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photo of ME's reflective parenting guest, Dr. Regina Pally

When our child misbehaves, we often react quickly with a lecture, a consequence or an angry outburst. But what if we paused to see through our child’s eyes and understand what motivated his or her behavior? What if we took a moment to assess our own feelings and how they are colored by stress or…

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photo of ME's positive parenting strategies guest, Dr. Alan Kazdin

As parents, our days are filled with little challenges — making sure our kids get out the door on time for school, getting siblings to play well together, helping a toddler accept “no” without a tantrum, persuading teens to get off the phone and do their homework. Dr. Alan Kazdin, professor and director of the…

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Writer Julie Davidson asked Marti how kids’ understanding of relationships changes in their tweens and teens. Here is what was included in her Metroparent Magazine article titled The ABCs of Love: How kids’ understanding of relationships change as they grow:   The tweens and teens stage is a very awkward stage in a child’s life,…

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photo of ME's healthy relationships guest, Mike Domitrz

As parents, many of us are uneasy talking candidly with our sons and daughters about healthy relationships, dating and the decisions they will face in their relationships. We may worry that if we say too much, we’ll stimulate our children’s sexual interest. But talking is essential to teaching values and healthy, respectful choices. Fueled by…

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photo of being a good sport parent guest, Dr. Nicole LaVoi

We’ve all seen them (and many of us have been them) – the parents yelling at the referee, coaching their child from the sidelines or booing the other team. What are kids learning when they see that behavior? And how does that sport parent behavior affect children’s health, well-being and feelings about sports? University of…

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