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Toddlers Saying "No"

Toddlers Saying "No"

It's a Good Idea!

Think about how hard it would be to live in a house set up for giants-chairs, tables, and sinks too tall, drawers too heavy, stairs too steep. Making your house more child-friendly will enable your little one to become more independent, more resourceful, and less frustrated.

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Updated: February 14, 2022

A Parent's Guide to Choosing Age-Appropriate Baby Toys

Age Appropriate Toys

When choosing toys for a child, it's important to consider not only their age, but also their stage of development. Different stages mean different skills, and that, in turn means different ways of interacting with, and enjoying a toy.

Whew! That sounds complicated! But you don't need a degree in child development to crack the code. You just need to understand the basics.

And that's why we're here.

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Updated: July 7, 2021

Top 12 New Outdoor Toys for Summer

Top 12 New Outdoor Toys for Summer

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by: Katy Abel

How Kids Get Guns, Part I

How Kids Get Guns, Part I

"I Don't Know"

On Monday Dec. 6, 1999, a 7th grader at a middle school in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma walked up to a group of classmates waiting for the morning bell and allegedly opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, wounding four classmates. When asked by a sheriff's deputy why he did it, the unidentified 13 year-old reportedly answered, "I don't know."

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Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Your puppy wants to please you. If he learns that learning is fun, he'll learn quickly and you'll enjoy each other more. Your goal in the beginning should be to forge a bond of trust, mutual respect, and understanding with your puppy. That bond will see you both through your dog's adolescence (something like the “terrible twos” that children go through) and beyond.

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"But Mom, All My Friends Have One!"

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"But Mom, All My Friends Have One!"

While kids and teens are under tremendous pressure to acquire all those tempting toys and gadgets available, parents are under equally tremendous pressure to buy for them. Studies show that kids are typically exposed to 360,000 ads by the time they graduate from high school.

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Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Now that he can better communicate his eating preferences, your child may hassle you more than ever about eating. Children who regularly refuse food at mealtimes or demand diversions such as television and toys in order to eat are prone to what I have come to call food fits: They use food to gain attention and to manipulate their parents and caregivers. When adults chronically cave in to crying, screaming children, they perpetuate this behavior. Children crave attention of any type.

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Updated: April 20, 2022

Halloween Safety Hazards

Halloween Safety Hazards

Safety Savvy

Just as you wouldn't give your child a battery-run toy without providing batteries, you shouldn't give him recreation equipment such as a bicycle or in-line skates without the proper safety equipment. Wrap up a helmet, knee pads, or whatever is called for as a separate present. It could be the most valuable gift you give him.

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by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book

Best Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Best Toys for Babies and Toddlers


If your child is less than one year old, she probably has not yet amassed a big collection of toys. After a few birthdays and holiday celebrations, however, she will likely have more toys than you ever dreamed possible! It's a good idea to think ahead about the kinds of toys you want to invest in. There are a lot of toys out there, and more are coming out all the time. Some are worth the money they cost, while others definitely aren't.

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Dining Out with Youngsters

Strategies for successful dining

Dining Out with Youngsters

When our two oldest were very young, we would dine out nearly every Saturday night. I found Hayley, two, and Hannah, one, fairly easy to handle in restaurants, perhaps because we had begun taking them out as newborns. As long as we met their needs first, the girls were near-perfect dinner companions (and still are). Taking them along meant Tom and I got a chance to try out some local, moderately priced restaurants without paying a babysitter.
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The Responsibilities of the Noncustodial Parent

The Responsibilities of the Noncustodial Parent

You Can Do It!

Spending quality time with your children is the greatest gift you can give them. Communicating in a genuine way—really listening to them—will not only solidify your relationship, but it will also help them—and you!—get through this tough time.

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Updated: May 23, 2022

The 25 Best Sensory Toys for Kids With Special Needs

25 best sensory toys for special needs children

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Money Concerns and the Ex

Money Concerns and the Ex

When it comes to money, watch those emotions fly like hard-hit tennis balls between you and your partner, between your partner and your partner's ex, and between you and your partner's ex. (If you're a combined family, you may also face problems between you and your Ex too!) All the experts suggest trying to separate financial and emotional problems between the exes so that they can be dealt with individually.

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Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

Jumping, mouthing, biting, chewing, pulling

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems.

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Five Steps to Parent Problem-Solving

Identify the problem

Five Steps to Parent Problem-Solving

When children learn problem-solving skills, they are more self-confident. They have fewer behavior problems and get along better with other people. This enables them to do better in school and in relationships with friends and authority figures.

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Collecting for Fun and Profit

Why collect?

Collecting for Fun and Profit

Collecting has been around forever. People like to save things. The wealthy have been collecting antique paintings, porcelains, and furniture for generations. Today, however, collecting isn't limited to the rich. It seems that everyone—young and old, rich and poor—is getting into the act.

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