Parenting

Features, tips, information and inspiration for families.

Help Kids Make Friends

Making friends is a vital skill that we use throughout our entire lives—and it’s a skill that comes easier to some than others. If making friends is challenging for your child, don’t fret.

Kids Need to Play

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play time is crucial to a child’s development and contributes to their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Unfortunately, most kids are missing out on valuable play time, which may be leading to increased rates of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Family Meeting

A family meeting is time set aside on a regular (usually weekly) basis for the entire family to come together to communicate, make decisions, solve problems, share, and spend time together. Family meetings can be formal or informal, structured or unstructured.

Personal Music Players Could Lead to Hearing Loss

As a parent, it can be exasperating when your kids are plugged into their headphones all the time. You shout, but they’ve tuned out. It turns out that this habit is more than exasperating—it could be downright detrimental to your kids’ lifelong hearing.

Television is No Good for Toddlers

Parents who want to raise kids who are thinner and smarter should keep them away from the television, according to the results of a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Practicing Manners Makes Them Perfect

Manners don’t come naturally to kids; they have to be taught. And teaching manners isn’t enough—if you want your child to be a maverick of manners, practice makes perfect. The best way to set your child up for success is to intentionally teach and practice manners and behaviors they will need to use in real-world settings.

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Babies’ Brains

In case you needed another reason to choose organic—here’s the latest: three new studies have found that in utero exposure to pesticides can harm a baby’s brain and affect intelligence levels, with adverse cognitive effects that continue into early childhood.

Family Fun

Many couples swear by “date night” as the key to maintaining a healthy marriage. Indeed, a weekly date without kids provides valuable time to connect with each other and nurture your relationship. But it’s equally as important to connect with the whole family unit—sort of like a family date night.

Tired Teens

Sleep is vital to our well-being—and especially so for teens. Most parents of teens report doing battle every morning to drag their kids out of bed for school. These teens are not lazy or difficult—they’re sleep-deprived, and it’s catching up with them.

The Lowdown on Lice

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new clinical report that may change school lice policies nationwide. The bottom line? Lice are an inconvenient nuisance, but they are no reason to keep your child home from school.

Family Volunteers

Connecting is what keeps families strong and kids feeling loved. Some families make dinner a sacred family event and others maintain a weekly family night. Another way to stay connected is to volunteer together.

Healthy Habits

Germs are an inevitable part of any household, especially ones where small children reside. But an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure. Teach your family these healthy habits to prevent a winter of sniffling and coughing.

Coping with Colds

If your child is feeling ill, the first thing you need to determine is whether the infection is viral or bacterial. The most common illnesses in children are viral in nature; however, strep throat is bacterial, so it’s imperative to accurately determine the nature of your child’s illness in order to properly treat it.

The Family That’s Fit Together

Obesity doesn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s entirely preventable. As parents, you can set your kids up for a lifetime of health by teaching them one simple lesson—the value of physical activity.

Are Your Kids Robo Tripping?

Despite our best efforts at drug resistance education, many of us are stocking our kids’ latest drug of choice right at home in our medicine cabinets—over-the-counter cold and cough medicines. These drugs have become popular among American teens and tweens, not because they’re sick, but because they’re going for a hallucinogenic high.