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Chores: How to Involve Your Child

Chores: How to Involve Your Child

Our lives as parents are increasingly busy these days and sometimes it’s hard to find time to accomplish everything around the house. One way to balance work and play is to combine them and involve the whole family in doing household chores.

If we understand what gets in the way and what may help when it comes to doing chores, then we can have a better chance of having children be participating family members. Read more

Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Hannah breathed a sigh of relief as she watched her daughter skip happily into school. It was 5-year-old Isabelle’s first day of kindergarten, and like any parent, Hannah was worried she might have trouble with the transition. But to her surprise, her little girl ran into the classroom without looking back and quickly settled into her seat to chat with her new classmates. “That was easier than I expected,” Hannah thought. Read more

Drowning Can Happen to Anyone

Drowning Can Happen to Anyone

When I was a child, something happened to friends of our family that changed how I thought about water safety forever.

The mother took her 3-year-old daughter to the beach near their house. She sat on the sand while her daughter played nearby — and somehow, inexplicably and tragically, she fell asleep. When she woke up, her daughter had drowned.

Tragedies like these happen to other people, we often think. It doesn’t happen to us. Read more

Volunteer With Your Kids

Volunteer With Your Kids

Five-year-old Josie Barnabee, of Libertyville, Illinois, and her 3-year-old brother, Ben, have more “honorary” grandparents than they can count. Since they were babies, they’ve spent one morning a week at Winchester House, a local nursing home, where they exchange hugs, sing songs, play games, and talk with the elderly residents. “When they walk out of the elevator, the residents come to life,” says their mom, Jenny. Read more

Skin Soothers

Skin Soothers

Rosy baby cheeks are cute, but not when they come from eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin disorder that causes patches of red, itchy skin and, occasionally, blisterlike bumps. This common condition affects about 1 in 10 children, with 60 percent showing symptoms before their first birthday. Read more

ready for school

Is My Child Ready for School?

Your child has to be in full-time education from the term after he turns five. However, as schools have their main intake for the year in September, many children actually start before they turn five. So, if your child is one of these four-year-olds gearing up for school, how can you be sure he’s ready? Read on for tips and guidance.

How can I check if my child is ready for school?

No single factor determines whether your child is ready to start school. The way he speaks, thinks and gets on with other children are all important. You know your child best. You know what he can do, when he gets tired and what upsets him. Read more

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5 Ways Parents Can Teach Their Kids To Forgive

As parents, we must teach our children the realities of life. Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we let our children in on this secret, the healthier their life-approach will be. We must teach that life is not built to be fair. The relationships our children have will, for certain, be their greatest teachers of love and pain. They will never need to use forgiveness more than in their relationships. Forgiveness is many things — but we also must teach that forgiveness doesn’t always mean reconciliation. It is not about condoning harms which have been done. Forgiveness is about taking power back. Read more

Laughing Gas

New Trend in Delivery Rooms: Laughing Gas for Labor Pain

The Short of It

It’s no laughing matter; laughing gas is increasingly being offered at birthing centers for pain management during labor.

The Lowdown

You may have received laughing gas during a dental procedure, but now some women are choosing nitrous oxide over an epidural to help them get through hard contractions.

“It’s totally patient controlled. I had complete control over when I took breaths and how many breaths to take,” a patient who opted to use laughing gas at the Minnesota Birth Center in Minneapolis told WCCO news. Read more

thumb sucking

Thumb Sucking: Help your Child Break the Habit

Thumb sucking is a common habit among children. At some point, though, you might think, “Enough is enough.” Here’s help encouraging your child to stop the behavior.

Why do some children suck their thumbs?

Babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can cause them to put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths — sometimes even before birth.

Because thumb sucking is soothing to babies, some might eventually develop a habit of thumb sucking when they’re bored, tired or anxious.

Many children who suck their thumbs or fingers do so while holding a treasured object, such as a security blanket. Read more

6 Things Overprotective Parents Do Wrong

6 Things Overprotective Parents Do Wrong

From infancy to the job market, these common parenting mistakes hurt more than they help

Anyone who’s ever been to a school science fair and seen the elaborate projects that obviously weren’t conceived by a child’s brain knows that parents are more involved than ever. New research shows that some surprisingly common things parents do to help their children succeed might not be doing their kids much good. And according to a new cover story by Hanna Rosin for The Atlantic, the overprotective instincts of modern parents are destroying children’s independence, trapping them in a hyper-controlled bubble that they might never escape. (This behavior is not doing parents much good either; one study indicates that helicopter mothers are more likely to be unhappy.) Read more