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10 Milestones You Might Not Find in the Child Development Books

Sure, learning to read and tie their shoes are great accomplishments for kids, but there are others that every parent truly appreciates once their children have mastered them. Like when they learn to feed themselves or when they discover how to play by themselves. Certain crucial achievements are often overlooked, and you might not find them in the traditional lists of developmental milestones. As every parent knows, we should celebrate these milestones for the amazing accomplishments they are. Milestone No. 1 Can ...

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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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Parenting Tools That Work

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding jobs there is, but it’s those ‘ah-ha’ moments that are the currency of the adventure. I am one of those people who will read every article, blog and book out there on parenting, but I find that true learning comes from putting what you read in to practice.  Case in point: I recently discovered an awesome resource to help me put that knowledge in to action with the Parenting Tools provided by Boys ...

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Cicely Faulkner-Truitt
Mother of 9-year-old son

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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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Making Memories at Mealtime

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.  Family dinners have always been important to me. I grew up in a home where family mealtime was a priority. My parents always encouraged me to invite my friends to family dinners when I entered high school and extended family gatherings included a ...

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Bridget Barnes, Director
Common Sense Parenting, Mother of two

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4 Easy Ways to Make ‘Family Dinner Time’ a Reality

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. Photo courtesy of Momaha.com. Families aren’t having family dinner as much as they were maybe 20 years ago. It was an automatic in my house that you were going to sit down to a family meal almost every night — definitely on the weekend, and probably at your grandmother’s house. But today, life is faster and parents need some innovative ways to bring everyone to the dining room table. Step 1: Plan ahead. Get the kids involved in choosing 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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Cicely Faulkner-Truitt, Training Consultant
Mother of 9-year-old son

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3 Crafty Ways to Entertain Your Kids to Avoid the Winter Blues

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. Photo courtesy of Momaha.com. With winters cold arrival and daylights quick retreat, our children are starting to shift the focus of their fun from playgrounds, fields and basketball hoops, to basements, hallways and family rooms. Our children have endless stockpiles of energy, both mental and physical, that we cannot pause simply because it’s cold outside. What is a parent to do to maintain sanity? Join in the fun! It is during play that our children learn. Here are ...

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Mother of eight-year-old son and six and one-year-old daughters

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Do We Get Too Much Pleasure out of Terrifying Our Children? Probably.

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.  Social media sites are filled with photos of children hysterically crying on Santa’s lap. That’s what Christmas is all about, right? That awkward wait in line where you over exaggerate the excitement of what’s going to happen. You talk in such a high ...

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

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Teaching Your Kids to Be Thankful for What They Have

This post first appeared on Momaha.com. Photo from Momaha.com.  It can be a challenge to get your kids to appreciate the things they have when they are eager for Christmas to arrive with all of the shiny new things. Parents can help their kids learn and practice gratitude in two main ways:  1. Spend uninterrupted time together; and 2. Focus on serving others. The method you use for teaching children gratitude depends on the child’s age.   Parents of Tykes Reward Your Child with Time ...

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Family Activities – Holiday Friendly and FREE

Last year Boys Town put out some tips for Holiday fun that are cheap and easy and help kids keep their focus away from the presents and commercialization of Christmas and focus more on the family. I did these with my kids and they loved them! We started after thanksgiving and picked out our favorites then made it our Sunday night activity each week leading up to Christmas. Their favorite, of course was the kids cuisine. Lets just say it ...

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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 ...