For Parents

Does Cold Weather Cause Illness In Children?

When the air outside starts to get crisper, the temperature drops and you feel the urge to reach for a sweater, do you automatically start to worry about catching cold? Now that you have a child, do you warn him or her that they could get sick if they spend too much time exposed to [...]

My Little Copy Cat

It’s amazing to me how naturally and easily my children mimic me!   If you’ve ever watched a child attempt to blow bubbles for the first time, you know exactly what I mean. Babies love bubbles, and they love popping them, but what they seem to love the most is blowing the bubbles themselves. They don’t [...]

Cuddle or Correct? What’s Right?

Now that I’m, “Papa” to grandkids, my kids—their parents—think I’ve absolutely gone soft! There may be some truth to that. Getting kids out of diapers and out of college and into life is pretty tiring but I’m convinced that, having raised three kids, I’m better at figuring out what’s worth getting upset over and what’s [...]

Toddlerzilla: Help! Strong Willed Isn’t Even Close!

Sometimes, despite our best efforts as parents, our children will behave badly. They might throw temper tantrums. They might act out against those around them. They might resist authority to the extent that you’ll wonder if “No!” is their favorite word. It can be frustrating. It can be humiliating. And yes, occasionally, it can even [...]

Potty Training 101

Congratulations! Your child is about to enter a milestone time of development in his or her young life: the age of potty training. And congratulations to you too! You’ve made it through the years of dirty diapers, excessive laundry and lugging the diaper bag throughout town. Soon you will begin that carefree period of potty [...]

Tummy Time

When you lay your baby down to sleep, you’re careful to put him or her on her back for safety reasons, but that doesn’t mean that your son or daughter should spend all of their time face up. Tummy time is actually an integral part of mental and physical development for your baby. In addition, [...]

Jaws 3: Understanding and Dealing With Toddler Biting

You give your child ample calcium so he or she can build strong teeth. If only your child didn’t use them against you… and the kid down the street… and Uncle Harry! Today we’re discussing biting: who does it, what it means, and how to stop it. First, if your toddler bites, know that you’re [...]

I’M NOT HAPPY!!!!! Managing temper tantrums & Melt-downs.

There are few things that pack more fury than a child’s temper tantrum. Screaming, crying, kicking, hitting, biting, holding their breath—kids pull out all the stops when they’re trying to express their frustration, anger, jealousy or sadness. When it occurs at home, it’s a hassle. When it occurs in public, it’s a downright nightmare. Here [...]

How To Add To Your Child’s Bank Account

Caught your eye, with that title, didn’t I? Well, I’m not talking about money, but something just as valuable—your child’s language bank.  From the moment of birth, and at an accelerated rate for the first 6 years, the brain is developing learning capacity.  Brain development, or learning, is actually the process of creating, strengthening, and [...]

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: What to Do When It’s YOUR Child.

Some children lie to stay out of trouble, some to express creativity. Some out of boredom, some to see what happens next. Some out of anger, and some don’t even realize they’re lying at all. As a parent, how do you know when to ignore a lie and when to address it head on? And should [...]

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