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I am the mom of two daughters. Claire is 12 years old, Alicen is 15. They are both active, healthy, fun-loving and kind. They have great friends. Among other things like volleyball and playing guitar, Alicen enjoys shopping and I enjoy taking her. After reading an online article about the … [Read More...]
Dear Dr. Rene, We worked with our 2 1/2 year old daughter for 3 months on potty training with lots of ups and downs. She was finally trained and had been diaper free for one month. She started daycare 2 weeks ago and she refuses to go to the toilet there. We had this problem before daycare … [Read More...]
Dear Dr. Rene, My daughter-who is 3 years old has displayed a strong character since her first months. Now we are in the 'no' phase, anything whatsoever gets the 'no' response even if a few minutes later she decides to do/say what I've asked her. How do I get her to become more cooperative, … [Read More...]
Here are a few general tips to benefit sibling relationships: Fair is not equal, fair is everyone has their needs met - It's okay that the discipline for a three year old is different than the discipline for a seven year old for the same behaviors. They are different children at different … [Read More...]
I gave a lunch hour parenting workshop on Overindulgence at the OPM today. This included a discussion about having too many toys, the benefits of rotating them. Growing up (child of the 70s) I had a book shelf, a table for coloring and a dollhouse, a bed and a dresser in my room. Admittedly, … [Read More...]
First, your own sibling relationships form your expectations for how your children might get along. My brother and I got along great growing up. We played together when we were little and hung out fairly often through college. I expect my girls to get along. When they do play and hang … [Read More...]
It can be difficult when your child seems to need a playmate all day. If you aren't playing with them, they complain they are bored or just wander and whine. It is a good skill in life to be able to occupy your own time. Here are several ways to encourage independent play: Set-up for … [Read More...]
I've found another family mantra, bloom where you are planted. We've been discussing this one with our girls all week. We've touched on this over the years but this week it hit home when we went on vacation with a few other families. This vacation included a day at a low-key amusement park, a … [Read More...]