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Activities for You to Share with Your Baby

As well as having fun with bub, you’ll be developing his abilities and muscles when you try the following activities. Both you and baby can benefit! [more…]

Activities to Enjoy with Your Toddler

Activities that stimulate and develop your toddler’s senses, imagination, coordination and other skills can also be great fun — for you and your child. Try the following:     [more…]

Ages and Stages of Your Child's Development

As your child gets older, she develops new skills and abilities. The following table provides a general overview of what you might find your child doing at a certain age. It’s important to note that this [more…]

Being a Great Dad For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Being a great dad takes patience and perseverance, but is a heap of fun and one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Your child will love every minute you spend with her, whether you’re changing [more…]

A Baby-Proofing Checklist

Not all safety measures need to be in place by the time baby comes home from the hospital. But before the first six months are up, you’ll need to make sure to baby-proof with some basic safeguards installed [more…]

Getting the Kids to Exercise

Helping your kids get off the couch and in shape prepares them to become healthy adults. Here’s how to tap into children’s natural love of movement and get the whole family in shape: [more…]

Guide to Children’s Health Symptoms

Use this handy list as a quick guide to what certain symptoms may mean for your children's health. This list is not exhaustive, however, and other problems could be the cause, so seek medical advice for [more…]

How to Talk to Teens about Internet Porn

Porn is ubiquitous on the Web. Teenagers are constantly online. It’s no wonder that so many teens, especially boys, end up surfing to erotic images, not to mention videos — but how do parents know how [more…]

How to Protect Your Teen's Online Privacy

Privacy is one of the biggest hot buttons in a parent-teen relationship. Teenagers are working their ways toward independence, and parents are trying to find out how to balance privacy and safety — especially [more…]

Why Children Explore Their Bodies

Many parents have discovered their young children — whether boys or girls, whether nearing adolescence or still toddlers — touching their genitals. And these children aren’t just checking out their private [more…]

How to Handle Children's “Playing Doctor”

Although many parents buy children a toy doctor’s kit, most don’t do so expecting their children to play “doctor” — also known as “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” So imagine walking into the [more…]

How to Answer Children’s Questions about Sex

If you’re a parent, or if you hang around kids long enough, at some point you will be asked a question pertaining to sex. Many adults panic when confronted with such questions. Right away, they think that [more…]

Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children

Child abuse certainly does exist and, as a parent or guardian, you have a duty to protect your child. A report issued by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States [more…]

What to Do If Your Child Interrupts You during Sex

How should parents handle it when a child walks in on them in the middle of sexual intercourse? First, don’t worry too much about the time your child accidentally catches you making love. This situation [more…]

How to Protect Your Children from Sex in the Media

Counselors and teachers find that children demonstrate sexual behavior much more frequently now than they ever did before. The reason for this is simple: Children today see so much more sex in the media [more…]

How to Protect Your Children from Internet Porn

Porn sites are all over the Internet and, unfortunately, kids are certainly smarter than adults are about computers. The good news is that all the major commercial online services provide tools for parental [more…]

How to Warn Children about Strangers

Talking to your children about strangers can be almost as hard as talking about sex. The tricky part is that you want your children to recognize the dangers posed by strangers, without being so scared [more…]

What Not to Say to Children about Sex

Parents can make all kinds of mistakes, but they may not realize the seriousness of the mistakes having to do with sex. Try to analyze your behavior around your children from their point of view. You communicate [more…]

Detecting Signs of Trouble in Kids for Early Intervention

Detecting problems early makes a world of difference. Kids who receive early intervention improve more rapidly and successfully than those whose problems lie unaddressed for years. The following signs [more…]

Four Goals of Successful Childhood

Parents, teachers, grandparents, and child-care givers all want to help children thrive. They can do this job best if they keep in mind what the most important challenges of childhood are all about. Therefore [more…]

Tips for Parents to Guide Child Development

Parents’ work never stops. Parents usually do the best job with their kids that they can. Here are a few tips to help them along: [more…]

Teachers Shape Kids: Praising Kids in the Classroom

Teachers can improve the motivation of their students if they praise them often for doing the right things. Effective praise has four major elements, including [more…]

Child Psychology & Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Kids grow and develop in many ways. For the people who choose to care for children — from parents to teachers to childcare workers – keeping tabs on normal childhood development, spotting signs of trouble [more…]

What to Do when Baby Is Crying

When rocking a crying baby doesn't soothe and quiet the little one, what's a parent to do? Use this easy flowchart to figure out your next move. You'll notice that at one point it says that babies just [more…]

General Parenting Tips

Let's face it, parenting is hard work, and any help you can get is great! Take a look at these parenting tips so you can be an effective and happy parent and do it consistently with enthusiasm: [more…]


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