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A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

Determining whether your child is ready to transition from a forward-facing car seat to a big-kid booster seat involves more than simply looking at the child’s age, height and weight. Allana Pinkerton, child passenger safety advocate for car seat manufacturer Diono, says parents often don’t consider a key question: Is the child mature enough to sit in a booster? Read more

“Handy” Tips to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

“Handy” Tips to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

Your Child’s Handwriting

If you’ve seen the infamous note on your child’s school papers from their teacher (“Please write neater!”), it’s time to take action! What you may not realize is that your child is struggling with handwriting because they lack strength in their hands, which is directly impacting their fine motor coordination. Read on to gain some “handy” handwriting tips that you can start trying at home today to improve your child’s writing and that will eliminate notes from teachers on classwork! Read more

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

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles. Read more

How to Raise a Super Polite Tot

How to Raise a Super Polite Tot

I often wonder what Emily Post would have to say about kids today. OK, maybe often is a bit of an exaggeration. But when I see a child call their mom by her first name or demand something from their dad, I roll my eyes and mutter, “Kids these days.” What happened to the days of pleases and thank yous? If you ask Faye de Muyshondt, founder and author of Socialsklz For Success ($11, originally $16), she will tell you that the times have changed. Read more
5 Easy Ways to Introduce Your Child to a Second Language

5 Easy Ways to Introduce Your Child to a Second Language

In today’s globalized society, bilingualism has perhaps more benefits than ever before. Studies show that learning a second language as a child can be sincerely easier, and that those who are bilingual may have better cognitive skills, in addition to other various benefits. If you plan to teach your child a second language, here are a few fun and simple ways to start the introduction and reinforce new skills.

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