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7 Signs You Might Be a Massachusetts Helicopter Parent

The term "helicopter parent" was first coined in 1969 when it was used to describeHeliocopter parenting 1.jpg parents who, well, hover over their kids. Almost 50 years later, the term has earned a place in common vernacular, code for parents who govern every aspect of their kids' lives. It's more than a bad habit with a catchy name: parents who always look over their kids' shoulders may be unwittingly preventing them from practicing emotional and behavioral control on their own.

7 Seemingly Harmless Phrases to Never Say to Your Spouse Around the Kids

While they meant well, whoever said "It's not what you say, it's what you do thatParent Phrases.jpg matters most" never had kids. Massachusetts kids learn a lot about how communication is supposed to work from observing you and your spouse interact with one another. If you're caustic? They'll be caustic. If you're angry? They'll probably be angry. If you use bad words, they'll use bad words. Of course, this also applies to less obvious territory: toss-away phrases you might say.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Are Trying to Save Kids from Tackle Football

Growing national consternation about the health effects of tackle football - theFootball 1.jpg head trauma, the concussions, the CTE - has pushed legislators in at least five states to introduce bills creating a minimum age for kids to participate. With HD 2501, "An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren," a bipartisan group of Massachusetts legislators joins them.

What is the Difference Between Discipline and Punishment of a Massachusetts Child

Discipline and punishment are usually conflated so that in the mouths and mindHistory of Discipline.jpgs of many Massachusetts parents, they've become interchangeable. They're not. Because, in fact, discipline is a very useful system for parenting, while punishment is one tactic (of many) which can be used to support the discipline system. So while the two are complementary, they are neither interchangeable or opposed.

When Parents Stop Spanking Massachusetts Kids, Kids Stop Hitting One Another

Countries that ban corporal punishment boast lower rates of youth violence,Spank.jpgaccording to a new study. The results, culled from an analysis of violent behavior in 88 countries, suggests that overall rates of physical fighting among young men and women are up to 69 percent lower when national laws forbid parents from slapping or spanking their children.

Infographic: Why You Should Hug Your Massachusetts Kids

It's official: hugs are good for you, physically and emotionally. Recent scientific research has found that getting your full cuddle quota every day has significant benefits, including a healthy heart rate, a sense of calm, better sleep and more energy.

Let Children of a Massachusetts Divorce Love Their Other Parent Without Guilt

We've all heard again and again warnings for parents to not bad mouth theirKids 2.jpg former spouse to the children following their Massachusetts divorce. Clearly, while it's tempting to put Mom or Dad down for the way they've hurt you in the marriaage, venting to the kids puts them in a very uncomfortable position. They love both of their parents and don't want to hear about the ways your ex misbehaved or initiated your divorce.

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