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Nap Time for Toddlers

Nap Time for Toddlers

In the months after your baby's first birthday, he will probably still take two naps a day to meet all of his sleep needs. During these months, he will clearly reach his limit after a stretch of four to five hours of wakefulness. If he stays up longer than this, your child will become whiny, belligerent, and generally miserable. So if your toddler wakes at six, you'll probably need to put him down for his morning nap between ten and eleven.

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Avoiding Moody Mornings

Avoiding Moody Mornings

In some families, the kids are up at the crack of dawn, everybody has a leisurely breakfast together, and, right on time, they cheerily march out the door to work and to school. In far more families, days begin with the jangle of alarm clocks, clattering dishes, shouts (“Isabel, out of bed now!” and “If you aren't at the table by the count of three, young man!”), fights over the bathroom (“Mo-om!

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Girl teen playing soccer

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Tips for Parents
"You don't win silver. You lose gold." That's the sour message of a sneaker advertisement that aired on TV during the Atlanta Olympics.

Such omnipresent multimedia messages combined with a "winning is everything" philosophy embraced by increasing numbers of parents and coaches - makes it harder than ever for adults to teach kids that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that's important.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Working From Home With Kids

the ultimate guide to working at home with kids

As parents, we are in unprecedented times right now as we tackle both working from home and guiding our children through their remote learning journeys. Not to mention that we are doing this in a time of crisis as we face the COVID-19 global pandemic. If you’re not used to working from home, that alone would be stressful during normal times. If you’ve never homeschooled, this alone would be challenging.

Building Muscles for Writing

Building Muscles for Writing

Your little one can use her hands and fingers to play with toys and to do many things for herself. This helps her develop the muscles and coordination needed to begin writing. Here's how.

Give them homemade toys to play with.

Make a simple puzzle for your toddler by gluing a picture to cardboard and cutting it into five or six pieces. Provide dress-up clothes with buttons and zippers. Offer scrap paper to be torn.

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Pre-K

Pre-K

Healthy Eating: Hunger vs Cravings

Healthy Eating: Hunger vs Cravings

The question is, is it a craving, or am I really hungry? We first need to understand the difference between a physical food craving—or actual hunger—and an emotional food craving. Cravings can be caused by either physical or psychological needs. Emotional cravings or eating triggers are usually caused by psychological needs, while hunger is a biological function of the body's real need for food. Emotional cravings can lead to bingeing. Learn to listen to your body and know what it is trying to tell you.

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Feeding Your One-Year-Old

Feeding Your One-Year-Old

Feeding an older baby can be challenging. The following tips help make the job easier.

  • Your baby loves to learn new tricks and show off. If you make her the same food you are eating, you will probably see a new side of your baby.

  • Babies begin to use a cup around one year of age. Some can hold it themselves, and some just need a little help. Either way, once you show them how, they will probably want to do it themselves.

Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

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Excessive behavior that is socially destructive and characterized by fighting, stealing, arson, truancy, and leaving home is called a conduct disorder.

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Updated: April 2, 2020

Celebrating Your Child's Birthday While Social Distancing

make your child's birthday fun during social distancing

Much of the world has been thrown into lockdowns, told to shelter in place, and instructed to practice social distancing. Even though all of this is out of our control and was totally unpredicted, this is still a disappointing time for a child with a birthday. Of course parties can always be postponed or rescheduled, but if your little one’s birthday falls during this time it is still important to acknowledge and celebrate it.

Updated: June 30, 2022

My Son Doesn't Want to Go to College: What Can I Do?

No College No Problem

To hear a lot of people talk, a high school graduate has two options: university or a life of poverty and uncertainty. Unfortunately, not every teenager wants to go to college.

Fortunately, there are more options after high school than pursuing a college degree. And many of those options can lead to secure, well-paying employment, even without that four-year degree.

Here are a few.

Updated: September 30, 2020

10 Nostalgic Movies to Watch With Your Kids

10 movies from your childhood that you can watch with your kids

Now that we’re going to be home for a while, trying to find new things for your kids to watch can be a challenge. We all know kids love watching the same things over and over as it is. But sometimes we can convince them to watch something else. And when you can, why not introduce them to a movie from your own childhood?

More: 40 Educational Shows for Kids You Can Stream Now

Updated: August 2, 2022

The Monkeypox Outbreak: How to Prevent Infection

Monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox is a rare disease that has been suddenly popping up across the globe. The surge in confirmed and suspected cases is quite concerning, and WHO have now declared the monkeypox outbreak as a global health emergency. What you may not realize is that in decades past, anyone who received a smallpox vaccine was also protected from this virus due to their close relation.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is a pretty tricky business for most new moms. How do you get that small squirming creature to behave? Plus, you can't "see" what's going in. I found reassurance in taking constant notes: what time my son ate, for how long, from which side, and how many wet diapers he had.

Looking for reassurances? Dr. Hank Bernstein, a top pediatrician at Boston's Children's Hospital, answers basic questions about breastfeeding below.

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The "Just Say No" Fallacy

The "Just Say No" Fallacy

If your tween is like most, he swears he won't smoke, drink, take drugs, or have sex until he's married. He has learned that these things are very bad and can easily recite what happens to people who indulge in these evils: They end up addicted, with a baby, or dead. Before you relax too much, though, keep in mind that in a few years he will outgrow his black-and-white mentality.

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Adoption: Meeting a Birthmother

Adoption: Meeting a Birthmother

Some agencies or attorneys (or other adoption arrangers) think it's a good idea for a woman to meet the people who want to adopt her child. Some arrangers recommend a meeting on a first-name basis, whereas others favor full disclosure of both first and last names.

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Tips on Dating After Your Divorce

Dating After Divorce

As you are reentering the dating life you need to take an inventory of yourself. Look objectively at the lessons you have needed to learn about yourself and about love. We all have to learn these seven lessons on our path to self-realization:

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Write On!

Write On!

begin writing 85Reading and writing support each other. The more your child does of each, the better she will be at both.

The first activities in the list below work well with younger children. As your child grows older, the later activities let her do more. But keep doing the first ones as long as she enjoys them.

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