Author: Parent Cue

Too much too soon?

Did you hear about the New York mom who sued her daughter’s preschool because it hadn’t properly prepared her four-year-old for entrance exams for an elite education? “It is no secret that getting a child into the Ivy League starts in nursery school,” reads one tenet of the lawsuit. I don’t care how smart your kid is, when college-like competitiveness overtakes the creativity and wonder of childhood, something is wrong. Recent research released by MIT and UC Berkley seems to agree. Slate Magazine reported the study and concluded, “New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger...

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10 Ways to Tame your Temper

Here are 10 tips from the Mayo Clinic to help you control your anger: 1. Take a timeout. 2. Get some space. 3. Once you’re calm, express your anger. 4. Get some exercise. 5. Think carefully before you say anything. 6. Identify solutions to the situation. 7. Use ‘I’ statements when describing the problem. 8. Don’t hold a grudge. 9. Use humor to release tensions. 10. Practice relaxation skills. Click here to read the entire article on anger...

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I Want My Kids To Be Happy

by Kendra Fleming I want a lot of things for my kids, but if I were completely honest, I would tell you that I want my kids to be happy. I don’t like it when they are sad. I feel bad when they don’t make the team. I hate it when they are not invited to the party. When their feelings get hurt, when they are suffering the consequences of poor choices, when their best friend moves away or when their boyfriend breaks up with them; all of these circumstances could possibly break the heart of my kids. They also have the potential to break mine. I want my kids to be happy. I spend a lot of time picking out their birthday gifts because I want to see that big smile of surprise and well… happiness. I go to concerts that I don’t really enjoy because it makes my kids happy! I eat pizza every Friday night. Why? Because my kids love it! But there are a lot of things I do that don’t make them so happy. They’ve all had their shots. Ouch! I cook vegetables on most nights. They have to help with the dishes and do their homework. They have to be home by their curfew. They aren’t allowed to go to certain parties, and they don’t get everything they want. In other words, sometimes...

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The Most Stressful Time of the Year

According to a survey  released by the American Psychological Association this month, nearly 75% of respondents reported unhealthy stress levels in 2010. The survey also found that parents may underestimate the impact of stress on their families. While 69% of parents say their stress has little or no impact on their children, 91% of kids ages 8 to 17 report that they can tell when their parents are stressed. You can read the full “Stress in America Report” here. There’s no doubt that in our efforts to make this the “most wonderful time of the year”, the holiday season can bring on even more stress. The “Holiday Stress Index” conducted by Harris Interactive reported that 90% of respondents say they experience stress during the holiday season. So, what is everyone so stressed about? According to another survey by the American Psychological Association, Americans list lack of money (61%), the pressures of gift giving (42%), lack of time (34%) and credit card debt (23%) as top causes of holiday stress. What are you doing to reduce your level of stress this...

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Gratitude is Good for You

Did you know that “Doctors say giving thanks, taking the time to notice positive things in your life is not only good for your psyche but it’s good for your body. University of California at Davis researchers found that practicing gratitude can lower your blood pressure and make you feel less hostile. Grateful people are less angry, less negative and usually look for the cup half full. Studies by Cornell University researchers have shown that those who are thankful appear to have lower risks of developing phobias, alcoholism, even depression. They even have stronger immune systems. Read more on the importance of being thankful...

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