Young children can be taught basic rules of sharing at an early age, but around the holidays, when there’s a lot of giving and getting going on, you may need to revisit the concepts!
Busy families need to find ways to remember thankfulness. Make it a ritual to build on. When it was his turn to share what he felt thankful for one Sunday night, our then 7-year-old took our blessings candle and muttered, “Now, let me just start with my unthankfuls!” We all laughed, and the term… Read more »
Setting Limits & Consequences Sometimes a firm approach is the most loving one. I was at a birthday party recently. While the birthday boy was opening up his presents, most of the other kids excitedly sat in a circle around him. There was one child, however, who actually was opening presents with the birthday boy. I could… Read more »
Their minds are like sponges that love to soak up all they can — with fun, at the same time. “Look, Mommy! Come see what I made!” says 4-year-old Connor, running toward his mother and sliding in his socks on the hardwood floor. He’s busting to share his accomplishment — and there’s a lot of… Read more »
You think you need all the new gizmos and gadgets, but guess what? Infant development experts like Jill Stamm, author of Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (Gotham; $26) says that how YOU interact with your baby is the key to her emotional and intellectual growth. So,… Read more »
Your newborn’s cry is enough to make YOU cry, but don’t worry. You’ll soon figure out what he’s saying to you. An infant’s wail can chisel away at even the calmest of nerves, and every new mother will face the moment when she can’t seem to find the mute button on her new baby. The… Read more »
The minutiae of everyday life can make it easy for moms and dads to grow lazy in their parenting, but there are four areas you want to always have a handle on.
How blowing bubbles and razzies helps your child develop communication skills.
Easy does it on the sweet stuff as you build a healthy enjoyment of solid foods in your child.
Lots of parents complain that their kids don’t help around the house enough. The solution? Start them on chores when they’re young.