Parenting

Best Moments Sitting on Santa’s Lap

By Jocelyn Voo
Kaboose.com | Dec. 26, 2007

When Christmastime finally rolls around, several things are for certain: eggnog, bad holiday sweaters and kids clamoring for Santa. But even though a visit to jolly old Saint Nick is a timeless holiday tradition, it’s a whole different story when you’re dealing with kids on a gingerbread sugar high.

We scoured the internet and found the best video clips of the good, the bad and the very, very ugly kid encounters with Santa, and here they are all in one spot. These moments may make you chuckle now, but just be glad you weren’t there to witness them firsthand!

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How to Enjoy Vacationing With In-Laws

By Jocelyn Voo
CNN.com | Oct. 4, 2007

art.inlaw.vacation.jpg (LifeWire) — There’s no more potentially problematic situation than a long family vacation — except one that includes your in-laws. Bring young children along and the chance of things unraveling increases even more.

Here are tips for preserving relationships during your getaway.

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10 Tips for Parenting Only Children

By Jocelyn Voo
AmericanBaby.com (via Parents.com) | October 2006

She’s the love of your life. Your pride and joy. Your little baby and your big girl. She’s the only child, and — for better or worse — she’s going to get all your love and attention. Because of that fact, only children tend to mature quickly, live to please others, and are born leaders. Here’s how to use birth order traits to your parenting advantage.

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10 Tips for Parenting Firstborns

By Jocelyn Voo
AmericanBaby.com (via Parents.com) | September 2006

Firstborn children tend to become mini-adults far before their years. They are hardworking, diligent achievers who’re ready and able to please the adults around them. Of course, they also can be a bit controlling about having things done “their way.” Here, 10 tips on how to groom your firstborn to make these predisposed characteristics work in his favor.

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10 Tips for Parenting Middle Children

By Jocelyn Voo
AmericanBaby.com (via Parents.com) | September 2006

Middle children tend to get lost in the sibling shuffle, so to get your attention, their behavior may range from one extreme (acting somewhat rebellious) to the other (being a people-pleaser). Here, how to use their birth order traits to your parenting advantage.

1. Reassure your child. To counteract the attention you lavish upon your overachiever firstborn and spotlight-hogging lastborn, the middle-born child needs to experience acceptance exactly for who he is — mistakes included, write Cliff Isaacson and Kris Radish in The Birth Order Effect (Schwartz Books). If you child makes a mistake, you need to emphasize that his punishment is not related to his siblings, nor do they change the fact that you still care about him. Explaining the reason behind the punishment is especially crucial when dealing with a middle-born child, who’s already feels lost in the mix.

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10 Tips for Parenting Lastborn Children

By Jocelyn Voo
AmericanBaby.com (via Parents.com) | August 2006

Lastborn children tend to compensate for their younger age by stealing the spotlight from their older siblings. Though their attention-hogging tactics can range from innocent to manipulative, it can work in your favor if you know how to use their traits your parenting advantage. Here, how to give lastborn kids the attention that they deserve.

1. Play fair. Often times a parent can become so preoccupied worrying about her oldest child’s upcoming school spelling bee or making sure the middle child isn’t making mud soup in the kitchen, she’ll neglect the youngest one’s needs. “You’ll have to make sure the youngest child is included,” says Meri Wallace, a child and family therapist for over 20 years and author of Birth Order Blues (Owl Books). “If the oldest one is always having playdates, you might try to make sure to arrange one for the youngest one.” This will strengthen the youngest child’s sense of identity as an integral part of the family.

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Birth Order and Personality

By Jocelyn Voo
AmericanBaby.com (via Parents.com) | August 2006

“The one thing you can bet your paycheck on is the firstborn and second-born in any given family are going to be different,” says Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who has studied birth order since 1967 and author of The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are (Revell). But how is it that a gregarious comedian and a reclusive, introspective thinker can be so different yet share the same genes? Psychologists like Leman believe the secret to sibling personality differences lies in birth order — whether you’re a first-, middle-, last-born, or only child — and how parents treat their child because of it.

Meri Wallace, a child and family therapist for over 20 years and author of Birth Order Blues (Owl Books), agrees. “Some of it has to do with the way the parent relates to the child in his spot, and some of it actually happens because of the spot itself. Each spot has unique challenges,” she explains.

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