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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.

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

Babble.com | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

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.