Parenting Preschoolers

The Top 7 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids - and Why

By Laura Carlson

Oh, the joy of telling harmless “white lies” to your children. These delightful near-truths range from those that carry on the bliss of holiday traditions to others that happily curb bad behavior. Most parents contend that it's not lying, per say; rather, they are putting off (or bending) the truth until their kids are ready to handle it. And according to psychologist Dr. Not sponsored content
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5 Things Only Moms of Picky Eaters Will Understand

By Alicia Purdy

Your picky eater is all yours, so you love him, of course, but do you ever have those days where you think about how much easier life would be with a kid who just loved to try new foods? Not sponsored content
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Is Your Child a Natural-Born Liar?

By Jennifer Klam

Have you recently caught your little one lying for the first time? Or maybe it’s become a thing now, where your child seems to lying on the regular. You may be starting to wonder if your child is a natural-born liar. Not sponsored content
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The 7 Best Code-Talking Methods Parents Use

By Alicia Purdy

Children are little sponges—after a while, they pick up on everything. From your actions to your words, at some point they begin to apply meaning to them. This is when most parents feel the need to get crafty and create code words that are designed to throw tiny listening ears off the trail of what's really going on. Not sponsored content
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New Year's Resolutions for Better Parenting

By Laura Carlson

Want to gain new skills for the New Year? Why not put “better parenting skills” at the top of your resolution list? It turns out that the way parents interact with their kids has a strong impact on how they develop. This relationship can affect certain actions, cognitive functions, and social skills. Not sponsored content
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The Problems with Permissive Parenting

Hands-off parenting, or permissive parenting, is when parents do not prefer to enforce any rules or authority over children. Not sponsored content
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Why Praise is Important for Children

How much praise we give to children is a growing debate in the United States. There are some who say too much praise will give kids a false sense of reality, an inflated ego, or a pride complex. In places like China, praise is so rare it is a cultural taboo. However, withholding praise to children can also be emotionally damaging. Not sponsored content
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Ideas for Family Rules

Looking to implement guidelines for your home and not sure where to start? Every family should have at least basic rules to abide by. Household rules let everyone know what their behavior expectations are. Generally, rules include issues of safety, respect, healthy boundaries and limits. When rules are fair, consistent and balanced, they allow children and teens to have more freedom. Not sponsored content
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The Problems with Strict Parenting

Having well-behaved children is desirable to many parents, but with how unpredictable childhood is, how does it happen? Many different strategies and methods of childrearing have existed throughout the centuries. Certain trends in parenting styles have dominated various generations. Not sponsored content
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Cheaters and Spoiled Sports: Teaching Your Kids to Play Fair and Have Fun

If it’s true that “nobody likes a spoiled sport,” then why are there often so many to be found? Spiteful sportsmanship is a common bleacher-side spectacle at many children sporting events. And it’s happening in both kids and adults, as depicted in popular comedy films such as Will Ferrell’s “Kicking and Screaming,” a movie portraying flying tempers over kids soccer teams. Not sponsored content
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