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Tantrums, Fussing and Whining
If you ask parents to list the most frustrating discipline problems during early childhood, you would find that these three items appear on every list. All children master their own version of these behaviors - every parent has to deal with them!

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U.S. Pediatricians Decry Media's Portrayal of Sex
The nation's leading group of pediatricians has issued a strong policy statement directed toward pediatricians, parents and the media on the danger of messages American teens and children are getting about sex from television, the Internet and other media outlets.
"The media represents arguably the leading sex educator in America today," said Dr. Victor Strasburger...

Sports-Related Concussions on the Rise in Kids
The number of young children treated in hospital ERs for concussions they got while playing on sports teams has doubled in just a decade, a new study shows.
Even though participation in organized sports has declined slightly, team-related concussions doubled between 1997 and 2007 in 8- to 13-year-olds and more than doubled in older teens, Brown University pediatric emergency medical specialist Lisa L. Bakhos, MD, tells WebMD.

Quick Tip
Take this approach when you want to teach your child how to sort clean socks in the laundry or put flowers in a vase. Think about each step and how you can make it simple to follow. Explain each step with just a few words as you demonstrate it, so your child concentrates on what you are doing rather than what you are saying. Then let your child practice.
Fun Quote
"The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. "
~Joan Kerr
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