Whether they're furry, feathered, or funny looking, pets offer more than companionship for kids. The health benefits of owning a pet include boosting self-confidence and emotional well-being, and teaches kids responsibility.
When one mother started a mother-daughter book club with five other mothers, she just wanted to make reading cool for the tweens. Little did she know the book club would help her bond with her tween daughters and open the lines of communication. Plus, tips for starting your own mother-daughter book club.
One mother realizes that protecting her children too much can harm them in the long run. In teaching her children to build a fire, they learn beautiful life lessons.
When your child is faced with a tough choice, remember that his ability to reason out his decision is part of growing up. Here, advice from a child psychologist on how to help your kids make difficult decisions in their lives.
Why spend hours choosing the best toys if you leave your child with a caregiver who is not engaging? Here are tips to choosing a quality nanny, handling the nanny-parent relationship, and communicating your needs to your child's nanny.
Is your son's roughhousing and rude behavior making you cringe? There are things you can to do instill kindness, compassion, manners, and conviction to raise your son to become a gentleman.
When it comes to disciplining your children, even the most well-informed, best-intentioned parents use less-than-effective habits. Daniel J. Seigel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., share the 20 discipline mistakes even great parents make.
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, LICSW, Rebecca Jackson, and Robert M. Pressman, Ph.D., authors of "The Learning Habit: A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life" and researchers behind The Learning Habits Study, found that grit—determination, tenacity, and willpower—is the key to your child's success.
Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., author of "Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence," shares why adolescence lasts for a longer period of time now than ever before, and how you can help guide your teen through positive influences.
Pamela Yellen, a financial security investigator and author of financial advice books, shares five age-appropriate lessons to teach your children about money.
Sherrie Campbell, PhD, a veteran LA-area Psychologist, offers five ways to cope if you have a friend you love with kids you don’t. With the holidays approaching, or even any time of year, Dr. Campbell's advice keep you and your friendship balanced.
'Affluenza' is the psychological dysfunction caused by the obsessive and competitive pursuit for more; more money, more material items, more power. While there is pressure on children from affluent homes to be the best, the sense of entitlement that comes with it can be a detriment to your child.
With the holidays and the season of giving upon us, it's hard to not buy, buy, buy for your children. But doing so can lead to a feeling of entitlement or affluenza. Here's how to make your kids happy without spoiling them, teach kids about giving back, and how to keep the charitable feeling year-rond, not just during the holidays.
Is your tween difficult? Is she argumentative, messy, boy crazy, and lazy? These may seem like bad traits, but they're actually preparing your tween for the future. Read on for why your difficult tween is on the right track.
Paul Raeburn, journalist, scientist, father of five, and author of "Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked", shares why fathers really matter, how fathers influence their children, and how the picture of modern fatherhood is changing.
Whose language is the worst? (A) Yours, (B) Your grade schooler’s, or (C) Ice-road truckers? Don’t curse yourself for setting a bad example, just follow our advice—and remember that sometimes bad words come out of the mouths of good kids.
When your child isn't feeling well and stays home from school, there is a lot to consider, from finding last-minute child care to keeping the rest of the family healthy, and when your child can go back to school.
When your kids are home sick, or if the weather isn't cooperating and your kids can't go outside, here are 10 mellow activities for kids to keep them entertained without wearing them out.
One New York mom watches her son mature and advance at the end of elementary school as he transitions into middle school and his needs evolve.
One mother of a daughter with autism was going through a lot of changes in life when she found something that seemed empowering, new, and different. Her story, as told to Kaitlin Ahern, shows how a day of joy helped her release negative feelings and embrace the power of self-care.
There are ways to make your child's trick-or-treating experience more meaningful than just collecting bags of candy. By participating in the 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, not only will your kids learn the importance of fundraising and having a global impact, but they will gain an invaluable sense of self-worth through helping other children across the world.
Do you dish out servings of comfort and happiness to your kids with sugary treats? Be careful. If you frequently offer food as proof of your love, you may be teaching your children to mix feelings with food, and to soothe their souls with sweets.
Is your child's reading struggles sapping his back-to-school enthusiasm? A Westchester-based children's literacy consultant shares three tips to improve his reading skills, including visualizing, questioning, and taking notes.
When transitioning from elementary school to middle school, there are many mores your tween will have to adjust to—more teachers, more homework, more activities. As more responsibility shifts to your child, here are some tips to help him or her navigate middle school.
Sherrie Campbell, PhD, teaches offers insight for recognizing when quitting is the right choice for one of your child's activities. Learn the warning signs, and big advantages from accepting the situation and walking away.