Screen rules that stick

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a rev…

  • By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    College is right around the corner...

    College is right around the corner...

    getting your teen through the last year of high school

    Senior year of high school is rough on parents and teens. Oh those college applications, those essays, and those deadlines.

    Add to that a heavy course load, anxious parents, stressed out teens and you've got a recipe for a lot of nagging and emotional turmoil.

    I know that most parents are just trying to support their kids and help them get through senior year so I am going to suggest what you can do for your teens that will be helpful and less likely to lead to meltdowns.

    Related: 6 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Teens Talking

    Remember that it is their senior year not yours and that next year in college you won't be around to micro-manage them. Senior year is a good time to encourage your teens to be independent and to make good choices. I suggest that you don't nag them about their deadlines and essays but instead do some other things

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  • By GalTime Parenting Pro Jennifer Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

    Is your child unorganized?

    Is your child unorganized?

    getting kids organized for school

    An important key to middle school success is a child's ability to get organized. If your tween does not possess a natural affinity toward categorization and neatness, this task can present quite a challenge.

    The good news, however, is that with a little practice and consistent effort, the skills can indeed be mastered by even the messiest kids.

    Related: Back-to-School Cool: 6 Great Finds

    Some signs that your tween may need some extra support getting organized include the following:

    1.) If your tween has a natural inclination toward disorder. A messy room is often a strong indicator.

    2.) If your tween has trouble getting out of the house without forgetting something. Along the same lines, if your tween tends to lose things such as jackets, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, etc.

    3.) If your tween is frequently forgetful and/or seems to walk around with her/his head in a fog.


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  • I use my computer and phone a lot at home. For work, primarily, but also for researching prices, checking movie reviews, digging up how-to articles for home repair, looking at weather forecasts, performing rudimentary mathematical functions I'm too dumb to do in my own head, and checking in with friends and family.

    More from The Stir: Why My Kids Won't Ever Have A TV In Their Rooms

    Look, I'm typing now. Clatter clatter type-y type-y click clack. My face is slightly illuminated via MacBook screen, my finger is poised to hold upright in the air when my kids inevitably interrupt me: just a sec.

    Given how relentlessly plugged-in I am, I suppose it's pretty hypocritical of me to rage against my children for their moth-like attraction to electronic devices.

    This has been the summer of repeatedly telling my kids to go outside, dammit, and quit asking me for another Looney Tunes episode. Once they realize I'm not going to cave on the TV, they switch to the iPad: can we play the

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  • By Hillary Copsey, for BabyFit

    Any pediatrician or experienced parent will tell you that tantrums are just a fact of toddlerhood. Every child throws fits, and every parent struggles with how to deal with them.

    What you're actually teaching is self-control, which is what makes it so difficult. That concept starts with you, and controlling yourself in the face of a screaming, irrational toddler is not always easy.

    The official advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics is to distract, ignore and remove--in that order. On the surface, it seems simple. Distract the child when he starts fussing. If he is angry about leaving the playground, sing a silly song to redirect his attention and mood as you buckle him into the car seat. If that doesn't work and he continues to cry and yell, ignore it with the hope that he'll wear out the anger and frustration. And if that doesn't happen and he pitches a toy at your head instead, tell him sternly, ''No throwing!'' and remove the toys and other

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  • Making friends

    By Kathleen M. Reilly

    The summer before my son Patrick started kindergarten, I was obsessed with teaching him how to print his name and count into the hundreds. Looking back, I should have spent as much time getting him ready for new friendships as I did for new words. Even though he was a well-liked preschooler, kindergarten was a social shock.

    RELATED: Guide to Navigating School-Age Friendships

    "Moms play matchmaker or nurture new friendships through playdates when their kids are in preschool," says Geoffrey Putt, Psy.D., a pediatric psychologist at Akron Children's Hospital, in Ohio. "But in kindergarten, it's up to your child to find his own pals." Help your child master the grade-school social scene by practicing these five skills.

    1. Scenario: Your Daughter Forces Herself on a Team

    Summer Scenario: Your daughter spots a group of kids playing a team sport at the park. She runs over and grabs the ball.

    Buddy Builder: Talk about a smart strategy for participating. "The

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