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?
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!
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.
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
Does your kid ask you questions that would make any adult blush? Try these tactics to work through their uncomfortable questions.
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.
Starting to build a communicational foundation with your childred can be difficult, but here are four ways to help you start.
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.
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.
Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and lots of time with the kids. From making ice cream to going on nighttime nature walks, it's the season to live life to its fullest.
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.
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.
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!
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 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...
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!
A painful rash often mistaken for Chickenpox, learn more about this very common, contagious childhood illness, with personal examples
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.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn more about determining what age is appropriate to leave your child home alone and what factors into that determination.
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...
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.
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!
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.
As a teenager, the author gained a large amount of weight and still feels the effects from it today. Find out from her experience what parents can do to help an obese child and what may make it worse.
Kids need words of encouragement and to know they are loved. Sometimes, it's hard to find the words to say, but the gift of a love letter will stay with them their whole life.
Being a parent is already tough, but take away one parent, and add a full-time job, suddenly it's a different story entirely.
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.
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.
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
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.
“You're amazing” is what today's parents love to say to their kids. But are superlatives like this meaningful or harmful? Find out ways to make praise really count so it motivates and challenges.
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.
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.
How to start teaching a child manners from the earliest days. It's as simple as please and thank you.
Parents easily fall into the habit of nagging their children even when they know it doesn't work and makes their kids feel incompetent. The author discusses why moms and dads nag and how to stop it.
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.
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.
Overprotective parents believe that they are preparing their children to be successful in life. How WRONG they are! In fact, with their excessive mollycoddling and pampering, they are preparing their children for one thing-FAILURE! Here's why.........
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!
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…
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
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.
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.
Fairy tales can reinforce good values in the developing child. Grimms' Fairy Tales, Cecily M. Barker, and Hans Christian Andersen are included.
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.
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.
Turn storytelling into meaningful learning experiences for your children. These parenting tips on reading can make it educational and fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
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.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
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 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.
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.
Do not wait until your child is already addicted to his gadgets, and don't let gadgets replace you as your child's parent.
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.
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.
Every child has unique character traits that make him or her a special person. Parents can work with children to help them establish a good sense of themselves through every day circumstances.
Patterns are all around us and they help children to understand the natural order of every day life. Patterns build math vocabulary and concepts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents want to build a child's self-esteem but unwittingly do much to sabotage it. By validating feelings and having reasonable expectations, moms and dads can offer an environment where kids thrive.
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.
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).
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?
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.
Are parenting styles, school policies, and government directives affecting the social development of our children?