Parenting Toddlers

When Parents Aren't on the Same Page

By Laura Carlson

Think back to the time before you became a parent: Maybe you talked with your partner about having children. Yet, your “parenting styles” may not have entered the conversation. Some clinical counselors say people get into relationships with belief systems that come from their own childhoods. When they become parents, they may end up on different pages for bringing up baby. Not sponsored content
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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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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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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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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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Eight Mistakes Parents Make with Toddlers

The toddler years can be some of the most rewarding—and challenging—years of your child’s life. There are many opinions pushing what a toddler “needs” and how to parent these tiny, spirited, curious people. The truth is, what they need is consistent love and patience as their growing minds and bodies explore the world at large. Here are eight common mistakes parents should avoid with toddlers.
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The Problems with 123 Parenting

1-2-3 Parenting is a parenting method based on the book 123 Magic by Dr. Tom Phelan. The book teaches an easy-to-follow technique for discipline that involves counting three to either get a child to stop an unwanted behavior or start a desired behavior.
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Why Routines and Structure Are Important for Kids

Jackie Kennedy once said, "The only routine with me is no routine at all."
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