The article discusses how young children use the internet and provides strategies for keeping children safe when they are online.
Even natural toothpastes aimed at toddlers can contain ingredients that you would not want your child to swallow. This article reviews several natural toothpastes, taking a close look at ingredients as well as taste.
Divorce creates a lot of stress for your kids, especially when they are forced to adjust to living at two homes with different sets of expectations.
This article discusses a simple three-step process to help your child when they are suffering from an anxiety attack, as well as the science behind it.
My cousins and I grew up with single mothers. These five assets helped us survive the odds predicted for fatherless children. They offer hope, not despair, to single mothers and fatherless children.
Women who grew up with emotionally absent mothers can feel flat as adults. Because their inner world got ignored as children, they may not know how to nurture it now. By understanding their past, though, they can make peace with it, embrace all their feelings, and say goodbye to the blahs.
When you're getting ready for a new baby, deciding what you need now and what you may never use can be pretty overwhelming. Here's my personal list of must-haves and naaaaahhhhs.
Teens today have it hard. Parenting teenagers is not easy, but understanding the issues they struggle with can help everyone involved. You can't help solve a problem until you know what it is. Here, I highlight the most common problems faced by teenagers today.
Learn the rules to some easy and classic card games which are good to play with children. With classics like Snap, Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights and Rummy, card games are a great way to spend some family time together.
I am sharing with you the things I've learned being a parent to an 11-year-old boy. Topics include independence, girls, setting rules, friends, and the importance of family time.
Modern cell phones can be great things for kids to have but they present a number of risks as well. Find out what a parent can do to protect their kids or monitor their activity.
Here are the top ten tips for young mothers and first-time parents for creating a healthy and happy relationship with your newborn baby.
Car insurance for teen drivers cost more since accidents by teenage drivers are the number one cause of death among teens. Tips to help decide if your teenager is ready to drive are given.
Toddlers and children may experience a speech delay for a variety of reasons. Use these strategies at home to encourage kids to talk.
Are kids these days being pushed too far with sports, after school activities, clubs, and all the things their parents wished they had as children? Is over scheduling crushing little spirits and minds?
Teen curfew laws are in place for a reason. Many teens and advocates are challenging local ordinances as to their constitutionality.
Avoid the mistake of overindulgent parenting that could create self-centered, narcissistic children. Set limits with love and increase your chances of raising children who become healthy adults.
Ways to teach your children empathy (caring for other people and caring for animals), and why that is so important. Being empathetic is essential to success in all areas of a person's life. Empathy begins at home.
Children in the US are exposed to thousands of hours of television, internet content, billboards, magazines, and other forms of media. What effect does it have on young minds and what can parents do to counteract any negative influence? Find out more here.
Should you pay your children to do chores? What's the appropriate age? This is my personal experience.
If you are a parent travelling solo with a baby or small children, learn from my mistakes and make your trip go smoothly. I’ve run of nappies/diapers while stranded overnight so you don’t have to, I’ve left the toddler’s favourite blanket in a suitcase that went astray so you don’t have to…
Moms and dads nag their kids even though research shows it's highly ineffective and damages the parent-child relationship. If they take the time to figure out why they resort to badgering, they can stop this destructive habit and find better ways to motivate their youngsters.
This advice is relevant in recovering from ANY abusive relationship, not just at the hands of narcissistic parents, but also spouses/lovers, siblings, bosses, etc.
Helping children cope with death is one of the hardest things you will encounter. But the most important thing is to let them deal with death on their terms.
With competitive job markets, and a need for people to step up and take leadership roles, it has become important that we instill strong leadership qualities in our children. Here are some tips and ideas on how to shape the future leaders of the world.
I recently found an article in Smithsonian Magazine titled “Simply Smiling Can Actually Reduce Stress” by Joseph Stromberg. It is fascinating and confirmed what I have always believed—that everything is better with a smile. Sometimes it is hard to smile, so here are some tricks I use to get there!
A new parent's nightmare includes slogging through all the baby products on the market to find out what works best for the most reasonable price. Here, we compare the two big-name diaper brands: Huggies and Pampers. These products may appear similar, but how do they fare when put to the test?
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
What do you really need for your newborn baby? There are many products on the market, many of which you'll never use. A checklist of items you will need before you bring your baby home!
Fevers are a body's natural method for fighting of viral or bacterial infections. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to lower a fever—a combination of fever-reducing medications and natural fever reducers may be used to comfort a sick child.
