While getting your kids to eat healthy snacks may seem to be difficult, it doesn't have to be. This article includes healthy snack ideas and tips for getting your kids to eat healthy snacks.
Your preschooler is graduating and tasked to work on his or her graduation speech. Here are some tips to help Junior work on his or her first public speech while keeping it fun and genuine.
Time for the tooth fairy to visit? Add some magic with a letter from the tooth fairy. This article includes many fun ideas for what to write.
I believe that from an early age children can benefit a great deal from having a pet. If you want to know exactly what children can learn from looking after a pet you need to read this article.
Just as a garden needs attention and care, our children need to be taught the important virtues of being a beautiful human being. Once taught, they will naturally create positive ripples in the world.
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.
Positive parenting is about raising children to become responsible adults by setting firm limits and boundaries. Discover the elements and foundations of this approach, and see how it can be applied in a tantrum scenario.
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...
Teaching your kids to be responsible is an important life skill. Here are nine simple ways to help them learn it.
Kids with special needs, such as autism, need a lot of visual support. Behavior charts and calendars can be expensive. Fine free reward charts and visual cues for special-needs children and students.
Young children can get grouchy for a variety of reasons. Being bored is no fun. Beiser's new picture book is a fun read to help children find the bright side of any situation.
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.
Does your boy have endless energy at night? Here are a bunch of fun nighttime, after dinner activities a dad can do with a high "never slow down" boy (or girl).
Eating out can be a respite from having to cook (and clean up) a meal at home. Plus, it should be a fun experience! Here are some tips for eating our with your children that will help keep it a fun experience for everyone—kids, parents, and other guests alike.
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.
A list of common questions children ask about people with disabilities and ways to answer those questions including advice and tips for how to talk about disabilities with kids.
Tips and advice for taking care of young children with a broken leg, ankle, or foot. Learn how to manage around the house by yourself easier with simple suggestions from a stay-at-home mom with experience.
How to start teaching a child manners from the earliest days. It's as simple as please and thank you.
Here’s a list of 125+ acts of kindness that kids can do to make the world a better place to live in!
When a child looks at a big mess, they have a difficult time breaking it down into smaller, more achievable goals. All they see is this one, huge, insurmountable task that leaves them feeling that it's just too much. Breaking it down is a learned...
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!
We nag our children even though it's highly ineffective and even destructive. If we figure out why we're doing it, we can stop and build stronger relationships with our kids.
Parents need to teach their children how to apologize properly. Saying your sorry is more than just uttering the words, and disciplining children requires close attention and guidance by parents.
When my son was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss as a toddler, I thought ear tubes and speech therapy would be the quick fix. Four years and multiple diagnoses later, I learned the importance of being a fierce advocate for your child when your gut says something is not right.
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
It is difficult for parents to learn their child is a bully, but this does not mean there is nothing you can do to help your child. Changing bullies can change lives—his/hers and others.
My daughter, now 5, wants to wear make-up and paint her nails, just like her Mama. My question is: When is she old enough to do it herself? Should a 5 year old really have painted nails?
Parents give lip service to boosting their children's self-esteem, often thinking that over-loading them with praise is the answer. In reality, though, it takes time, effort, empathy, and being present: validating their feelings, celebrating their uniqueness, and listening, not lecturing.
When my baby's case of diarrhea became severe, we had to take him to the ER. Here's how to know whether your baby has diarrhea, how to treat it, and what to feed your baby.
There is no single right or wrong way to parent. Thus, there is often a fine line between careless parenting and responsible parenting. Understanding the difference can affect your child.
Children growing up with ADHD are sometimes socially awkward, making it more difficult to make friends. Teaching social skills to our children can make it easier for them to make friends.
This article offers practical advice to parents who want to be friends with someone even when your kids don't get along with their kids.
Brushing your teeth becomes a healthy habit when learned from the start. Encourage your child to brush their teeth with fun toothbrushes and songs.
Children's belief in mythical figures like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy make special occasions magical. But is it truly about them, or is it more about us?
Finger plays are a fun and educational way to teach young children through a multi-sensory experience. They bond caregiver and child in a legacy of learning in a nurturing way.
Looking for ideas to keep the kids busy in the car? Look no further! Here are some things we do during those long car rides with the kids.
Parents should encourage young children to pretend play. Learn the many benefits and life skills that this type of play can bring to your child's life.
Tips for parents on how to organise morning routines to get to work on time when you have young children. Tips cover how to get kids out of bed, dressed, and fed.
Considerable debate surrounds whether or not parents should give kids chores. Learn how assigning chores is foundational for a strong work ethic, good character, and success!
Preschoolers have changing psychological, emotional, and dietary needs. This can make mealtimes challenging. But it's an opportunity to encourage them to choose and enjoy healthy, nutritious food. This article explains three easy strategies to make healthy food fun and interesting to young children.
