Why your kid lies?

A lie may seem small until its full ramifications are known.The snowball effect of lying permits even the smallest of fibs to have random, unpredictable, and sometimes significant results. Just as one snowflake too many can trigger an avalanche, so a single untruth can trigger a massive cover-up effort. As the story gets more complicated, […]

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Be a super-safe baby sitter

You’ve decided to earn extra money baby-sitter, and you think it will be easy. How about viewing it as taking responsibility for another human being? Since accidents are the greatest cause of injury and death in infants and children, you have a little planning to do before you assume this new responsibility.

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Dinner time!

When Krista Scott was 5, her father taught her to make scrambled eggs. At 8, while making salsas and salads with her grandmother, Scott learned to use chef’s knives. At 12, she set up a pretend restaurant in her mother’s house, creating menus and preparing meals. Today, Scott, 18, is studying to become a professional […]

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All in the family: stepfamily’s seldom easy

Making It Work Creating family time, Carol believes, has helped all the children grow closer. “We have rituals, like family movie night and game night,” she says. “And we’ve created new traditions, like taking family vacations and picking out a gigantic Christmas tree every year.” (For other tips, see “Steps to Success.”)

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