old and a stubborn 16 yr. old have in common?

All of these equal a child who is aggressively trying to ask their parents’ questions. Questions like, what will my parents do if I give them an attitude with either my words or my expressions, like rolling my eyes when they ask me to do something? The good news is this behavior is normal, but the bad news is it’s disrespectful and irritating to parents. So why is it normal for children to get under their parents skin with their attitudes? Because children are trying to understand their social e
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School’s Started BUT Kid’s Don’t Want to GO!

The age-old question parents’ deal with every year is why don’t my kids want to go back to school? There are lots of reasons why kids cling to their parents when being dropped off in kindergarten or 1st grade or just “say” they don’t want to go to middle school or even get tearful when they head to college. What matters the most is what we teach our kids to do when these feelings of apprehension seem to overwhelm them. So here are some tips for those anxiety filled days! #1 Lots of kids say they
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10-Year-Old Girls Fight & One Dies… How can this happen in our back yard?

Of course kids fight and so do siblings at very young ages.  But why?  The answer is because they don’t know how to DEAL with the Way they FEEL! The recent ‘fight’ that ended in the death of Joanna Ramos in Long Beach, CA from Willard Elementary School could unfortunately happen anywhere.  When kids feel mad, frustrated or envious and don’t know how to respond to those feelings they will use their bodies in order to get rid of those feelings.  We don’t know all the details yet, but seemingly at
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Hunger Games – Talking to your Teens

Question: The Hunger Games is the ultimate in terrifying teens, it’s an abuse of power by adults, it’s the neglect of children, just to name a few of the awful parts of this film.  But, if you take a second to think about how all this awfulness is brought to the big screen I think you’ll see a profound opportunity here to talk to your teens. Answer: I don’t think any child should see this film until they are abstract thinkers.  And lots of kids are not capable of thinking abstractly in every asp
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What happened to Amanda Beard, Olympic medalist at age 14?

She didn’t know how to deal with the way she was feeling! Most of us will never experience the thrill of winning an Olympic medal, but we all can imagine we’d be on-top-of-the-world with excitement if we did win! So why then did Amanda Beard reveal to the world in her newly released book, “In the Water They Can’t See you Cry”, that she pushed her feelings of inadequacy, sadness & shame deep down inside and didn’t talk about these feeling to anyone? She describes how she dealt with her pain t
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Mother’s Day Photo Contest ENTER TO WIN!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d love for you to post a photo of your Mom on The Parenting Doctor’s Facebook page. Tell us in the post what you love about her, why she is special, or how she made a difference in your life. All submissions will be entered into a drawing to win a one-hour telephone Parenting Consultation with Dr. Ann, which can also be applied to Conference Speaking if you’d prefer (Dr. Ann will speak to your MOMS group or your school). Remember to invite your friends to join
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What Makes a Memorable Mom? Moms sticking up for Moms!

It’s a mom who doesn’t do everything right all the time. It’s feeling guilty about how she talked to her kids. It’s wishing she could just ‘get away’ sometimes. It’s wishing she parented better than her mom did. It’s praying that her children get through tough stages. It’s second-guessing if her ‘gut’ instincts are right. It’s understanding that making mistakes is mothering. It’s trying to juggle work, kids, food, fun, discipline & her personal life. It’s trying to find time to play with her
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