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 not looking at the bigger picture but only focusing on the weight, moms and dads miss the mark.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Parents want to build a child's self-esteem but unwittingly do so much to sabotage it. By validating their feelings, celebrating their uniqueness, having reasonable expectations, and letting kids be kids, moms and dads can offer an environment where confidence is promoted and youngsters thrive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brushing your teeth becomes a healthy habit when learned from the start. Encourage your child to brush their teeth with fun toothbrushes and songs.
This article is designed for parents who need support and guidance on how to understand their anxious child.
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.
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).
Learn about the properties of water and ice in a cool way with these fun activities and science experiments.
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.
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.
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
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.
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.
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
Your child has head lice and you can't seem to get rid of it. What do you do? Just live with the little buggers? Here's my tried-and-true tips on how to get rid of head lice once and for all!
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.
“You're amazing” is what parents today say for every achievement (big or small) their child has. But, parenting experts say such over-the-top praise is not only meaningless to kids but can actually hurt them. It makes them less confident, less resilient, and less likely to take on challenges.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Turn storytelling into meaningful learning experiences for your children. These parenting tips on reading can make it educational and fun.
These handy workout ideas will help get or keep you in shape and are often fun for the little ones as well.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
How to start teaching a child manners from the earliest days. It's as simple as please and thank you.
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.
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.
Parents easily fall into the habit of nagging their children even when they know it doesn't work. But, what moms and dads might not realize are the harmful consequences of nagging: forcing their children to tune them out, making them feel manipulated, and leaving them thinking they're incompetent.
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.
Learn how to teach your children to think outside the box from a young age to set them up for success.
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.
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.
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.
Does your kid ask you questions that would make any adult blush? Try these tactics to work through their uncomfortable questions.
Are parenting styles, school policies, and government directives affecting the social development of our children?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun and simple Thanksgiving crafts, games, and activities designed for young children—but fun for the whole family.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Think outside the basket when it comes to making an Easter morning treat for your special needs child.
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.
Being a parent is already tough, but take away one parent, and add a full-time job, suddenly it's a different story entirely.
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.
Do not wait until your child is already addicted to his gadgets, and don't let gadgets replace you as your child's parent.
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.
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.
Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
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.
Starting to build a communicational foundation with your childred can be difficult, but here are four ways to help you start.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.