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

    Helping your freshman adjust...

    Helping your freshman adjust...

    By now, your college freshmen have been away from home for about two weeks and you and they are adjusting in different ways and at different rates.

    It's not that easy, is it? When I dropped my daughter off at college I felt that she was being kidnapped by the school but I couldn't exactly figure out why I was paying so much money in tuition to her kidnappers. Gosh, I was stressed, excited, and confused.

    I may be a psychologist, but I am a mother too with all of those confusing thoughts and feelings that come along with motherhood.

    So, I too had the urge to text my daughter constantly during those first few weeks of college to see that she was eating, sleeping, and making friends. I can tell you from my role as a mom and psychologist what is helpful and what is not so helpful during the first few weeks of transition to college.

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    1. Ask your kids

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  • I'm a Soccer Dad

    I'm a Soccer Dad

    I'm a soccer dad. Well, not yet. Starting tomorrow, I will be though. To this point, all I've been is a Soccer Stepdad. Virtually no difference, but still, it bears mentioning that tomorrow my 4-year-old triplets begin their pursuit of the beautiful game and as of that moment, l officially become a soccer dad. And semantics, notwithstanding, I couldn't be more excited.

    But before I tell you why, first let's rewind a bit, shall we?

    I've always been into youth sports. Even when I was a bachelor, I coached many a basketball team, attended countless contests in the capacity of proud uncle, and always rooted for my little guys, regardless of whether or not I could lay familial claim to them or not.

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    But never did I cheer as proudly as I did when my (step) daughter began her athletic career. Because, as any parent knows, seeing your child compete is the ultimate way to have skins in the game. And that's not al

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    child with sad face

    By Linda Rodgers

    How to Help Children with Low Self-Esteem

    When your child puts himself down, your first instinct may be to blurt out something positive. "It's only natural. We get upset when our kids are upset and we want to make them feel better," says Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking and a licensed psychologist. But bathing your child in feel-good statements doesn't get at the root of the matter. Kids often blame themselves for circumstances that are mostly out of their power-whether it's being the first in the class to hit puberty or the only one who stutters. Your mission: "Get your child off the hot seat and point out what he can control," says Dr. Chansky. Learn how to raise your child's self-esteem when...Photo by Thinkstock

    ...she's the shortest kid in the class

    If your child feels bad about her appearance, ask her what clothes she'd wear if she were taller or how she'd do her hair-and then suggest she start now, recommends Dr. Ch

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  • Crumpled and Stomped

    Crumpled and Stomped

    If you're on Pinterest or even on Facebook, chances are you've seen the posting about the teacher who taught her students a lesson about bullying by crumpling, stomping upon, and then trying to straighten out a piece of paper. I have to admit, the first time I read it … I teared up.

    My mom has told me about bullying that she experienced in 5th grade that still haunts her to this day. She told me that it never leaves you, you may grow up, you may stop being bullied - but the scars of bullying stay with you long after.

    This sheet of crumpled, torn and weakened paper … it tore at my heart … it dug deep into my subconscious and refused to let go. The lesson is as follows:

    A Lesson on Bullying

    A Lesson on Bullying

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    Here's the thing:

    Bullying doesn't only happen on the playground - it happens online, on Facebook, on Twitter, in the classroom, in the lunchroom, in the boardroom … it can happen anywhere at any age.

    I never experienced bullying as a child - I had my fir

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    While fruit drinks, sodas, and other sweet beverages bear the brunt of the too-much-sugar finger-wagging, new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that food choices can contribute significantly more added-sugar calories (59 percent) to your child's diet than beverages (41 percent). And almost two-thirds of added sugar is gobbled up at home-not at daycare or school. Most of us aren't doling out Pixy Stix at snacktime, so what gives? "Many parents don't realize that oftentimes when fat is taken out of a food, sugar is put in. So if you're buying something labeled low-fat, it likely appears healthier than it really is," says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read labels carefully and avoid foods with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Some sneaky sugars you may have missed:

    Plus: Make Nutrition Fun (And Colorful!)

    Low-Fat Peanut Butter "Manufacturers take out the fat, but to give it the textur

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