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How to Minimize Whining

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Is your child's whining driving you crazy? Here, five parent-proven secrets for minimizing whining. Meet her basic needs. She may not tantrum as much as now as when she was a toddler, but she will certainly whine if you force her to endure that shopping trip while she's hungry and tired.

Mom's 12 Step Program for Managing Your Own Separation Anxiety

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You've probably put a lot of thought and effort into helping your child adjust to school or daycare for the first time. And maybe you've been looking forward to your new freedom. But if you're like most moms, you've found yourself wiping away a tear or two as well. So for a little help managing your own separation anxiety...

A 12-Step Program to Help Your Toddler with Separation Anxiety

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The crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart. Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced this. It's the normal response of a securely attached toddler who protests what she perceives as a life-threatening separation from her mother.

Preparing Your Child for the New School Year

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The last weeks of summer are already upon us, and the new school year is right around the corner. Whether you can't wait till your kids are back in school or dread the more regimented days ahead, there's one thing you can count on: Back to School is always a big transition. Kids who are starting school for the first time or moving to a new school have the biggest adjustment, but even moving up a grade means coping with a new teacher, more academic demands and a changing social circle.