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The Bath Tub

The Bath Tub

From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many parents do not realize these everyday moments can be more impactful than they seem.

Count cookies, learn math

Count cookies, learn math

By the time a toddler has reached the preschool years, he or she is able to express preferences verbally and is for the most part able to follow verbal rules and consider other points of view. Scientists who study conscious control often refer to it as “executive function.”

Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Placing infants in carrying devices such as car seats, baby slings/swings, bouncers, and strollers for naps may put them at risk of death or injury, warns the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants up to one year old.

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  Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Teach your children that it’s ok not to share. I know you’ve spent so much time badgering them to be generous. But children don’t learn to be generous when we force them to share. They learn to hang on tightly to whatever toy crosses their path, because it may get wrenched away soon.

New ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

New ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Many parents of more than one child say that sibling fighting is the most frustrating part of parenting. No matter what they do, their kids fight—over toys or turns, or just because the child had a hard day and their brother or sister is the easiest person to take it out on. Spending one-on-one time with each child is still one of the most effective ways to reduce sibling rivalry.

Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

I am learning to practice gratitude as an adult. But what would it be like if we could introduce the concept of gratitude to our children when they are young? If gratitude just became a part of their vocabulary, a daily habit like brushing their teeth or eating dinner? If they can experience the magic of gratitude early, perhaps the practice wouldn’t feel so challenging or foreign to them.

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Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Teenagers, parents, educators and clinicians have a new tool to help adolescents make more informed decisions about their sexual behavior. “Seventeen Days,” a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, became available at no cost on iPhone, iPad and Android devices beginning June 4.

Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

As the headmaster of a boys’ high school, I’m frequently asked by parents for advice on raising their sons. By far, the most common questions have to do with communication: Why won’t he talk to me? Why does it feel like he’s always pushing me away? The short answer is that you happen to be the parent of a typical teenage boy who’s exploring ways to exercise independence from Mom and Dad.

How parents are negatively impacting  their kids’ future before college

How parents are negatively impacting their kids’ future before college

Expert says parents can save time and money by making sure they ask their future college students the right questions, avoid common mistakes like making the wrong decision about what to study or where to go to school which can have costly and time-consuming consequences. Switching majors or schools or even going back to school after you start working can all jack up the cost of obtaining a higher education and subsequent student loan debt.

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Early intervention for your child and family

Early intervention for your child and family

Sometimes, children are born with a condition or special need that impacts their development. Other times, a developmental delay becomes apparent over time, and is noticed by you or your doctor. Early intervention is a support system for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

It seemed somewhat arbitrary to Billy’s parents to have a diagnosis—and one that fit so well—taken away from him. The change itself, however, wasn’t arbitrary at all, for it reflected new research and ongoing psychiatric practice. The DSM is sometimes referred to as a “living document,” meaning it changes as we learn more about various mental health issues.

Healthy teeth and special needs children: What parents need to know

Healthy teeth and special needs children: What parents need to know

So, what do parents and caregivers need to know in order to ensure healthy little teeth and overall well being for children with special needs?

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