What is the difference between picky eating and a feeding problem? Learn the top ten signs that signal the need for medical investigation of picky eating in children.
Most of us experienced some degree of name-calling when we were kids from our siblings and classmates. What happens to a person's psyche, though, when those hurtful names came from a parent? New research reveals that verbal abuse can be just as damaging as other forms of mistreatment.
Teaching kids who have autism is not an easy task. Many parents struggle and pay lots of money to applied behaviour analysts, but there are also useful games and activities you can do at home. We can teach our kids through play and by creating activities that they'll enjoy.
Want to cloth diaper for the first time but have no idea where to start? Here's what I used to cloth diaper my girls from infancy through toddlerhood and what I would have added to my registry in hindsight.
As our world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, our children spend more and more time with computers, video games, and electronic toys. While this is not without its negative effects, introducing children to the right kind of technology can help prepare them for the future.
How many children can one woman give birth to in a lifetime? How many children can one man father? Who is the oldest and youngest mother, father, and grand parent on record? How big was the world's heaviest infant? Perplexing questions with startling answer, all right here, along with many other reproductive records.
Stimulating a child's love of learning is one of the most important tasks for parents and teachers. Find out what photography can do to make it fun.
Being a good mom is not a race, nor is it a competition. It takes time, energy, and love. Learn about ten great goals and objectives to set for yourself when you're a new mom and how to accomplish your goals.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the US. As a former fat kid, the author understands all too well its long-ranging negative impact. While concerned parents want to intervene, they often make matters worse. By focusing only on the weight and not the bigger picture, moms and dads can miss the mark.
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
Become and stay organized with these real life tried and tested tips. Every busy mom needs to learn these winning secrets to being an organized mom.
Many women in today's society suffer from Superwoman Syndrome. These women feel the pressure that they have to do it all and do it all well. Some even turn to pill-popping to help keep them going.
Learn more about the Build-A-Bear Workshop, including how it works and why it's a great activity for kids.
You spend hours each week planning menus, shopping for food, and preparing home cooked meals for your family, only to have your child look at it and say "Gross!" Let's end that habit for good!
Should children have the right to participate in decisions or should they be protected from decision making? This hub discusses the options and pros and cons of each.
Why growing up as a military brat is a unique experience. My childhood as a Navy Junior, daughter of a career Naval officer and Annapolis grad shaped me more than I ever knew
The overuse of social media, including Facebook, can have a definite impact on teenagers and parents should be aware of the potential negative effects on kids.
Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year, and each year is named after an animal. This tale of the Chinese zodiac is an animal story based on the great race. Add it to your collection of short bedtime stories for kids.
Do you know the difference between punishment and discipline? The proper use of discipline is the best way to manage your child's behavior.
Family game nights are always a great way to bond as a family, even more so if you switch it up and play truth or dare together! Try out this list of 100+ truths and dares for kids!
Tips and suggestions for making playing with toy cars fun for your kids as well as helping their development.
Research shows that over-the-top accolades are not only meaningless to kids but can actually be detrimental to them. Instead of piling on the praise, parents should motivate their youngsters by recognizing their effort, improvement, persistence, and willingness to take on new challenges.
If your child is beginning to read chapter books and likes funny books, here is a list of kids' all-time favorites.
Engaging children is easy when you know how. It can be difficult at first (believe me I know!) but follow the tips below and you will soon find that engaging with children and keeping their attention has become second nature. If you don't have a...
This is the story of how I was affected by my controlling mother, and how I overcame the psychological consequences of overbearing parents.
A natural playground contains elements from nature, such as trees, grass, rocks, sand, and water. It's a great place for both active play and creative play.
Elmo Calls is an official Sesame Street app built to help children learn quickly and engage in real life situations. Each video call was developed to help children achieve important milestones while having lots of fun.
Be prepared with necessary supplies for your baby or young children as well in the event of an emergency or disaster. The article includes extra items to consider for your baby or young child(ren).
Recycle toilet paper rolls into binoculars, a kazoo, race tracks, marble runs, and other fun toys for toddlers. These inexpensive crafts will inspire a lot of imaginative play!
A list of 300+ words for kids playing Pictionary, with easy, medium, and hard clues for children of different skill levels, as well as several categories, from movies and video games to food and drink.
With the right programming, a television can provide entertainment and education for children. However, as we all know, it contains a significant amount of negative images. Learn more about its influence and how to counteract it.
Deciding when to have kids can be a complicated process, but deciding when to close the book on the baby-making chapter can be even more so. Here's my top reasons for not having any more kids.
