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What to Do When Your Child's Behavior Goes Too Far

Pacer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Pacer

Even though parents believe that they are responsible for their child's well-being, they're often unsure of what to do when serious behavioral issues arise.

My 5-Year-Old Is Ungrateful

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

A lot of parents nowadays are all into empathizing with and validating their kids, which is awesome, but don't forget that this doesn't mean you have to stop teaching them to be nice.

An Apology To My Daughter's Teacher

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.12.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

She may not hit, but she hits with words. In a sea of happy face stickers and bright blue stars, my daughter did not earn a reward from you today.

3 Tips for Practicing Empathy With Your Kids

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

There's nothing easy about raising kids. We're all struggling and looking for new ways to build better relationships with them, help them find their way in the world, or simply deal with the tensions and tears of daily life.

How To Do An Effective Timeout

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Remember: As a parent, your job is to give your child unconditional love and support -- but also to demonstrate that when you misbehave, there are consequences for your actions.

To Grandmother's House We (Eventually) Go

Jon Carras | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Jon Carras

Two days after Christmas, my wife, Lauren, and I did something we never do: We packed up the car during the holidays and hit the road.

'Tis The Season for Kids Who Are Ungrateful, Entitled Brats

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 02.13.2015 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Let's face it -- we all feel entitled and even ungrateful at times. That's just part of being a human. It's especially part of being a small, growing person who is steadily working through a predictable series of tasks and milestones.

Dear Parent: About THAT Kid

Amy Murray | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Amy Murray

Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. You're worried that THAT child is detracting from your child's learning experience. I want to talk about THAT child, too, but there are so many things I can't tell you.

Why Can't They Just Behave? Here's Your Answer

Heather Creekmore | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

I'm all for discipline and sometimes that is the only necessary path. But I think a lot of our frustration, our cries of "why can't they just behave," aren't really about behavior at all.

How Rude! Alex J. Packer's New Teen Guide to Good Manners Is a Must-have Book!

LuxEco Living | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World "Hallelujah! Finally a book for all ages...

Watch What Really Happens When Toddlers See You Angry

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.14.2014 | Science

They may seem adorably clueless at times, but it turns out that toddlers are surprisingly savvy about the grown-ups in their lives--and a new video pr...

Time for the Straight Talk on Time Outs

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Time outs are a proven parenting tool when implemented correctly. They are one of the few disciplinary strategies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to reduce problem behaviors including non-compliance, oppositional actions and verbal and physical aggression.

The 7 Stages Of Parenting

Jason Good | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Jason Good

If these look familiar, it's because they are also the seven stages of grief.

Model Good Behavior

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

Research can be confounding when it comes to understanding what is considered best parenting practices these days. Do you praise a child's behavior or their character? Focus only on rewarding or also include punishment? Praise unconditionally or only in response to good behaviors?

To the First Lady: It's Time for 'Let's Move' to Tackle Emotional Health

Vicki Hoefle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicki Hoefle

Emotional health will never just be a school age or adolescent issue; the preparation and teaching starts as early as birth and continues throughout our whole lives. But until there is more nationwide focus on the matter, what can we do now to start fixing this?

Did My Young Child Tell Me a Lie?

Diana Grycan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Give consequences that are appropriate, and let the punishment fit the crime. Expect that your child will try to "bend the truth," but remember to give praise for behavior that is forthright.

Teenagers With Anxiety and Depression: There's Hope -- Big Hope

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

I recently began a series of classes on mindfulness and meditation to help those challenged with chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. About two we...

Reasons I'm Crying Over 'Reasons My Son Is Crying'

Andrea Bonior | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Our duties lie with our kids, not our social media audience. And yes, it can be life-saving to laugh about them sometimes -- but why not do it in a way that doesn't hurt them in the process?

The Toddler Red Tent

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

If you notice an abrupt change in your formerly peaceful child, they could be taking a turn into disequilibrium.

From Instagram to a Bedtime Plan: Brain Science Rejects Helicopter Parenting

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

What I have learned in my fleeting 11 years as a mom is that the act of letting my children map out their own paths, even when it means failure, does not come easily.

How To Set Limits For Kids Without Harshness, Fear Or Shame

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.

7 Things To Do When Your Kid Is Being Defiant

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

There is something about your child looking you straight in the eye and saying, "No, I won't do that," "I hate you" or "You can't make me" that challenges you to the core. You are so not alone.

How to Raise the Perfect Kid: Lessons From Square Watermelons

Debra Carpenter | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

I'm not putting my daughter into a square box and I'm not a farmer. I'm just using the influence I already have to help her develop into the woman I know she's capable of being.

Is It OK to Use My Smartphone As a Reward?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Relying on your digital device as a bribe, threat or diversion is not a reliable, long-term parenting strategy.

Using Evil For Good

David Vienna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
David Vienna

I may have been an actual villain in my house, but my boys were heroes. That's more important to me. I'm currently growing a mustache so I can twirl it the next time this happens.