Posts Tagged ‘ manners ’

Your Biggest Behavior Challenges: Send Us Your Videos

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

mom video taping childWhether it’s poor manners, slacking on chores, or forgetting to feed the dog, most kids dodge responsibility from time to time. If you can catch your kid in the act on camera, we can help! Share short videos—2 minutes or less in length—of your child’s biggest behavior challenges with Parents, and selected submissions will received personalized expert advice. Send your video to, along with your child’s name and age and your daytime phone number, to enter.

Here are some best video practices to get you started:

  • It’s fine to film on your phone—in fact, it’s encouraged!
  • Set up your shot as if you were taking a photo.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light. Turn on several lights, if you are inside.
  • If you shoot handheld, use two hands to steady the phone. Or, use a table or a book to prop your phone up, to have a completely steady shot.
  • Audio is key. Make sure the phone is close enough to your kid so that you can hear him. And don’t be afraid to have your child repeat something he’s said.

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Image: Mom video taping child via Shutterstock.

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Poll: Should Toddlers Be Sued?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

After an elderly woman sued two bicycle-riding toddlers for crashing into her on a New York City sidewalk, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that toddlers can be sued for negligence.

Even though the toddlers’ parents argued their kids were too young to be held accountable for negligence, the judge maintained their age (4-years-old) was enough to prove they were mentally developed and mature.  The judge also dismissed adult supervision as a weak reason against negligence: “A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behavior such as running across a street.” (

After reading the full story at, take our poll and share your opinion in the Comments section below.

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