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My Teen Is Late For School

Dear ScottCounseling: My teen is lazy and will not get out of bed in the morning and go to school. The school is always calling, giving my son detention and he still goes to school late. What can I do? Frustrated Parent Dear Parent: Thanks for your letter of concern. Your child’s school counselor can...

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Childhood & Teen Bullying: What Kids Need To Know

  Child and teen bullying is often in the news. You hear daily radio and TV reports regarding bullying behavior at school, on Facebook and other social media outlets.  He is some information that parents need to know to help their child cope with bully behaviors.   Perhaps you remember being bullied while you were...

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Cutting Teen: What Parents Need To Know To Help

Teen cutting occurs more often than what most parents know.  In fact, many parents, who are contacted by a school counselor or therapist and told that there is evidence that their teen is cutting, go into denial.  This article is written to help parents learn more about teen cutting and what a parent can do...

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Do Rewards and Punishments Work For Children?

Many child care experts are cutely aware that punishments and threats are often counterproductive in helping children succeed at home and at school.  According to reward and punishment expert, Alphie Kohn, making children suffer to alter their behavior can often elicit temporary compliance, but this strategy is unlikely to help them become ethical, compassionate decision...

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1st Graders Can Be Bullies Too: K-12 Bullying

Bullying in the Elementary Schools is becoming as common as middle school bullying.  In fact, according to the Department of Education, over 60% of elementary school-aged children reported being bullied at least once this past school year.  There are steps an elementary school parent can take to ensure that their child is safe from bullying...

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Dangers of Passive Permissive Parenting

Are you a passive or permissive parent?  Do you allow your child to run the household. Do your children hold you captive in you own home?  Below are four guides to take to become the parent who is in charge and not the parent who is a wimp. The Democratic and Authoritarian Parent Democratic, or authoritarian parents help children...

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New Baby Worries

New mothers tend to worry more often about their newborn child.  Even though you had a successful delivery, received a positive report from the baby’s doctor and the baby is eating well, you may be a parent concerned about your new baby’s health and well-being.  The following parenting article will help you, the new parent,...

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Put Your Baby To Sleep With Music

Baby sleep problems are not uncommon, but the challenge may drive a parent to worry and wonder if there is something wrong with the child.  The following are some recommended baby sleep methods to to help your child sleep through the night. •Strive to make daytime feedings  social and takative  and night-time feeds quiet. This helps the child...

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Twin Cities and Minneapolis Teens: Out of Control Drinking

Teen drinking is a major public health concern in Minnesota, especially in the Twin City, metropolitan area.   Alcohol use by teens leads to many problems, including traffic crashes, violence and property crime, suicide, and poor school performance.  The three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides — and...

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5 Parenting Tips To Use Before Going To Parent Teacher Conferences

Depending on how your child is performing in school, parent-teacher conferences can be a mystery until you begin the conference.  Below are some parenting tips that you may find helpful before you even step into the classroom and meet with your child’s teacher. Have a discussion with your child and ask your child the following...

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