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Problem-Solving is the New Discipline There’s nothing wrong with exercising parental authority on occasion, but if the decision-making process doesn’t include a wide range of consequences, it’s not giving kids what they need to be successful adults.
So, Ummm, Is My Kid’s Halloween Costume Racist? The conversation may seem heavy when a kid wants to do Doc McStuffins blackface, but it doesn’t have to be.
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How to Prepare a Child for an Impending Divorce It’s important for parents in an irreparable marriage to reinforce the idea that living apart does not mean the family is broken.
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