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We want our children to learn to speak and communicate. We want them to become independent thinkers. We also want them, someday, to stand on their own. Well, believe it or not, these are some of the key factors to explain why some children argue with their parents. According to the Department of Families, “arguments [...]

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Have you made parenting mistakes you’d like to correct? And what are you going to do differently starting now? Empowering Parents will be giving away autographed copies of James Lehmans’ groundbreaking new book, Transform Your Problem Child to 10 lucky winners of our first EP contest of 2010. Just tell us a parenting mistake you’ve made [...]

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Dear PSL: My wife and I have very different ideas about parenting. While we try not to fight in front of the kids, it really causes a lot of battles between us. I think a lot of it comes from differences in our upbringing; she didn’t have to follow any rules when she was a kid. [...]

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A few end-of-year updates from readers who asked nuts and bolts questions and got very specific answers.

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For better or for worse, spouses share many things, from bank accounts to passwords. But are there some parts of your life that you keep hidden from your partner?

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My 5-year-old daughter is notorious for telling my mom not to get her new clothes as gifts. "Clothes don't count, grandma," she bluntly reminds my mom when asked what she wants for a special occasion.

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Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s second offering in the video console market. Below is a list of games that I would recommend for kids to play with this game console:

Monopoly

Xbox360 Monopoly 10 Xbox 360 Games for KidsThis classic game is great way to bring the whole family together. Everyone’s most probably familiar with the mechanics of the game. Players have to amass great amounts of cash and real estate property while trying to put others out of business. The traditional Atlantic City board is still there along with nine other boards that feature a broad range of themes.

Recommended for: ages 6 and up

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Xbox360-Banjo-Kazooie-Nuts and BoltsThe famous duo is featured in this truly innovative game that will test any child’s creative thinking and logical skills. Players need to solve puzzles and build vehicles using simple tools as they go on an adventure across six worlds. Missions require players to be creative, making it really fun and challenging.

Recommended for: ages 8 and up

You’re in the Movies

Xbox360-You're In The MoviesThis is a perfect game to bring your kids out of their inhibitions. The game features a Vision Camera where players will do pretty crazy and wild moves like dancing, shaking or jumping. Scores are given for each player but it is clearly not very competitive. Crazy moves that players did in the mini games will then be compiled to make an amusing movie. Great for anyone in your family who plans to be a movie star!

Recommended for: All ages

Viva Pinata

Xbox360-Viva PinataA highly addictive game with very colorful visuals that your kids will surely love. Players will be required to harness their skills in “gardening” because in Pinata Island those colorful papier mache party items are not constructed out of paper but are either captured or grown.

Recommended for: ages 4 and up

Marvel Ultimate Alliance II: Fusion

Xbox360-Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2Kids will love this power-packed game as they can choose to be any one of their favorite Marvel superheroes. The latest game that features the Marvel Comics heroes is called Fusion because two players can play cooperatively and combine their powers to fight the bad guys. This will definitely be fun and challenging for your kids, especially your boys who are hero-wannabes.

Recommended for: Boys, ages 9 and up

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Xbox360-Lego Star WarsIf you and your kids are fans of the Star Wars movies, then your whole family will surely love this game. Players can act out as any one the movie characters that are featured in this game as adorable little Lego people. With its varied gameplay that are simple and easy to play, you will definitely have a great time reminiscing scenes from this famous saga.

Recommended for: ages 6 and up

Kung Fu Panda

Xbox360-Kung Fu PandaI loved Kung Fu Panda the movie and so did millions of kids. So I am sure that this video game, featuring our lovable Po, will bring lots of fun for your kids. Players have to tackle thirteen levels which are all based on the scenes from the movie. They have to master kung fu skills to defeat Tai Lung, Po’s enemy. This is a game that your kids will really enjoy.

Recommended for: Boys, ages 7 and up

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Xbox360-Madagascar Escape 2 AfricaThis game will transport your kids into the wilds of Africa as they pretend to be Marty or any one of the funny and cute characters of the Madagascar movie series. Players are required to tackle twelve levels that are loaded with fun, action and excitement.

