How Can I Keep My 5 Children Entertained Without TV?

Dear AdviceMama, I have five children under the age of 9, and on Saturdays, when my husband is working, we are stuck in the house because of weath...A mother once told me that when her kids complained that they were bored, she would respond by saying, "Do I look like an entertainment center to you?"

My Grandson's Meltdowns Are Wearing Us Out!

Dear AdviceMama, My daughter has two boys, ages 6 and 4, who are sweet but quarrelsome, especially the 4-year-old. He has a strong personality and ...Parents who tremble at the prospect of their youngster becoming upset end up resorting to reasoning -- or giving in -- to escape the temper tantrum drama.

Family Meal New Year's Resolution: Laurie David, Susan Stiffelman Share Dinner Table Conversation Tips

Here's a New Year's resolution idea: How about you try to get the family together around the table for dinner more often? Not only is it an opportu...Here's a New Year's resolution idea: How about you try to get the family together around the table for dinner more often?

I'm Uncomfortable Letting My Daughter Have Sleepovers at a Certain Friend's House

Dear AdviceMama, I'm an old dad (late 50s). My 11-year-old daughter loves sleepovers, both at our house and her friends'. However, I have an issue ...Would you let your child spend the night at this mom's house?

When Relatives Give Your Child a Gift You Don't Allow, Things Can Get Awkward!

When my son was about 8 years old, one of his relatives gave him an Eminem CD. Having seen how intrigued my boy had been by the rapper's music when ...If you're confident that your relatives have given your child something entirely inappropriate, you have to take a stand.

Should I Punish My 13-Year-Old Son for Not Being Excited About the New Baby?

Dear AdviceMama, I am pregnant with my second child. My son is 13. His father and I are divorced; it was a bad marriage and my son was rejected by ...You cannot force someone to be happy and excited. At best, you might convince your boy to hide his unhappiness, but that is a terrible idea.

How to Prepare for the Santa Moment of Truth

We dread it, but every parent knows that the day will eventually come when their child learns that there is no Santa. This discovery brings a double...As hard as we may try to preserve our child's innocence, we all have to inevitably deal with the mournful moment when our youngster figures out the real deal about Santa.

My Niece Is Skipping School - and Her Mom Doesn't Care!

Dear AdviceMama, My 13-yr-old niece (my sister's daughter) is starting to skip school a lot and make up excuses not to go, or she will call home an...While you may not be able to get through to your sister, you do have a chance to become a safe haven and confidante for your niece, which is the first step toward helping her avoid heading into bigger problems.

My Teenage Daughter Was My Best Friend, and Now She's a Terror!

Dear AdviceMama, It seems like overnight my only child and best friend can't stand me. How is it that my 16-year-old girl can treat me so poorly wh...First, let me say in big, bold letters: Your daughter cannot be your best friend.

My 4-Year-Old Granddaughter is Becoming a Bully ... Just Like Her Mom!

Dear AdviceMama, My 4-year-old granddaughter is the victim of my daughter's yelling, profanity and name-calling if she doesn't listen. They live in...The number one most powerful influence on our children's behavior is how we ourselves behave. Gently offer to help your daughter find healthier ways to handle her child when she doesn't listen.


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