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Author: Janet Lehman, MSW

Is Your Child Being Bullied? 9 Steps You Can Take as a Parent

As we all know too well, name–calling, cruel taunts, cyberbullying and physical bullying happen every day to kids across the country. When your child is being bullied, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else—all you want to do is make it stop immediately. Janet Lehman, MSW explains what you can do to help your child—and what could hurt them in the long run. The lesson for our son was that while he couldn’t stop people from saying bad things, he had some control over how he responded to it. At some point, your child will be picked on or will have his feelings hurt by others. We all have our trials and tribulations with our kids, no matter who we are. An unavoidable part of living is finding solutions to problems, even when they are not easy or comfortable. In my opinion, bullying is a real problem that needs to be solved as a family. Our son was bullied in middle school and high school. We lived in a small rural community where he went to elementary school; the teachers were very aware of all the kids and very attentive. In some ways it was an ideal school. Unfortunately, they had no junior high or high school in our community, so we had to make the choice to send our son to a large urban school nearby. Soon, he...

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I Caught My Child Lying: How to Manage Sneaky Behavior in Kids

Let’s face it; we are probably all guilty of some type of “sneaking around” when we were younger. We may have stolen cigarettes from our parents, or lied about going to a friend’s house, or said we were going to the “library” when we were really going to a dance. We may have even thought we were justified at the time and come up with all kinds of reasons to explain our misbehavior. The sneaky behavior and lying become the “method” for them to solve problems – not a good or effective method – but a method. Despite how...

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8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids

Do your kids make you feel like an ogre when you set limits? Does the word “no” kick off whining, yelling and protests?  How many times have you heard your nine-year-old say something like: “That’s not fair! Brandon’s mom lets him watch Sons of Anarchy!”  Or does this sound familiar:  “Jessica’s dad lets her stay out ‘til 10 on school nights! Why can’t you?” “It’s important to help your child look at what was happening and what they were thinking that triggered their angry response.” It can be hard to know sometimes if the limits you set are reasonable...

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