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Parents need to walk that fine line between allowing their teens to fail and make mistakes, so that they can learn from these experiences, and keeping them from being self-destructive or self-defeating. It's important that teens see that their actions have consequences and learn from their own experiences what works for them and what doesn't work. The parents' role is to make sure that the consequences to their teen aren't so severe that there's no coming back.
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I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.
With the official end of summer and start of school, come changes to routines, new schedules, and certain adjustments. This sudden change of pace for families can sometimes leave parents feeling like they are performing a difficult juggling act!
Camping with infants doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, babies are incredibly adaptable. It might take a couple of days for babies to completely adapt to the different sleep environment, but once you have established a routine, they usually sleep extremely well in the tent, especially after a fun day of activities.
Don't feel bad if you'd rather stay inside for board games.
And: your kids grow up in the blink of an eye.
Magical, desirable, but forget about it, it ain't real.
It all comes down to balance. And sometimes a car wash.
The dinner table is a battle zone.
Watch our new video series 'Apparently' for some real talk about life with kids.
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"Apparently the harder I try to run my evenings routinely... the opposite happens."
Looks like all those "nom noms" were worth it.