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"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

"Rules without relationship leads to rebellion" (Josh McDowell)

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

"Cutting" is a visible sign to the world that you are hurting.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

Wouldn't it be nice if children would simply listen and learn.

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

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Sound Familiar ?

“Mom, Dad, Jason punched me!”

“I did not! Patrick took my Game Boy, and I just put out my hand a little to get it back”

“Mom, Jason’s lying!  I didn’t take his stupid Game Boy!”

“Dad, Patrick’s kicking me! Tell him to stop it!

Ow! Mom, Dad, Jason’s pulling my hair!”

Sibling quibbling is one of the most often complaints I hear from parents. Sibling rivalry has existed as long as we’ve had siblings. In Biblical times we head Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brother problems. In children’s literature we have Cinderella. It seems that “rivalry” naturally follows the word “sibling” despite the fact that there are many solid sibling relationships within families.

Conflict between siblings isn’t unique to humans either. it happens in just about every animal species that raises several young at the same time although human children don’t usually have to compete with each other for the basics of life – food, shelter, water. It seems human children are compelled to compete over other things.

Sibling bickering can take more joy out of parenting than probably any other aspect of child rearing. There are some tried and true approaches to managing sibling rivalry.

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Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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