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  • Toilet Training
    Toilet training is one aspect of childcare that confronts every parent at least once and "once" is definitely enough. If you have a child in diapers, if you have a grandchild in diapers, if you are expecting a child, or if you have a friend in any of the aforementioned situations, read on. There is a book on this topic that is the best source of information available to parents. It also happens to be the best guide in what to actually do step-by-step, and it is the best children's book on the subject.
  • Eating: Mealtime Problems
    Eating is a socialized process and it is up to parents to train their children. There is a solution for mealtime problems but it requires firmness, consistency, and kindness.
  • It's Easy to Feed a Hungry Child
    Children will eat when they are hungry unless there is a problem. If a parent has become preoccupied by a child's eating, the child can learn to control the parent through eating (or not eating).

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  • Embarrassing Questions Asked in Public
    A four year old is an observer of the world and a sponge ready to soak up all the information he can find. In the beginning, a child is not trying to embarrass adults, he needs to know the answers. Parents can handle this well if they react calmly to the child's curiosity.
  • Helping Children Solve Problems with Other Kids
    We all want our children to be accepted by other children and it hurts us when they are not. Our task is to keep our expectations, anxiety, sympathy, and rage to ourselves and do something positive for our child.
  • Why Kids Tattle and What to Do About It
    We need to stop labeling children as "tattletales" and pay attention to what they are really communicating. Tattling is a complex behavior. If we can respond appropriately our children will be safer, emotionally and physically, and they will develop the maturity that puts an end to the "tattling stage".
  • When "Not Me" is Responsible for all Problems
    I would be willing to bet that every family has a "not me" haunting the premises. I would like to believe that children are responsible for the creation of "not me" but parents are really to blame. We ask ridiculous questions and prompt our children to create "not me". When we ask "Who did this?", we are asking for trouble.
  • Surviving Family Gatherings
    Parents who expect their children to be better behaved than usual when relatives are present are destined for disappointment and frustration. Here are some things to keep in mind if you will be taking children to visit relatives.

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