Parenting Gradeschool Kids

Guidelines for Keeping Children Safe at Every Stage

As parents, we have many responsibilities and worries-and child safety falls into both categories. While we are entirely responsible about keeping our crawling babies safe from electrical outlets, we must also remember to teach our tweens and teens about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and other challenges they face. » Read more

Social Challenges in Grade School: How You Can Help

By JustMommies

The elementary school years are crucial to a child’s social development—it’s when he or she finds a “best friend,” learns to play well with other kids, and is exposed to other cultures or religions. » Read more

Do Electronics Prevent Your Child from Learning Real Social Skills?

When summer vacation rolls around, many kids start spending more free time playing electronic games, posting on social networks and texting (not to mention watching more TV). More than half are connecting to electronics instead of linking with friends—in person. » Read more

How to Teach Your Kids to be Safe from Predators

Many generations of parents have told their kids not to talk to strangers. But awareness of “stranger danger” is not enough. Experts say that “authority figures” account for 50 percent of child molestation cases today and the offenders are often known to the child. » Read more

Love and Logic: A Low-Stress Approach to Parenting

Bringing up kids to become well-adjusted, highly effective people—and having fun while doing it—can be challenging, but also can take a low-stress approach. This approach requires using, and teaching, the right balance of love and good judgment. » Read more

Monitoring Your Child’s Use of Electronic Media

Electronic media seems to be everywhere, and many kids these days are savvy users of media devices ranging from cell phones to iPads to laptop computers. Some kids may seem to be overly tuned in to electronic media and parents worry about the effects. How can you keep tabs on your child’s use of electronic communications? » Read more

6 Alternatives to Spanking

When you’re out running errands with your children, do you find yourself at your wit’s end if they start begging for every toy or candy within reach? You’ve said “no” a dozen times, yet the pleading gets worse—until a full meltdown occurs. » Read more

How Can Overuse of Technology Affect Your Child

As adolescents and teens finish up their long winter’s break, many will have spent hours dipping into a smorgasbord of technology. More than 63 percent of adolescents go online daily, according to the site WebWiseKids. About 73 percent are on a social network, and 27 percent use their phones to get online. » Read more

10 Warning Signs that Your Child is Being Bullied

According to the latest statistics released (2010), about 15 percent of all children are bullied at some point in their K-12 school years. More than half of students report that they've seen bullying take place at their school, and about 10 percent of students either drop out or switch schools at some point because they're being bullied. » Read more

My Kids are Out of Control: 8 Steps to Changing Your Kids' Behavior

Having well behaved children is a desire for almost every parent. We may not want our children to be perfect little “Stepford” children, but nobody wants to be the parent of a defiant, rebellious, out of control child. If your child has turned into a mouthy kid who doesn’t listen to you, you may think it’s too late to get him under control, but here are 8 steps to changing your kids’ behavior.