Reading the statistics on what happens as a premature baby grows up can frighten parents. But statistics only paint half the picture. Read this article to see how to look behind them.
Having a black-sounding name can subject a person to prejudice and employment discrimination. Parents should be aware of this when naming their children.
Step-by-step dowry chest preparation, including both traditional and modern ideas, plus suggestions for boys.
Want to buy infant formula that's hypoallergenic, dairy-free or lactose-free? They're useful when baby has dairy or soy allergy or intolerance, suffers with colic. stomach ache, gas or spit up. Maybe you're vegan or Jewish or Muslim and need a specialist formula for lifestyle reasons...
Advertising is a prevalent influence in children's lives. How has it changed over the years, what effect does it have, and what can parents do to counteract its influence?
Looking to jazz up your youth group? Starting a new group at your church? Here are more than 50 ideas that will make your weekly youth meetings the place to be!
If you're wondering how to help your child grow up soundly when one of their parents is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, here's advice from an adult-child of a bipolar father.
It's important to understand the positive and negative effects of technology on kids so that you can make the best decisions possible for your children and what they are exposed to. Technology isn't all bad—it has some great positives—but you need to truly understand the scary side of it.
It is important to have cell phone rules for kids. Your family cell phone policy should include limits on cell phones at night and at school, and you should monitor cell phone contacts for young kids.
If you're expecting your own little prince or princess, why not consider giving them a "royal" baby name?
We recently ran across a picture for Matilda's Activity Tower on Pinterest. We immediately saw the usefulness and made one for ourselves. Learn why we love this tower and see a few changes we made.
Self-absorption, negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are characteristics of teens that can drive moms and dads nutty. When parents appreciate that their kids' brains are still developing, though, and this behavior is normal, they can relax, stop worrying, and sail through the teen years.
This article examines the research on mothers with personality disorders and their impact on the development of children aged 3 to 7.
Sometimes, we need to take a step back and let our child try to figure things out on their own. The early childhood years will set the stage for your child's future, so don't let them slip by.
Why not make the conversation around the dinner table a little more animated by playing a clean game of family "Never Have I Ever"!
Being a parent to a newborn is hard enough. See how this solution helped me regain my sanity and helped my little one and me get a break from the sleepless nights.
Although a lot of media attention is given to marijuana or other illicit drug use, alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for many teens despite the long-term dangers.
Here are six rounds of Family Feud questions for kids. It's a great game for encouraging kids to build reasoning and recollection skills, imagine how others think, and have fun with each other.
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
Most people have heard of the “dive reflex,” which apparently means that babies are born able to swim. But there is more to the dive reflex than most of us assume, and some of its effects may not be what you would want for your baby. If you are thinking about teaching a young baby to swim read this article first.
The mom of an autistic son recalls the insensitive comments that magnified her grief after her son's diagnosis. 1 child in every 40 is on the spectrum so we need to be more sensitive about what we say to parents who are hurting.
Be prepared for your newborn with this list of baby essentials. Learn what you need for the baby and how you can save money buying items for your new baby.
Sometimes a stroller is needed for an older, larger child. This article reviews different stroller types for big kids, and provides examples of stroller alternatives, jogging strollers, and large umbrella strollers.
Premature infants must fight to survive in a world that they are not yet scheduled to enter for weeks or months. Their immature central nervous system easily becomes overstimulated. The Developmental Care Model seeks to minimize environmental stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and improve developmental outcomes.
How parental neglect in childhood effected me into adulthood. This article also includes research on how this type of neglect may affect others with similar experiences.
Free resources for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Free advocacy training, distance education courses, and magazines are available to families of young children diagnosed with hearing loss.
What you should know if CPS becomes involved in your family, based on my years of experience as a CPS worker.
Many children have sensory processing problems that influence behavior. Children may not like being touched, may have unusual preferences in clothing, or may have limited food choices. Understanding these issues may make it easier for parents and teachers to deal with children’s problem behaviors.
Help your baby sleep through the night as kindly and gently as possible. Use these 7 Top tips to help your baby fall into a deep and peaceful sleep...
Date night tips for parents: Learn how to plan your date and prepare your kids before you leave with this date night guide for parents.
Family dinner time is an important part of raising successful children. Here's how to make your family dinners peaceful and pleasant with good table manners.
Speech and language delays are a concern for many parents, who wonder if their child is simply a "late talker"or if there is a true language disorder present. Learn the signs of a language delay: early intervention is vital to successful treatment.