Fun and simple Thanksgiving crafts, games, and activities designed for young children—but fun for the whole family.
This article is designed for parents who need support and guidance on how to understand their anxious child.
Dealing with a serious illness with your child can be a harrowing experience. In this article, you will learn how to treat and prevent serious illnesses such as RSV, Croup, and Whooping Cough in children.
Reduce screen time and learn how to add the right amount of structure to keep your kids healthy and engaged for the best summer ever!
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
I wasn't interested in reading books for pleasure until retirement in 2007. Based on my experiences, this article explains how to stimulate a greater interest in reading books for enjoyment.
Think outside the basket when it comes to making an Easter morning treat for your special needs child.
Starting to build a communicational foundation with your childred can be difficult, but here are four ways to help you start.
Whether it's summer, winter, or spring break, extended time together leads to feuding among siblings that can drive a parent crazy! These simple tips will help you diffuse the squabbling so you can have the best family time ever!
Do kids songs, lullabies, and nursery rhyme songs drive you crazy after a while? Read this article to find fun kids music that both you and your children can enjoy.
Emotionally disturbed gifted children are often denied adequate services. This site details why twice exceptional gifted children are not identified. It also details best-practice instruction for students who have been identified as ED.
Does your kid ask you questions that would make any adult blush? Try these tactics to work through their uncomfortable questions.
Do not wait until your child is already addicted to his gadgets, and don't let gadgets replace you as your child's parent.
Researchers have discovered that over-the-top praise is not only meaningless to kids but can actually hurt them. Find ways to build your child's resilience by offering meaningful feedback.
Creative play is essential for a child's mental and physical growth. In this article, I discuss why "playing princess," a type of creative play, isn't such a bad idea for my daughter after all.
Learn how to teach your children to think outside the box from a young age to set them up for success.
Have you ever heard a woman blame an error on "Mom Brain"? Have you ever wondered what is really going on inside that brain? Continue reading to find out what it is and how it comes to be.
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.
Visual discrimination is the ability to recognize details in visual images. It allows people to identify the size, shape or form, color and position of objects and printed material.
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.
The article discusses how young children use the internet and provides strategies for keeping children safe when they are online.
Parents face the difficulty of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at some point during the early-toddler years. Learning to sleep alone can be introduced to your child with this fun story.
Parenting is hard work. If most parents could ask for anything it would be a break, but you'd be surprised how including your kids can be the best gift you give yourself. Teaching your kids valuable skills and letting them help you may just be the ticket to getting that break you so desire.
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…
Parents only get to be the primary influence in their child's life for a short period of time. Teach them some essential life skills before age 12, or it may might just be too late.
Here are reviews of 12 winter books that would make great gifts for kids. I've also included educational tips and activity ideas for each book. Recommended by a children's librarian.
If your child is a picky eater and you don’t know how to get them to eat, here are some ways to combat their resistance without nagging or losing your cool.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country and, as a former fat kid, my heart goes out to all those who suffer from it. While concerned parents want to help, they often make the problem worse. By only focusing on the weight and not the bigger picture, moms and dads miss the mark.
Find out about 10 fun and unplugged activities you can do with your children. These are inexpensive and educational adventures that will bring your family closer together.
Screen time is harmful to children because it hinders their healthy development in ways including movement, creativity and time sequencing. Learn about the downsides of screen time.
My husband and I raise our daughter in a way that is different from the way we were raised. We practice "Attachment Parenting." Enjoy the photo gallery of her early years.
Children with good manners are a delight to be around. When your child is invited to eat at someone's home, help him express kindness to the host with these four basic rules of dinner etiquette.
Lying children can be a difficult problem to handle. However, this article will make it much simpler for you to get rid of the behavior altogether.
When toddlers and elementary school children are picky about their meals, it can be very challenging. Here, I'll present some encouragement and tips for getting some nutrition into those picky eaters!
Five minutes into summer vacation and your kids are already whining about how bored they are! This is going to be a long summer, or maybe the best summer ever! Check out all these inexpensive ideas!
The first day of school can be a harrowing experience for children. Parents need to prepare their children. The first day of classes should be fun and tantrum free.
Most people would agree that children should not spend too much time in front of a screen. However, children are drawn to technology and keeping them away from screens can be difficult. If you need some ideas for what your kids can do instead, check out this article.
I had waited a year for my first opportunity to go to the daddy/daughter dance. That night my little girl stole my heart, and I learned a valuable lesson about being a father of a girl.
There are some common mistakes parents tend to make when dealing with kids that are picky eaters. Here are some things you should try to avoid.
Getting ready for your child to go to their first sleepover may seem intimidating, but it's not so hard if you follow a few tips. Make sure your child is ready and that you are as ready as you can be too.
Being a parent is already tough, but take away one parent, and add a full-time job, suddenly it's a different story entirely.
