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Marilyn Heins

Marilyn Heins: Don't rush preschool children into giving up pacifiers

“My daughter is 22 months old and is attached to her pacifier when she sleeps. My husband and I have weaned her from it during waking hours a few months back. The problem is she uses it to fall asleep at naptime and at night when she goes to bed. She is very attached to it when she tries to …

May 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: No matter the age, hurting others isn't OK

"I have two girls, 4 and 11. My brother has a 2-year-old daughter who ALWAYS hits, scratches, bites, pulls hair and pokes my younger daughter's eye. This happens at every family event and even on a trip when our families shared a suite. My daughter had bite marks after the trip. I baby-sat m…

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Kids need to hear the rules on behavior

What really bugs parents of young children? The public display of embarrassing behaviors that arise from egocentricity.

July 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: 'The talk' guidelines for our role models in chief

Parents are the first teachers. They have strong influence because of the special parent-child bond and the fact that they spend more time with their child than any single teacher.

July 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Anxious parents take wind out of kids' sails, so learn to back away

How come parenting advice sometimes seems contradictory?

May 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Parents should buy 'naked' foods that roll around in the cart

Author Michael Pollan has taught us a very simple way to eat healthy. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He also cautioned that it is far better to eat food that grows rather than the packaged stuff made of many ingredients processed in a factory.

May 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Remove toddler who bites, pulls hair from situation; swoop in as trouble brews

A recent question in my inbox: "My 19-month-old toddler is becoming very aggressive … biting, pulling hair. She has picked up this behavior at her day-care center, where it seems to be rampant. I am quite concerned about transferring her to another day care where she might be a primary aggre…

April 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: The right way, and wrong way, to praise

I have written a good deal on the subjects of praise (the right way to do it) and self-esteem (how it is misunderstood and overrated by parents and teachers).

March 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: This 19-year-old needs a firm push to develop a plan

Recent question: "I have a 19-year-old boy who acts more like he is a 14-year old.

February 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Try 5 simple steps to fend off the flu and germs naturally

Because 48 states, including Arizona, report epidemic levels of flu and because this season's flu is hitting children hard, we are reprinting a column originally published in this newspaper on Dec. 25, 2011.

January 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: For parents' absence, a 'rehearsal' can help Grandma and Grandpa

There is no question in my mind that grandmas and grandpas are the perfect people to baby-sit when both parents are away traveling.

May 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Parents should get facts straight, vaccinate their children

Some parents have it backward. They do not want doctors to vaccinate their children, but they urge doctors to give their children antibiotics when the kiddies have a cold.

May 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: A little bit of improv can be best in parenting situations

What does improvisation comedy have to do with parenting?

May 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Marilyn Heins: ParenTip of the week: Mindless acts can kill - don't phone while driving

The word "mindless" troubles me sometimes. Mindless eating, at a movie or when watching TV or reading a mystery, can put on unwanted pounds. Not paying attention to what a family member is saying to you can lead to hard feelings.

May 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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