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Six Discussions to Start the School Year Right

Every school year is your child’s opportunity for new success. If your child was less than successful the previous year, the school year ahead offers a clean slate. If they’ve been doing well throughout the years, then the new school year means a path to continued success, building on the positive skills and habits they’ve acquired. To help start things off on the right foot, it’s a good idea to sit down with your child and discuss the upcoming school year. ...

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Greg Snyder, Ph. D. | Boys Town Staff Psychologist

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Vaping and E-cigarettes – A Healthy Alternative to Smoking?

At first blush, it seems like a positive step: A former cigarette smoker switches to vaping, or using an e-cigarette. It seems good because the person is no longer inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco leaves and the associated additives — something the U.S. Surgeon General (and common sense) tells us is bad. Then consider the fact that cigarette smoking by teens is at an all-time low. So, good news, right? Not necessarily. While teen smoking is indeed at record lows, ...

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Boys Town Partnership with Lincoln Electric Helps Forge Bright Future for Grads

Thanks to Josh Temple — television host, licensed contractor and vocal Boys Town supporter — and his friends at Lincoln Electric, young men and women who are learning to weld at Boys Town’s Career Readiness Center are now using the latest high-tech equipment and gear. Since its founding 100 years ago, Boys Town has supported trade education for youth, at various times teaching carpentry, farming, machining and other skills as part of Father Flanagan’s vision to give at-risk youth every opportunity ...

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Laura Buddenberg, Manager Training and Community Outreach, Mother of two

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4 Tips To Help Your Teens Make Good Clothing Choices This Summer

This article was originally published on momaha.com. Hot weather is here! It’s time to dress for informal events like camp, ballgames and visits to the pool, as well as more formal occasions like weddings. Parents often cringe at what their kids choose to wear — and in the summer, there’s no outerwear to cover up a fashion faux pas. Here are some tips for helping your kids dress so they’re happy and you aren’t scandalized every time they walk out the door. 1. ...

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By Terry Hyland,  Boys Town Writing Team Director, Marketing & Communications

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It’s Summertime, and Here Come the Grandkids!

I have a photo of me and my three grandkids – ages 6, 5, and 16 months – on my office desk. There’s a caption, and it reads: “Grandpa & Me, You are a friend I will never outgrow.” I love my grandkids with all my heart. But as much as I want to be a friend who sometimes spoils them with one too many cookies or a giggle-inducing piggyback ride right before bedtime, I also have to be one of ...

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Getting Your Parenting Skills on Track

Ever have one of those days? You know, when it seems as if you’ve failed as a parent. You’re not alone. Raising kids is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, and whether you’re dealing with a tantrum-throwing toddler or an “I know everything” teen, you are occasionally going to need support. Everyone does. Luckily, the child behavior experts at Boys Town have seen some of the most difficult parenting situations imaginable. They’ve worked with virtually every issue in ...

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The S.A.N.E. Approach to Disciplining Your Child

For decades, the parenting experts at Boys Town have become uniquely experienced in allocating discipline for an infinite variety of misbehaviors in adolescents. It is through experience that teaches a certain way to approach discipline that is more effective than simply reacting in the moment out of anger or emotion. We call it the S.A.N.E. approach: Small consequences are better. Avoid punishing yourself (e.g. taking away your teen’s car privileges only to have to drive him or her everywhere for two weeks). Never abuse ...

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Heather Butler, Boys Town Family-Teacher

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A Positive Approach to Discipline that Can Work for Any Family

As a parent and a Family-Teacher at Boys Town, I have learned that Boys Town’s method of disciplining children can be incredibly effective for all parents. At Boys Town, we focus on attaching a cost response to behaviors. So when a child does something – whether it is good or bad – there is a response in the form of a consequence. For good behavior, the youth at Boys Town earn positive points, which they can use to “purchase” privileges like sweet ...

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Laura Kelley, Crisis Counselor for the Boys Town National Hotline and the Nebraska Family Helpline, Mother of three boys

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Lying: How to break the habit in children

This post was first published on Momaha.com. Are you tired of calling your child out for lying? Does he or she lie with ease? Lying usually starts at a very young age. Even a 2-year-old can be guilty of it. A simple question of “Do you need to go potty?” will be answered with a “no” if the last time she was whisked off to the bathroom left her without her toys for a few minutes. Children are constantly testing what they can ...

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7 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Follow Your Instructions

This article was originally posted on Momaha on August 27th, 2015. Could the way you give your children instructions be setting them up for failure – and you up for frustration? I once heard that an average 10-year-old follows instructions 63 percent of the time. Maybe you’re thinking that seems really high – or maybe really low. I know we all get frustrated by our kids not following instructions. So even if "average" is about two-thirds of the time, how can we ...

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Cicely Faulkner-Truitt
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A Royalty Complex and Dirty Socks

I can only imagine the work it takes to balance out the life of a baby royal, ensuring that an overwhelming sense of entitlement doesn’t permeate the precarious childhood of the most watched children in Britain. My son thinks it’s my job to pick up his dirty socks, and that little stinker is far from being royalty. Cute? Yes. An heir to the throne, born with his own crew of caretakers in waiting? No. I can’t imagine that Prince William and ...

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Bridget Barnes, Director
Common Sense Parenting, Mother of two

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Is It Okay to Discipline Other People’s Kids?

