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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.

Mindful Parenting: Looking Beyond the Behaviors

Carla Naumburg | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

It's tempting to treat annoying behaviors as problems that need to be solved. When we do that, we risk missing a chance to strengthen our connection with our children.

Melissa Cronin

WATCH: Are LEGO Characters Getting Angrier? | Melissa Cronin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

Think LEGO characters are all laid-back? Think again. A provocative new study shows that the familiar figurines look angrier than they used to. For...

Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Your Child to Cope with Anger

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

While children are growing and still learning how to cope with anger, they tend to instinctively use anger as a defense against physical and emotional pain. As the parent, there are many ways you can help your child through these emotional moments.

Do Timeouts Really Work?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 04.25.2013 | Parents

Written by Melinda Wenner Moyer for Slate So there I was last week, perusing a preschool parent handbook, when I stumbled across a curious anti-tim...

What Kids Can Learn From Disney's Sofia the First

Lee Allport | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Lee Allport

Maybe all children, not just Princes and Princesses, could learn a thing or two from Royal Prep Academy.

4 Powerful and Effective Alternatives to Punishment

Ashley Ryan | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

As parents who are learning to raise healthier and happier kids, we also need to reflect on our actions in order to clearly see the effectiveness of our own parenting approach.

7 Ways to Stop Your Child from Becoming Violent

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Seeing an image of a violent adult, it's hard to imagine the innocent baby he or she once was. Is there such thing as being born violent? Are there really "bad seeds" when it comes to human life?

The Parenting Vow I Haven't Been Able To Keep | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents

You caught me. All of our idealistic parenting philosophies have flown out the window. And the vow to never let our kids play up is one of them.

School and Self Esteem, or: Thank You for Making Those Socks!

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Authentic gratitude is enough of an acknowledgment to foster self-esteem without leading to the kind of dependency on others that "good job" seems to do.

Couple Admits Locking Granddaughter In Bathroom For Years

AP | Posted 05.17.2012 | Crime

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio couple who authorities say kept a 9-year-old girl barricaded in a bathroom for several years was sentenced Thursday to three y...

6 Ways to Get Kids to Do What You Want Them To

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 05.22.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

Here's our rule: Our son has to play quietly by himself in his room until the alarm sounds, or else he has to go back into his crib. Stunningly, improbably, against all odds, it works. Here's why.

Why Do Kids Ignore What I Say?

Dr. Louis A. Tenaglia | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Louis A. Tenaglia

Kids often ignore what adults have to say. This causes parents and teachers to be frustrated. How do kids learn to ignore what adults say? We teach them to ignore us.

Trusting Relationships Are Central to Children's Learning -- Lessons From Edward Tronick

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It now may seem more obvious that trusting relationships enhance children's learning, but it wasn't obvious not so long ago when Tronick became interested in the subject.

Is Daniel Kahneman Really the World's Greatest Living Psychologist?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Margaret Heffernan

If The Guardian and the BBC are to be believed, Daniel Kahnemann is the world's greatest living psychologist. This is quite a claim -- but is it true?

The "SpongeBob Study": Sorting Through The Science For Take-Home Messages | Posted 11.15.2011 | Parents

By now, nearly all parents have not only heard about the “SpongeBob Study,” but have formed an opinion about it. That said, I’d still like to as...

My 7-Year-Old Is Getting Kicked Off The School Bus For Misbehavior!

Posted 11.08.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, My 7-year-old is very cranky most of the time. Time outs and taking things away from her don't seem to work. She got kicked off the s...

WATCH: I Don't Like My Daughter's Friends. Now What?

Posted 10.14.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, I am not happy with my 17-year old daughter's crowd. Over the past year she has made new friends, and her grades have gone down. She is...

Tips For Getting Kids On A Sleep Schedule Before School Starts

Posted 10.11.2011 | Parents

It was many, many years ago when you were known as the "fifth Beatle" and traveling India in search of enlightenment. You met an Indian mystic who ...

The Hallucinatory Hell Of No Sleep And A New Baby

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 10.05.2011 | Parents
Ken Harbaugh

Going through survival school as a Navy pilot, I once went four days without sleep. I have been tired before, but nothing like what I experienced as a new father.

Why Is My Child So Anxious?

Posted 10.04.2011 | Parents

That's my million-dollar question: What makes a child anxious? Because really, all children experience anxiety in one form or another, right? Anxie...

WATCH: Parent Coach: How To Deal With Your Kid's Anger After Divorce

Posted 10.14.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, My husband and I recently divorced, and our three children have been having "anger" issues. I cannot afford a therapist, and I also fin...

What's Your Discipline Style? Plus: New Methods That Really Work

Posted 09.19.2011 | Parents

by Susan Stiffelman When it comes to picking a parenting ideology, it's common for parents to try different approaches, depending on their child'...