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Children need you to be there. I’ve heard people say quality over quantity, and while it’s important to spend quality time with your children, they also need to spend a lot of time with their parents – especially babies and preschoolers. Even school aged and teenagers have a need for their parents to be attentive,

DON’T Fight in Front of the Kids or within their hearing – Calling your spouse names, yelling, pushing, hitting, breaking objects, punching walls, and threatening him or her in front of your children can have negative physiological effects. Kids who witness this may act out in fear, run away, seek dangerous coping techniques like drugs

Don’t Always Take Their Side – Children need to experience the results of their behaviors. When a teacher or other adult reports an act of misbehavior take it seriously. You don’t always need to take your child’s side, and you don’t need to “fix” the problem for your child. Some parents have the impression that

Lack of Discipline – If your child acts up, throws a fit or bullies another child, you do nothing. Lack of discipline in parenting often stems from not wanting to look “mean.” Many parents don’t know the correct way to discipline a child, so they choose to do nothing instead. This type of ghost parenting

Natural and logical consequences are the best way for people to learn. Natural Consequences: These are consequences given by nature. There is never any discussion, second warnings, or negotiating with nature. If you go out in the rain, you will get wet. If you climb a tree and let go, you will fall and suffer

I often have parents come in at their wits end because their children don’t respond to any form of punishment. I’m not surprised because it’s well known that punishment isn’t effective in changing behaviors in the long run. A child who is punished may change immediately out of fear, but the long term effects of

Germs and bacteria surround us everywhere. Luckily, our immune system is designed to protect our bodies from the scores of foreign substances that can make us sick. Drinking too much alcohol weakens the immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Understanding the effect alcohol can have on your immune system can

KNOW THE RISKS: Genetics, environment, and lifestyle habits can all heighten your risk of getting cancer. We can’t do anything to change our genes, and we often can’t do much to change our environment. But lifestyle habits are a different story. Drinking too much alcohol is one lifestyle habit that can increase your risk of

KNOW THE FACTS: Each year, acute pancreatitis sends more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. Many of those who suffer from pancreatic problems are also heavy drinkers. Habitual and excessive drinking damages the pancreas, and commonly causes pancreatitis. Learning more about the links between alcohol and pancreatic problems can help you make better decisions to

Liver disease is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States. More than 2 million Americans suffer from liver disease caused by alcohol. In general, liver disease strikes people who drink heavily over many years. While many of us recognize that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver disease, we