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Question of the Day: Explaining the Dangers of Strangers

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Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post. Now on to today’s question. . .

How do I explain to my child the dangers of strangers without giving them nightmares?

Before talking to your children, you need a good “self thermometer” to make sure that you don’t have signs of fear or anxiety in your voice. If you do, you may [Read more…]

Question of the Day: My Child Keeps Using Bad Language!

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Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post. Now on to today’s question. . .

My child keeps using bad language. How do I explain that this is not okay?

Obviously there are words that most parents don’t want their children to use. They won’t get your children invited on playdates or into the sorority. First off, as a parent, you want to make sure [Read more…]

Question of the Day–Can I Send My Children to Different Schools?

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Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post. Now on to today’s question. . .

Is it okay to send your children to two different schools if they have different needs? I’m afraid it will ruin their relationship if they are at separate schools. . . Is this the case, or would their relationship be strengthened from being apart from one another? (They are a grade apart.)

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5 Ways to Stop Your Kids From Fighting

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It’s inevitable to have a little sibling conflict. In fact, I get concerned during the times my kids are getting along. Are they plotting against me? What am I in for? Kidding… kind of… So how do you stop your kids from fighting? Breezy Mama has 5 tips to add some peace back into your household.

1. Find out the true cause.
Sure, he’s being mean to his sister, but instead of quickly coming to her defense, find out why. And this doesn’t mean discover if SHE took the toy from him first, but what is truly behind their sibling fights. Ask YOU if both have [Read more…]

Question of the Day: My Child Doesn’t Respect Me!

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Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post.

Now on to today’s question. . .

My five-year-old has been very disrespectful to me. When I tell him something like, “Finish your vegetables” he responds with something along the lines of “Why should I?” or “Make me.” He undermines my authority as a parent. What should I do?

Certainly, respectful talking is [Read more…]

Is YOUR Texting Harming Your Kids?

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Admittedly, when I first heard an article came out saying that a “rise in child injuries may be linked to distracted parents” due to spending too much time on our gadgets, such as texting, I hid under my chair as another one of my kids fell out of a tree. Kidding… kind of… Truth be told, like most people, I depend on my phone a lot and am actually able to spend more time with my kids because of it. For example, I know I won’t miss that all important returned email that I’ve been waiting for from work because I can quickly check my phone to see if it finally came through even though I’m technically “off the clock.” Also, I can be in touch with the parent who currently has my child over for a play date in the event they need me to come get them asap. And I can check Facebook in case someone somewhere is having more fun than me at that moment, er, um, I mean make pediatrician appointments.

As you may have figured out by now, I am guilty of checking my phone too often while with my kids. Breezy Mama turned to child and family psychotherapist Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, to discuss the repercussions for the kids when parents are too dependent on their devices (iPhone, iPad, SmartPhone, computer, etc.) and, so that our children can get sweet revenge on OUR screen time, what are some guidelines for adults and more.

Though the article gives the example that a daughter broke her arm while playing in the backyard and the mom felt bad for sending that, “one more email,” I think kids should be able to explore in the backyard without constant supervision. However, I AM concerned with how kids feel when mom is checking her phone (for texts, emails, etc.) versus paying attention to the child. Are there repercussions for a child when mom seems more into her texts than paying attention to the kids?

Many diligent parents, like you, are sometimes [Read more…]

Question of the Day: How do I get my child to stop complaining and whining?

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Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post.

Now on to today’s question. . .

Everything that has been coming out of my 8-year-old daughter’s mouth has either been a whine or a complaint. She’s doing a lot of eye-rolling too. It makes me not want to be around her. Why has she started acting like this, and what can I do?

It seems that 8 years-old is the age where many kids pick up bad behaviors from other kids at school. Eye-rolling, complaining, and general opposition used to be more typical with the onset of adolescence, though it appears earlier today. Don’t tell your daughter that  [Read more…]

Question of the Day: My Child Keeps Wetting the Bed — and Himself!

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By Rennett Stowe from USA

Question of the Day is where Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting whiz, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer your daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us what’s on your mind to alex@breezymama.com and Dr. Walfish will tackle it in a future Breezy post.

Now on to today’s question. . .

Help! My five and a half year old is peeing his bed every night and peeing in his clothes two-three times per day. This is relatively new. I try and [Read more…]

Question of the Day: Bickering Siblings–How Do I Get Them to Stop?

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She’s back! Breezy Mama‘s Go-To parenting expert, Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column, is here to answer our daily parenting questions. Make sure to send us yours (alex@breezymama.com) and Dr. Walfish will answer it in a future Breezy post.

Now on to today’s question. . .

My kids are constantly bickering with one another. I’ve tried to get them to stop and talk nicely with one another by giving examples of how I talk to my husband and friends, but they continue to push each others buttons and argue. It is so unpleasant to be around! How can I get them to stop?

First, it is important for you to understand that [Read more…]

Question of the Day: Getting Your Child to Focus on the Moment

file0001576916661Do you ever have one of those episodes with your children where you wonder, “When is he going to stop doing this?” Your child does something weird, aggravating, or just won’t grow out of a phase? Wish you had someone there to give you the help and advice you’re seeking? Enter Breezy Mama’s  Question of the Day piece. A simple (ha!) parenting question with answers from Dr. Fran Walfish, who is an Expert in Parents Magazine’s “Ask Our Experts” column.  So send us your questions (alex@breezymama.com) and Dr. Walfish will answer it in a future Breezy post. Now on to today’s question. . .

Recently, each time we leave an event (playdate, party, casual get together) my child, who is in elementary school, starts to [Read more…]