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Spend Special Time with Your Child

Spend Special Time with Your Child

A big part of establishing appropriate expectations involves really knowing your child. How do you learn her? You put in quality, undiluted, alone time with her.

It's a Good Idea!

Understanding a problem is the hardest part of solving it.

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Updated: March 20, 2019

Raising Resilient Children Through Good-Enough Parenting

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As an infant, toddler, child, adolescent, and deep into our adulthood, we progressively leap to higher levels of adaptation to the world around us and our place within it. The family we have and build around us affects nutrition, physical activity, and attachment style. We are embedded within a particular society within a cultural context. All these factors contribute to our “self”-organization. One means by which the “self”-organizes is through the relationship between child and parent.

Updated: May 15, 2019

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Learning Disabilities and Your Child: An Age-by-Age Guide

Learning Disabilities and Your Child: An Age-by-Age Guide

"Although my son walked at the appropriate age and reached other milestones at the right time, I felt that something was not quite right," says Yvette Moran, parent. "His social skills were lacking around other kids. We observed him carefully for a period of time and at age two and a half he was diagnosed with a learning disability." No one knows your child like you do. Trust your instincts and observations.
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Basics for Nursing Mothers

Basics for Nursing Mothers

Although nursing is a natural instinct for both mother and baby, it is not unusual to feel clumsy at first. If you are open-minded, your baby can actually teach you how to nurse without much prior knowledge on your part. Just put the baby's little mouth near your nipple and he or she will find a way.

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by: Lindsay Hutton

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When Your Teen Is an Addict

Resources for Parents

Although helping your teen is your first priority, getting yourself help should be your second. Your teen's addiction has likely wreaked havoc on your personal and professional life. Rehab, counseling, and therapy can have a major impact on your finances, and the feelings of guilt and remorse can have implications on your marriage, family life, and friendships. Getting help will not only benefit you, it will help give you the strength to provide your teen and family the support they need. Some options include:

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Your Girl's Broken Heart

Your Girl's Broken Heart

A good reason for girls to get involved in sports, besides honing their physical talents and learning teamwork, is that they learn how to accept losses. Sooner or later, even the best female athlete or the best girls' team in the world can get defeated. Yet the season, or the competition, goes on. It is a sign of good sportsmanship to accept victory and defeat graciously. Having a relationship with a boy is not a sport, but the end of a relationship can be compared to losing an important game.

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Dealing with the Disabled

Dealing with the Disabled

Here are 10 practical tips that will help you avoid feeling socially disabled when dealing with the disabled:

Mind Your P's and Q's

Remember, everything is relative: Some disabled writers have referred to nondisabled persons in general as TABs, for “temporarily able-bodied.”

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Updated: May 6, 2021

How to Celebrate a Virtual Graduation This Year

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After more than a year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are entering the time of year for school graduations, and they continue to be less than normal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is starting to relax its guidelines, however large group gatherings are still generally not recommended, particularly if they are indoors.

Overcoming Depression after a Divorce

Overcoming Depression after a Divorce

Adding It Up

Physicians describe mental health as being able to maintain mental balance during times of emotional stress. If you lose that balance, you may need to get some help to restore it.

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Updated: November 11, 2020

Easing Up On House Rules During the Coronavirus Pandemic

4 house rules to ease up on during coronavirus

Now more than ever, you can let go of your attempts to be Mary Poppins or the perfect parent. The rollercoaster of events caused by COVID-19 has forced us to dig deep and rethink what is most important in life. But meanwhile, we are required to #stayhome with our families while also attempting some degrees of normalcy with work, homeschool, and botched social interaction.

More: The Ultimate Guide to Working From Home With Kids

Succeeding at Standardized Tests

Succeeding at Standardized Tests

Parents: Do Your Homework
Standardized testing -- two simple words that often strike fear for children, teachers, and parents alike. Many states use proficiency testing as a way to assess children and evaluate teachers. In some states, a low score on a proficiency exam is grounds for holding your child back. Whatever the policies are in your state, your job is to prepare your young learner for the testing challenge.

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Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

Starting your baby on solid foods is the beginning of lifelong eating habits that will contribute to his or her overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your child only breast milk or formula for the first four to six months of life. After that, a combination of solid foods and breast milk or formula should be given until your baby is at least a year old.

Staying at Home: It's Not All About Cooking and Cleaning

Staying at Home: It's Not All About Cooking and Cleaning

Do not be put off by the thought of staying home just because you don't like doing dishes, laundry, and other housework. The main focus when you stay home should be on caring for your family. Housework is a potential extra, but you'd be doing some even if you worked outside the home. Caring for your baby can be a lot of fun and very rewarding.

Books for Ages 2-4

Books for Ages 2-4

Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, by Jennifer Plecas
When she loses a tooth, Agapanthus discovers that she can make an angel hoot by blowing through the hole in her smile.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

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Tweens and High-Tech Entertainment

Tweens and High-Tech Entertainment

Zack was an outdoorsy, athletic boy who enjoyed everything from bicycling and skateboarding to hockey and gymnastics. He was the only kid on the block whose parents didn't own a television set or a computer, although Zack was sure that he was the only kid in the world.

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by: Cara J. Stevens

Potty Training Tips for When Your Kid Won't Go

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Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Cat

Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Cat

Positive reinforcement is the most effective and fair approach to training a kitten or cat. Some people use “pure” positive reinforcement, meaning they don't use any corrections during training. Others use positive reinforcement for desired behaviors and gentle corrections for the undesirable ones.

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Developing Good Sleep Habits

Developing Good Sleep Habits

Sleep is necessary to allow the brain and body to recover from and absorb all the day's events, allowing you to think clearer and perform better in all aspects of life. Researchers have shown that the ideal amount of sleep in order to perform the best in both sports and mental tasks is between seven and eight hours nightly. This amount might vary a little from person to person but is overall an effective guideline.

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Sniffing Glue and Other Inhalants

Sniffing Glue and Other Inhalants

Watch Out!

New paint, wallpaper, synthetic carpet, and some types of new furniture can produce harmful chemical fumes. If you are going to redecorate the nursery, try to do it several weeks before the expected birth date. As soon as the work is completed, ventilate the nursery by opening windows or using the air conditioning for a few days. Consider using environmentally friendly paints that don't emit as many fumes.

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