One-Minute Parent

Easy Does It Potty Training

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Hurry up and slow down already. Your child’s potty training is up to him! You’re just there to help him along. Dr. Miriam Stoppard, a leading child-care expert and author of Teach Your Child (DK; $15.95) says toddlers have to be ready both physiologically and emotionally for potty training and that you are there to simply help… Read more »

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Safe Co-Sleeping with Baby

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Up to 42 percent of parents sleep with their infants at least part of the time, according to Attachment Parenting International. Advances in research have shown that close proximity to parents during sleep is a protective factor against SIDS as well as valuable bonding time. Whether you’re for or against the idea of the Family… Read more »

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Detecting Anxiety in Kids

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Got a worry wart? You’re not alone. Plenty of kids fret about things large and small — just like adults can. It’s hard on you, tho, when you’re not able to comfort your child. Worse, if your child has some kind of anxiety disorder. Too much anxiety can interfere with healthy development. Learn how to… Read more »

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Floaties = False Security

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Lots of parents insist that their toddlers wear “floaties” while swimming so they’ll feel safe in the water, but plenty of swimming experts say kids need to get past the floatie stage, since “water wings” keep kids in a vertical (straight up and down) position in the water, the opposite position that’s actually needed for… Read more »

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Safe Online … Or Not?

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It can happen to any child old enough to be alone online by himself. The Internet is loaded with easy-to-access pornography and other mature content, so you need to have parental controls in place lest he stumble onto something that can harm him, or at least be prepared to have a frank conversation if it… Read more »

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