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What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

We’d all like our kids to thrive in academics, the arts, sports and citizenship. Here’s another item to add to our wish list for their success: friendship. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), those early social bonds are highly important.

“Friends help define personality and independence. Friendships teach young people how to deal with their own complex feelings and those of others,” the AAP says on its Healthy Kids website. With friends, kids also learn to trust, explore who they are and begin to build a sense of security apart from their families, according to the AAP. Read more

5 Things You Should Do When Your Kids Lie

5 Things You Should Do When Your Kids Lie

When Your Kids Lie

A couple of years ago, my daughter and two of her young friends were involved in something of a haircutting scandal during a playdate. One of the girls went home with a new and shorter do, and after multiple versions of the story and promising she was telling the truth, my daughter finally came out with the real truth. If she’d come out with real story immediately, I would’ve been upset, but after rounds of sleuthing around to uncover the real story, I was angry. Read more

11 Important Baby Cues

11 Important Baby Cues

One of the most frustrating parts of being a new parent is feeling clueless about your baby’s wants and needs. Does a soft, whimpering cry mean he’s got a wet diaper—or that he’s getting hungry? What about a loud screech? And forget about crying for a moment—what does it mean when your baby rubs her ears, or flails her arms around?

Babies communicate long before they say their first words, says Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at University of California, Davis, and author of Baby Signs. “Babies are born with the ability to express several emotions, including distress and contentment,” she says. When we read their cues and respond quickly to their needs, she adds, babies feel secure and the parent-child bond is strengthened. Of course, easier said than done—not all babies send the exact same signals, and sometimes it takes months before you feel truly in tune with your baby. Still, some general principles apply. Read on for expert advice on how to decode three major types of baby cues. Read more