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    Social and Emotional Development
    Top 10 Parenting Tips
    Top 10 Parenting Tips Show them you love them -- Fathers in particular can find it difficult to cuddle and kiss their children. However, children need physical comfort from both parents. Let the children see you cuddle each other, too. Maintain...
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    Building Self-Esteem
    A Bill of Rights for Kids
    A Bill of Rights for Kids One of the reasons children often fail to stick up for themselves is simply because they're not clear about what they are entitled to expect from other people. It is worth helping school-age children compose a personal ...
  • Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-est...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Individuality
    Let Them Be Themselves
    Let Them Be ThemselvesYour child will almost certainly be similar to you in many ways. After all, she is made up of 50 percent you. She may well have your natural love of music, your ability to spell, your gregarious nature, and your inclination...
  • Kids
    Praising Your Child
    Make Sure They Know Their Strengths
    Make Sure They Know Their StrengthsFor your children to be really confident and grounded, they need to know what they're good at. We're not talking about being arrogant; to be honest, that usually comes from insecurity rather than over-confidenc...
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    Building Self-Esteem
    10 Tools for Parenting Happy, Healthy Children
    Doing some of these things may be hard work; some of them will come naturally. Irritatingly, some of the pieces you find difficult will come naturally to your partner, but that works both ways. On the plus side, however, working on the difficult ...
  • Kids
    Building Self-Esteem
    Words to Use with Your Kids Every Day
    Words to Use with Your Kids Every Day You can use these everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children. Thank you. It's important to acknowledge your child's efforts to help you or others. You might sa...
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    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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    Encouragement
    Five Key Attributes of the Successful Child
    Five Key Attributes of the Successful Child To be successful in life you need to be happy with you as an individual. Having these attributes will take your child to that point. Self-Esteem and Self-Worth Above all else, your child needs to valu...
  • Kids
    Encouragement
    Defining the Successful Child
    Defining the Successful Child A successful child is one who uses her abilities to develop ever-increasing skills that help form the positive personal attributes that will lead her to a successful life. A child's individual abilities make her un...
  • Happy and confident tween girl
    Building Self-Esteem
    Images of Women in the Media
    Images of Women in the Media Fact One popular definition of self-esteem is self-worth. Psychologically speaking, this is a human being's self-image at an emotional level and has nothing to do with logical thinking or reasoning. Some experts defi...
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    Coping With Giftedness
    9 Challenges Facing Gifted Children (and How You Can Help!)
    Has your gifted child been struggling with some social, emotional, or academic issues lately? Giftedness comes with a surprising set of problems, ranging from perfectionism and competitiveness to friendship issues. Learn about these common challe...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids
    Intelligence
    Math and Science Do Matter for Girls
    Math and Science Do Matter for Girls Throughout the past decades, society has expected boys to excel in the "harder" classes (science and math) and girls in the "easier" ones (language and social studies). The fact is all areas of study can be ...
  • Kids
    Creativity
    The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast
    The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast Not every girl likes chasing after a ball or cycling her heart out. Many enjoy various forms of arts or crafts activities. They may be content to sit in the den and doodle, sketch, or write. Or they fashion obje...
  • Kids
    Girls and Sports
    The Athlete or Outdoor Girl
    The Athlete or Outdoor Girl If your girl has some or a lot of athletic ability, you are again fortunate because there so many opportunities for her to practice what she likes. Whether it is tae kwon do, soccer, or lacrosse, you should be glad y...
  • Kids
    Self-Image
    My Mom Always Calls Me Fat
    No one should have to hear such hurtful words from their own family. ...
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Kids
    Girls and Sports
    The Ballerina or Skater
    The Ballerina or Skater The Ballerina or Skater One of the best things you can do for your daughter is to help her discover what is deep inside her and to encourage her to grow into what she is meant to be. Remember the words of Oscar Levant: "I...