Recommended for: ages 8 and up

Pirates!

Xbox360-Pirates!Pirates! is a fun and exciting game that will give your kids lots of tasks to do which they can tackle in a variety of creative ways. They will surely think that this is better than playing with toy ships in the bath tub. In very simple and easy ways, they can control their character while they sail over seas and battle with other pirates. While playing this game, they will get a chance to learn some things about geography and history. Some parts of the game feature violence but in a cartoony kind of way. But just make sure that you provide guidance for your kids on this.

Recommended for: Boys, ages 9 and up

Guitar Hero 5

Xbox360-Guitar Hero 5The latest from the Guitar Hero franchise gives its players the latest in the world of rock and roll. Kids who love music and bands will find this game truly amazing as they can customize their band members, instruments, and look. Aspiring guitar players can use this game as a way to practice their skill.

Recommended for: ages 10 and up

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I used to think that parents who put their children on a leash are very cruel and lazy. It seemed to me that they gave their children very little freedom and they weren’t up to the task of being a parent. But I immediately realized my mistake when I became a teacher. The main reason why I used to think that way, was because of the connotation that our society has on the word “leash”. When people refer to this word, it is often within the context of controlling or disciplining dogs. So when I saw children in leashes, I felt that they were being treated like dogs. I used to want to scream at their parents and say, “Your child is not an animal!” But now I understand. While working as a teacher, I observed that children naturally want to wander around, especially when in a crowded place. Many of them seem to have an aversion to holding their parents’ hands, and some even have the tendency to throw their bodies onto the ground when their parents don’t give them what they want. So I realized that with the help of leashes, parents can ensure the safety of their kids as well as prevent them from throwing tantrums in public. Just try to imagine being in the place of a little girl whose arm is being tugged way above her head while one of her hands is being held by her mom. Do you think you’d enjoy a stroll in the mall in this position? I am sure that you won’t. As a parent, do you think you would enjoy your walk in the park if you’re constantly worrying about your child breaking free from your hold and running out through the crowd or across a street? I am certain that you won’t. Then I hope that you would agree with me when I say that leashes can be beneficial for you and your children. Not only can they provide safety and security for your children but they can also aid you in controlling your children’s behaviour. With the growing number of people who prey on little children, the leash will definitely deter them from trying to take your child away from you. Leashes have already been around for decades but a stigma is still attached to their use. Parents who use them are often regarded as inhuman, and often get reproached for inflicting trauma on their children. I believe that if people will just try to understand the benefits of using leashes, then they will stop pointing their fingers at those who use them. Contrary to what many people think, leashes actually give children a greater sense of freedom and not cause them any trauma at all. Experts say that limitations actually make children feel more secure than when they are left to wander around freely. Leashes come in various lengths so parents can use them in different situations. They are now available in various designs that look very attractive and far different from old models of leashes that look like telephone cords. The benefits of using leashes far outweigh the negative remarks or unpleasant looks that people could give you. Maybe, it would be easier for you to use leashes if you would think of them as “harnesses” instead of “leashes”. In this way, you won’t be thinking about dogs when you use them on your children!

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It is not a secret that behind every champion are very supportive parents. Jui Patel, an 11-year old girl from Navrachna School, is the youngest to qualify for the National Skating Championship. According to a report by The Times of India, Jui will compete with the best skaters from all over the country this Sunday. Arti Patel, Jui’s mother, reveals that Jui has always been committed to skating. She has exhibited her exceptional talent in skating even at an early age. She adds that Jui seems to be tireless during practice as she can go for hours on end without complaining. Mrs. Patel hopes that her daughter will do well in the championship. Obviously, Arti Patel is a doting mother. But it is apparent that she supports her daughter’s skating one hundred percent. With her mother’s support, it won’t be a surprise if Jui makes it really big in the world of skating in the future. Is your kid interested in any sport or hobby? What are you doing to encourage him or her to be excellent at it?

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As some of you may have noticed, I've been rather absent for the last couple of weeks. My abrupt silence usually signals that something big's going on offline, which is the case right now. Our turbulent 2009 is coming in...

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