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    20 Fun, Indoor Activities for Bored Kids


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    by Amanda Formaro


    When it's raining, snowing, or just plain too cold to play outside, your household can fall victim to the "I'm Bored Blues". With a little creativity and imagination, you can turn the tables and find fun things to do without running to the store or turning on the television. Keep this list of ideas handy, or write each idea on a slip of paper and put them in a hat. The next time the kids are bored, let them draw a slip of paper from a hat to decide which activity to do first!


    1. Plate of Bubbles - All you need for this fun activity is a small plate, a plastic drinking straw, dis ... Continue reading 20 Fun, Indoor Activities for Bored Kids.


    Helping Kids Cope With Cliques


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    Your 10-year-old daughter comes home crying because the girls she's been friends with are suddenly leaving her out and spreading rumors about her. She's confused because it seemed to happen out of the blue. She doesn't know what she did wrong and is nervous about returning to school, unsure if she has any friends.


    Given how prevalent cliques are throughout middle and high school, at some point your child is likely to face the prospect of being in one or being excluded from them. There's little you can do to shield kids from cliques, but plenty you can do to help them maintain confidence and self-respect while negotiating cli ... Continue reading Helping Kids Cope With Cliques.


    Disciplining Your Child


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    How do you keep a 1-year-old from heading toward the VCR? What should you do when your preschooler throws a fit? How can you get a teenager to respect your authority?


    Whatever the age of your child, it's important to be consistent when it comes to discipline. If you don't stick to the rules and consequences that you set up, your child isn't likely to either.


    Here are some ideas about how to vary your approach to discipline to best fit your family.


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    Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. So it's wise to eliminate temptations and no-nos - items such as VCRs, stereos, ... Continue reading Disciplining Your Child.


    Technology and Your Kids: How Much is Too Much?



    By C.J. Renner


    Our parents had it easy... the television was the only brain-warping device they needed to pry us away from (and frankly, the shows weren't that good anyway). But today, we as parents have a bigger arsenal of exciting technology to contend with; not only the maniacal sponges and pre-teen rockers of kids' TV, but thrill-a-minute video games, mp3 players worn all day, cell phones ringing off the hook (with the latest rap ringtone), and now texting - texting in the car, texting on the couch, texting at the dinner table - Whew, so what's a parent to do?


    You've got a feeling that the techy side ... Continue reading Technology and Your Kids: How Much is Too Much?.