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Parenting Tips from a "Real" Housewife

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"The Real Housewives of New York City" cast members and parents of two, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen, give you the 411 on how to communicate, parent and stay together as a family.

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From family unity to communication, Alex and Simon share their insight on how to build a successful family system:

Find What Works for Your Family - Be Present: As much as we'd like to think so, there are no one-size-fits-all answers to the questions that come up when raising children. Keep your eyes open and be emotionally present so that it is easier to see what you need to do, day to day.

Happy Parents are Better Parents: Parenting is a tough job, and all parents find themselves multi-tasking, many struggling for balance between work and family. Communicate with your spouse; sometimes it's important to remember that you two were there first. In a family that is parented by a happily married duo, parenting can be a shared experience with the emphasis on the children and their demands as opposed to spending too much time keeping their relationship on track. A happy marriage seems to set the tone in the house.

Consistency: In these trying times, it's vital to maintain a united parental front. These days there are many distractions and we find that sometimes it's very tempting to let things slide -- whether it be discipline, bedtimes or dinner menus. Never forget that children expect consistency; it is reassuring to them and sets up your household for smooth running.

Decision Making: A very important thing for families to teach their children is how to make good decisions. If they have watched their parents making well thought out decisions over the years, they will tend to be good decision makers themselves.

Currently, Alex is writing a book about urban parenting slated to be published in late 2009. To learn more about the McCord-van Kempen family, check out

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jennifer  December 7, 2008, 10:12 PM

These are the last people I would take advice from.

clarissa December 8, 2008, 3:27 PM

Are you kidding me? Parenting advice from the mom who sat there while her child played with the burger being eaten by another adult at a restaurant party, much to the diners’ horror. These children have absolutely no manners and are out of control, but that seems to be due to their parents’ attitude that they can do no wrong.

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 12:20 PM

Interesting info. Enjoyable reading. There’s a opinion to make about shirts.

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