"Curious George" is a cute show geared towards kids that doesn't send the right messages to very impressionable minds.
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?
Have you ever battled with your children at bedtime? I bet you have. Find out what you can do to help.
From packing your bags to arriving safely at your destination, flying with a child is a tricky business which must be handled from start to finish with delicate precision. Here are some tips for flying with kids and making the flight easier for everyone!
Inventive ways that scrap tires are being used to make safer playground surfaces for children to play on. Different methods with photos of recycled mulch and bark instead of traditional tanbark.
It's never too soon to start teaching your kids about money. By teaching them basic financial skills now, you will help them build sound financial habits that will last a lifetime.
101 great words and phrases you can use to avoid cussing! Actually, these are arguably better, more interesting, more creative, and far more insulting than any of those cliche old four letter words.
Traditional disciplinary techniques don't always work on challenging children. Here's an alternative idea to help your kids learn skills needed to succeed in life!
Is your child biting his or her nails? Is your teenager still nail biting? Here are some tried and trusted ways to cure and stop the habit.
Learning how to discipline is one of the most important parts of raising your child. Many default to spanking, but there are many other ways to discipline that does not involve physical force.
Turn storytelling into meaningful learning experiences for your children. These parenting tips on reading can make it educational and fun.
Learning how to be organized is an important lesson for kids that will have lifelong benefits—both to themselves and to others around them. Use these tips to teach your kids to be organized, starting with their own spaces and belongings.
Are parenting styles, school policies, and government directives affecting the social development of our children?
Mothers used to scold us for sitting too close to the television, claiming that it would ruin our eyesight. They may be correct, but television might just have a bigger impact on children than that.
Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
Kids are noisy! Do you have loud children that you would like to be quiet and calm down? Read this hub for suggestions to help your child be quieter and to bring some peace to your home.
The struggle can be so hard when you know your child is going to get picked on for something you gave them, but did I want to surgically alter my child so he might fit in a little better?
The start of the school year can be especially tough for both parents and kids. For children with autism, the sudden change in routines and the demands of school life can pose a massive challenge.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
If each member of the family has household chores they are responsible for it brings everyone together as a team. Children need to feel like they are a part of something and the family is the most important team there is. Everyone wants to feel needed and necessary in their family.
No one likes the crying baby on a plane, especially the person holding them. Families sometimes travel through the air. Here are some tips to make it less painful.
It's a common belief that bribes are a bad idea, used only by desperate parents. But used correctly in the form of positive reinforcement, this parenting strategy can help children learn what's expected of them and become compliant with parental instructions.
Household chores can teach children valuable lessons: responsibility, the value of a dollar, and what it means to be a team player. By instilling these values in your child at a young age, you are helping them to succeed later on in life.
Over 90 charades ideas specifically selected for kids including movies, television shows, books, and animals, as well as some pre-game questions to make sure the game ends in smiles, not tears.
Parents who work from home face a unique challenge when they get sick, so here are my best quick tips and strategies to make the whole process a little less hellish for all involved.
Patterns are all around us and they help children to understand the natural order of every day life. Patterns build math vocabulary and concepts.
These handy workout ideas will help get or keep you in shape and are often fun for the little ones as well.
Former Homicide Detective, Jim Warner Wallace teaches children how to use the tools of a detective to analyze evidence for Christianity.
For centuries, it's been believed that there is no right or wrong way to be a parent, as long as love is behind everything you do. However, a little tough love actually can hurt indefinitely.
While the term "risky play" might sound daunting, taking a step back and biting your tongue when you want to shout "be careful!" is important for your child's gross motor development and confidence.
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." It's better to teach someone to do something themselves than to give them what they want. This same idea applies to kids when they're old enough to do things independently.
Want to throw your child an awesome party and get creative? Read more to know about some unique DIY birthday party ideas for kids.
Sometimes kids simply don't want to go to sleep—there's too much excitement in the house and they want to stay up with the adults. Sometimes kids simply want to exercise some autonomy. There are ways to get them to settle down for bed. Here are some tips and tricks to get your kids to sleep.
Do you know what to do with kids or babies if you bring them to church? Here are some tips to keep your child quiet during a church service.
Learn more about determining what age is appropriate to leave your child home alone and what factors into that determination.
Learn about the properties of water and ice in a cool way with these fun activities and science experiments.
So you've noticed that your child is playing with an imaginary friend. Should you worry? Should you take him to a psychiatrist? Read on to find out more about imaginary buddies.
Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and lots of time with the kids. From making ice cream to building forts, to going on nighttime nature walks to learning about ladybugs, it's the season to live life to its fullest and create memories to last far into the future.
Why is it that some children enjoy reading more than others? Well, here's your chance to help your child enjoy reading, but it requires your attention and immediate action.
Electronic devices and gadgets may benefit children, but they can also be harmful. If you have children or a child, understand the positive and negative impact of electronics.