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11 ways to show love for your child

Eleven ways to show love for your child – Corpus Christi, TX | KRISTV.COM

One NBC Affiliate suggests 11 ways to show your love for your child. What do you think of them? Do you agree or disagree? Do you have things you’d add?


1. Start early. Before your child is born, avoid alcohol and drugs, limit or avoid caffeine and don’t smoke. Get good prenatal care so your child has the best chance at a healthy life.

2. Read to your child. Even babies like to be read to, and children of all ages benefit from a love of reading. When your child is old enough, take turns reading to each other.

3. Use positive words. Encourage your child with phrases such as “You can do it!” and “Great job!” Nurture self-confidence by praising efforts and accomplishments.

4. Provide structure. Set clear rules and stick to them. Limit the kind and amount of television your child watches. Have meals at regular times, and have a schedule for homework and bedtime.

5. Protect your child’s health. Make sure all immunizations are up to date. See the doctor for regular well-child visits. Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Encourage physical activity, and offer healthy foods and snacks.

6. Make your home safe. Keep medicines, cleaning supplies, sharp objects and other hazards locked up and out of reach. Keep small objects away from children 3 years old and younger to prevent choking.

7. Practice car safety. Put infants and children younger than 12 in the back seat of the car. Be sure your child’s safety seat is installed properly. Insist that your older child buckle up just like you do.

8. Monitor your child. Early on, take care to choose good child care providers. Later, know your child’s friends and teachers. Know where your child spends time and what he or she is doing.

9. Be a good role model. Set an example by using words like “I’m sorry,” “please” and “thank you.” Avoid name-calling or hurtful words, even when you’re angry or frustrated. Don’t hold grudges.

10. Spend time with your child. Your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Do fun things you both enjoy, like going to the park or playing games. Involve your child in household tasks you can do together, like cooking. Ask your child about his or her life and really listen.

11. Show and tell. Give plenty of hugs and kisses. And say “I love you” often.

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How To Behave In A Restaurant (not!) | Jannie Funster

Ever felt like you’re alone when your children decide to act out in public? These photos should help you realize you’re not (more on the blog linked below).

How To Behave In A Restaurant (not!) | Jannie Funster.

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Go, Heels!

We usually blog about food security, parenting, teen parenting, tutoring, and the like. But since two of us are Tarheels alumni, we just couldn’t resist posting a small, slightly boastful congratulations to all the Heels fans out there! Here’s to memories of championships on Franklin Street, and especially to the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions, the UNC Tarheels!UNC Tarheels Alumni at the FamilyWorks Dinner

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Goodnight Mom


We took this poem (a spoof on Goodnight Moon) from Parenting.com, as we figured many of you (okay and some of us) could identify…. Be sure to check them out (click on the link or on the photo) to see other articles the e-zine has to offer.


Goodnight Mom – Parenting.com.

In the messy green 
family room
There was a telemarketer ringing the telephone 
And a crying toddler 
because his brother just popped his 
red balloon 
And a picture of–The cow jumping over the moon (which someone colored on with permanent marker)
And there was a missing 
teddy bear, and a girl with 
gum in her hair

And one to be scolded
And laundry to be folded
And a very hungry spouse 
And something stinky in the house 
(that no one else seemed to smell)

And a comb and a brush and a colicky baby who just won’t shush
And a frazzled mommy screaming #*%#@

Goodnight messy room
Goodnight scribbled-on moon 
Goodnight cow getting out while she can
Goodnight telemarketers and the 
popped balloon
Goodnight long-gone teddy bear Goodnight cereal bar smeared all 
over the dining room chair

Goodnight spitup 
And goodnight leaky sippy cup
Goodnight much-too-little house and goodnight grumpy spouse
Goodnight comb and goodnight brush
And goodnight to a certain 4-year-old who just needs to hush right now I mean it

Goodnight Elmo
Goodnight toys we’ll pick up tomorrow, 
or the next day
Hello chardonnay and TiVo–
“me” time finally

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Hey, You!

Welcome to the FamilyWorks Seattle Blog! This blog is meant to be a space for discussion, sharing stories, and commenting. Please help us make this site interactive! To leave a comment on an article, click on the RED “Comments” link below a particular article. To start a discussion, simply click on the relevant page heading (below the long purple FamilyWorks logo) and then enter your name (can be fake), email, and comment (the website box is optional and can be left blank). Thanks so much for your help, and we hope to make this blog a useful tool for FamilyWorks’ families!

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Kids and Chores – What Do You Think?

So this King 5 News blogger seems to be saying something a little different from what the commenters think. What chores do you hope your children will do, and how do you encourage them to perform the chores? For those of you in our parenting classes, what do you think the book author, or our facilitator, would say about the blogger’s ideas? About the comments?

Chores: Do today’s kids have it too easy? – Blogger KING .

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Is your child ready for kindergarten?

Kindergarten enrollment deadlines are fast approaching. We hear deciding on a school can be quite a challenge – and then what if you’re not sure if your child is really ready? So King 5 has some questions to ask yourself….

Is your child ready for kindergarten? | Early Learning | KING5.com | News for Seattle, Washington .

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