The Breakfast Club.  Not long ago, I was in a situation when I had to ask myself, “Is it okay to discipline other people’s children?” We were on vacation, staying at a hotel that provided a complimentary breakfast. One morning, I went down to take advantage of this free perk. If I’d known what was going to happen, I might have stayed in bed. The restaurant was crowded with people that morning. I decided to order a meal from the ...

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Mariana Santa-Maria of Boys Town’s Common Sense Parenting

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Managing Toddlers at the Table

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. Photo courtesy of Momaha.com. Many parents struggle with getting their little ones to sit at the table and eat the nutritious food on their plate. The situation can become frustrating for all involved. Little Megan is pouting because she doesn’t want to eat vegetables and you are tired of making a second meal multiple times a day. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to work on healthy eating habits and table ...

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What Is a “Date” Anyway?

When Your Teen Goes Out, Demand a Plan I grew up before the time of cell phones, email and instant communication. So if I wanted to ask a girl out, I would have to call her house on a regular phone. And if she said “Yes,” a date went something like this... Pick her up at home and probably meet her parents. Go to dinner and a movie. If you hit it off, call her again... and maybe go out with another couple on ...

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Helicopter Parenting: How Not to Hover while Letting Your Kids Soar!

Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent.  I will admit I’ve been called a helicopter parent before. It was in a joking manner, so I’ll assume it was unfounded. But I have read quite a bit on the subject matter and I think there are a few guidelines we can ...

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Kids & Technology

This holiday season our family took their first big vacation! With a four- and six-year-old I was incredibly nervous about, not one, but two fairly lengthy plane rides, so I stocked up on the technology. I downloaded several movies and lots of new games on two iPads in hopes that my kids would be happily entertained during the flights. It worked! They were glued to the screen and content the entire time. It worked like a gem, until we got ...

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Tanya Martin, Director
Special Education and Transition Services at Boys Town

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Getting Your Teen’s Second Semester off to a Great Start

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. After a long Christmas break, high schoolers are heading back to the classroom. Second semester is an opportunity to make resolutions and start fresh. There are many ways you can help your child to do well and make adjustments that come with starting a new semester. HELP YOUR TEEN MAKE HOMEWORK A PRIORITY Teens might be involved in daily sports practices, music or theater rehearsals, and any number of other extracurricular activities, and social requirements. It’s sometimes ...

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Cicely Faulkner-Truitt
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What Are Your Parenting Resolutions? One Omaha Mom Shares Hers

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. Many people have started their list of resolutions for the new year. This year I challenge you to decide on a parenting resolution for 2015. Whether you want to bring back the “joy of being a parent”, (minus the sarcasm) or you want to cut down on your list of ‘activities’ to find more family time, listing your goals is the first step. As with any challenge offered, I will go first. 1. Listen more By 6 a.m. I ...

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Help! My Child Is a Bully!

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. It can be hard to admit that your child is bullying others. But when you recognize this type of behavior in your child, it’s important to take action right away. Who are the bullies? Bullies want to control people, and they quickly learn that violence or the fear of violence will allow them to do that. Bullying takes many forms, including threats, violence, intimidation, destruction of property and theft. Why does my child choose to be a bully? A bully ...

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Building a ‘Non-Bully’ with Young Children

Last Monday, I dropped off my almost 2-year-old at the child care center of my gym for the first time. I was afraid she would cry, throw a fit, or show some kind of emotion that said I was still her everything and that she couldn’t bear to be apart from me. She smiled and walked right in. If that wasn’t enough to take the wind out of my sails, I found out when I picked her up that she got into ...

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Josh Temple Talks Parenting

As the host of several popular home improvement reality shows, Josh Temple is a familiar face on television these days. But did you know that in addition to his day job, Josh also is a parent. When he needs help and advice with his kids on anything from discipline to household chores, he trusts the parenting experts at Boys Town. Here are a few of his favorite Boys Town parenting articles. 2-Year-Old Getting Kids to Sleep Using a Bedtime Routine Eight Ways to End ...

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Terry Hyland, Boys Town

Father and Grandfather

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Why Spanking Is a Swat at Positive Parenting

Spanking as a form of discipline continues to be a hot topic of debate, both among parents and in the public forum. Is it right? Is it wrong? Does it have lasting effects? Is it considered okay in certain situations? Is it an effective form of discipline? From a parenting standpoint, we believe spanking is not, under any circumstances, an effective form of discipline. Here’s why: First, when physical punishment occurs, both the child and the parent are typically in a heated ...

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Little Minds That Don’t Mind

I struggle with behavior and discipline with my children, as I’m sure most parents do. I read a lot about correcting misbehavior and the best ways to deal with discipline and I found the following to be very interesting. There are significant differences between our brain and our child’s brain. First of all, young children have a very poor concept of time. The longer you wait to react to their behavior, the less effective it will be. In fact, if you wait ...

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Are You an Empty Threat Parenter?

Recently I told my oldest child to do something and they respond with, “or what?” Eek! That is a bad thing to hear as a parent. That is when I thought I might be an empty threat parenter. Its so easy to tell a child that they will have to go to bed at 5:30 if they don’t eat some of their dinner, but am I really going to send them to bed that early? Lets face it, I probably ...

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When Your Children Don’t Do What You Ask… Its Probably Your Fault

As a parent, we play so many different roles in the home that getting our kids to listen and follow instructions might not always take the forefront in our list of responsibilities that it should. Picture this…the other morning I’m getting the kids ready for school, I walk downstairs and ask them both to put their shoes on when I noticed that my toddlers sippy cup is leaking milk all over her and all over the floor.  They say ok as ...