Parenting Gradeschool Kids

Childhood Grief: Help Your Kids Deal with Death

By Alicia Purdy

You can't shield your kids from the tragedies that life may bring them, even though you want to. Unfortunately, some kids experience death in their lives well before they should. Walking through a death experience matures kids faster than they deserve. » Read more

Bully-Proof Your Child

By Alicia Purdy

Bullying is one of those inevitable facts of life. As much as parents try to eliminate it, schools try to govern it, and politicians try to legislate it, bullying will not ever go away. Why? Because there will always be people in the world who will use cruelty to dominate others. Kids aren't the only ones who experience bullying. » Read more

How to Get Your Child to Listen

By Audrey Morris

As parents, we can get incredibly frustrated when our children do not listen to us. A three-year-old might continue crashing toy cars while his sister naps, an eight-year-old might not get dressed soon enough to make it to school on time, or your 13-year-old might not put the trash out. » Read more

How to Choose the Right Pet for Your Kids

By Laura Carlson

"Please mom, can I have a puppy… all my friends have them." Have you heard such pleas? It's almost like a rite of passage in childhood-it seems that nearly every kid asks for a pet sooner or later. But figuring out if your family should get a pet, and, if so, what kind of pet you should choose for your child can be challenging. » Read more

Dealing with Your Child's Separation Anxiety

By Audrey Morris

Separation anxiety is a normal part of a baby's development, and nearly all children will experience it to some degree during their toddler and pre-school years. Your baby will likely show symptoms of anxiety (crying, screaming, struggling, clinging, fear of others) when you leave him or her at daycare, with a babysitter, or even when you leave the room. » Read more

How to Deal with a Child That Lies

One of the common issues that parents experience is dealing with a child that lies. Sometimes it happens gradually over time (little white lies), sometimes suddenly out of nowhere the child is lying about everything under the sun. If you allow a child to continue a pattern of telling lies, it can become a major problem. » Read more

Childhood Stress in a Changing World

Adults are not the only ones who suffer from stress-children of today often deal with stresses that their parents never had to face when they were young. They deal with an inordinate amount of pressure from an increasing number of sources, both inside and outside of their homes. » Read more

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