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Myths and Facts on Spanking

Question: My preschooler gets out of control at times and my husband says that he needs to be spanked when he misbehaves. He says he was spanked and learned to behave. What do you say?

Answer: Marianne Vukas, Life Skills teacher at Parcells, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South High Schools recently conducted a parenting party for The Family Center on the topic of discipline for preschool children. Part of her presentation focused on the myths and facts about spanking. A brief summary of that information maybe helpful to you. Here are some of the Myths and Facts on Spanking:
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About Risk-Taking and Cliques

By Susan Fell, Student Assistant Specialist at Brownell Middle School

Question: Do you believe a child sets themselves up to be a victim? If so, how?

Answer: Children and adolescents need to take appropriate risks, fail and practice creative solutions in order to build self esteem. Well meaning parents who regularly come to their children’s rescue with sibling disagreements and friendship issues may unknowingly be taking away important learning experiences that promote healthy self-esteem. Read more: About Risk-Taking and Cliques

Teen Drinking

Question:  My daughter is a freshman at Grosse Pointe North. What is the best way to approach the topic of drinking with her so that she’ll actually listen?

Answer:  For many parents, bringing up the subject of alcohol is no easy matter. Think of this discussion with your child as the first part of an ongoing conversation.  Remember, do make it a conversation, not a lecture!  Here are some topics to help you get started:

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Good Parenting Tips

Question:  Do you have some general tips or basic rules you can give on being a good parent?  My kids are fairly happy and healthy, but I want to make sure they stay that way!

Answer:  The answer to that question cannot be answered easily. There is so much that goes into parenting, but it seems that we all like to see things broken down into simple steps or checklists that can remind us of what we should be doing. We’ve probably all heard the saying “Parenting is the most important job you’ll ever have” but the truth is, kids learn from lots of people – not just parents.

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Help for Adoptive Parents

By Gayle Merkle, MA, LPC, CSW

Q: We have recently adopted a child. Do you have any suggestions to help us as parents?

A: As a former adoption specialist I was asked to write an article on Adoption. Whenever I get the chance to share what I know to be true on the mystery of being separated and joined to a family I never miss the opportunity.

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Supporting Healthy Peer Relationships in the Teen Years

By Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW

Q. There is so much relationship conflict with teens.  As a parent, what can be done to support healthy peer relationships?

The kind of peer relationships your child has can have a huge influence on their motivation, their success, what’s important to them and the choices they make.  Because of this, it is wise to help your son or daughter know what a healthy support network looks like and how to utilize it appropriately.

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Help Your Children Manage Stress and Anxiety

By Mary Beth Garvey, MSW, CSW

Q. There seems to be more and more pressure on kids today.  How can parents help kids to manage the anxiety that comes with the increasing demands on them?

A. Kids are putting tremendous pressure on themselves to excel.  Well-roundedness or moderate success is often no longer good enough for them.  As a parent, you can help your child learn how to identify and manage anxiety.

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