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Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Too many toys, and the wrong kind, can short-circuit a baby's education

Can a baby have too many toys? Absolutely. Can parents and grandparents be conned into buying the wrong kinds of toys? You bet.

April 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Mother's behavior destructive for her small children

Recent question in my Inbox: "I am the grandmother of three beautiful children (ages 4, 6, and 10) with whom I live and help raise. Their single mother, my daughter, has been involved in about six relationships over the past 3 years, with a 2-3 week interval in between relationships. I am wo…

March 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: New kinds of families take on child-rearing

Icelebrate the family because I am concerned about the care and well-being of children. The nuclear family is the cradle in which the human race survived. Our helpless offspring need prolonged care to not only survive but to be watched over during the many years it takes to become an adult.

April 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: 'Boomerang kids' and grandkids need boundaries

Because of the sluggish economy, there is an epidemic of "boomerang kids," a term used to describe adult children who return home to live with their parents. There is even a subcategory "boomerang kids with grandkids," when the adult child returns along with the grandchildren.

April 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: When children misbehave, let them know it

Children today think they are pretty special. No wonder - parents concentrate on building the child's self-esteem. We say, "Good job!" even if the job was pretty awful. We are exquisitely concerned about the child's feelings.

April 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: When your toddler throws food, don't start a food fight

Recent question from the mother of a food-thrower: "Our 13-month old son has been dropping and throwing food off his tray for some time, whether we sit with him or not, whether he is hungry or not, whether he wants more of what he just tossed over or not.

April 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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