Parenting

Praise: Encouraging Positive Behaviors

When most parents think of discipline, they think of punishment. But good discipline is really guidance, and that often involves using praise.

Children learn what they are like from other peop...

Adjusting to Childcare

Ages 2-4

Adjusting to Child Care

What you can do to make the adjustment go a little smoother. 

Placing your child in child care can be a difficult adjustment for you and for your child.

You will probably be concerned about leaving your child. That is natural. Yo...

Baby Sleep: What You Should Know About Infant Sleep Patterns

Baby Sleep 

What you should know about infant sleep patterns

When it comes to sleeping, each baby is different.

It’s common for babies to sleep about 15 or 16 hours a day. But some sleep as few as 12 hours and others sleep as long at 19 hours a day.

Usually, t...

Handling Stress of Parenting

All Ages

Handling Stress

Don't let stress get the best of you

Few jobs are as stressful as parenting.

Stress is built into family life. The demands of parenting, jobs, and your personal needs are often at odds. Change, whi...

Grief: Helping Your Child Cope with Death

Ages 2-6

Grief:  Helping your child cope with death 

It is normal for children to feel grief when someone close to them dies. It is also normal for young children to think the person is really still alive, especially during the first several weeks follo...

Rules and Limits

Ages 2-4

Rules and Limits

"Laying down the law" with your children

Rules and limits for children are important. But sometimes it is hard for children of any age to know what the rules are.

Children, in general, thrive in an orderly world...

Separation Anxiety: When Your Child Does Not Want To Leave You

Birth- 2 Years

Separation Anxiety

When your child doesn't want you to leave you

Separation anxiety is the fear that anyone, young or old, can have when they are separated from something familiar. With children, this usually means being afraid to...

Spanking: Why Your Should Try Other Ways To Discipline Your Child

Ages 2-4

Spanking

Why you should try other ways to discipline your child

Were you spanked when you were a child? Many of today’s parents would answer, “yes.”

Spanking is very common way that parents try to discourage unacc...

Television and Screen Time: How to Encourage Good Viewing Habits

Ages 2-4

Television

How to encourage good viewing habits

Television and other Social Media is a powerful influence on a child. Young children tend to believe what they see. They cannot always tell what is real and what is make believe....

Time Out: An Alternative Discipline

Ages 2-4

Time Out

 A way to discipline without spanking

All children need rules, limits, and education about what is right or expected. The way you discipline your child is important.

Discipline has three parts:

Setting up a pos...

Toilet Training: Helping Your Child Move Out of Diapers

Ages 2-4

Toilet Training

Helping your child move out of diapers

Don’t expect toilet training to be a snap. There is more to it than sitting your child on the toilet and expecting him or her “to go.”

Most children don’t learn to u...

TV & Movie Violence

Ages 2-6

TV & Movie Violence

Why watching it is harmful to children

Watching violence in movies and on television is potentially harmful to your child.

As early as the 1960s, studies reported that watching violence can make children ...

What to Do About Hitting, Biting, and Other Aggressive Behavior

Ages 2-4

 

What to do about hitting, biting & other aggressive behavior

 

It is not uncommon for young children to sometimes bite, hit, and scratch. Children who have not yet learned other ways to express their emotions may...

Anger: Helping Children Deal with the Anger They Feel

Ages 2-4

Anger

Helping children deal with the anger they feel

Young children get angry. They may get red-faced, scream, cry, stomp, hit, kick, and even break things when they do. 

Everyone gets angry once in awhile. It’s a n...

Bedtime Struggles

Ages 2-4

Bedtime Struggles 

What to do when your child has trouble going to bed

Most young children have times when they don’t want to go to bed or don’t want to stay in bed.

There are many reasons why. Sometimes it’s hard for chi...

Children's Fears

Ages 4-6

Children's Fears 

How you can help

A dark room, a monster in the closet, flushing water. The world can be a scary place for a child. 

Children are fearful of many things. 

Two-year-olds are often afraid of the toilet, especial...

Crying and How You Can Cope

Birth -2 Years

Crying and How You Can Cope

Crying can be upsetting to a parent. But there are some things you can do to help yourself cope. 

When Your Child is Lying

Ages 4-6

When Your Child is Lying: 

What to do when you hear, 

'I didn't do it,' 

and you know your child did

“I didn’t do it.”

Your child has probably told you that more than once. It may be the truth. But...

Minor Misbehavior

Ages 2-4

Minor Misbehavior 

What to do about it 

Children misbehave in many ways. Sometimes the problem behavior is serious, such as hitting. Sometimes the behavior may only be annoying to others. Either way, children need to be taught the proper way to behave.

D...

Nightmares in Young Children

Ages 4-6

Nightmares

What to do about those scary dreams

Nightmares can be very real to a child. And almost all children have them.

Children usually begin having nightmares around age 3. But they have most of their nightmares between the ages of 4...

Rough Play

Ages 4-6

Rough Play

What to do when play gets out of control

Children, especially those of preschool age, are very active. Sometimes their play can get rough.

Rough play might include pretending to fight and to wrestle. Although this type of play...

Sharing

Ages 2-4

Sharing

Teaching your child that everthing is not "mine"

Sharing is hard for a lot of young children.

Most very young children consider everything “mine.” They don’t understand what it means to share something. They think ...

Sibling Fights

Ages 2-4

Sibling Fights

What to do if your children fight with each other

Brothers and sisters fight with each other. It’s pretty much a fact of life. Nearly one out of three parents says their children fight often.

There are several reasons fo...

Telling the Truth

Ages 4-6

Telling the Truth

What to do when your child doesn't

Most children learn very early that doing something like breaking a lamp will make you angry and might get them punished.

“I didn’t do it” is something children may say when that...

Toilet Accidents

Ages 2-4

Toilet Accidents

How you can help

As the old saying goes, accidents can happen. And toilet accidents are common among children, even after they have learned to use the toilet.

These accidents don’t happen because a child is “bad” o...

Parenting Minor Misbehavior

Children misbehave in many ways. Sometimes the problem behavior is serious, such as hitting. Sometimes the behavior may only be annoying to others. Either way, children need to be taught the proper way to behave.

Discipline means education. There are several ways to discipline. For seriou...