No one enjoys saying “No” to their kids – the tantrums, the whining – it can be tempting to just give in. But what does giving in really teach our children? Child development and behavioral specialist Betsy Brown Braun explains how best to say “No” and why your children will reap the benefits in the long term.
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Should kids learn to always say “I’m sorry” or is it an empty phrase if they don’t really mean it? As parents, should we enforce apologizing as a show of good manners or let those words go when they seem insincere? The debate rages on as child experts, Lauri Berkenkamp and Susan Stiffelman add their insight to the mix.
A parental getaway? Sometimes it’s a must! Especially around the hectic holidays. How can parents ease their own guilt and make the time apart as painless as possible for the whole family? Susan Stiffelman, family therapist and author, answers this important question from one of our readers.
Should parents argue in front of their kids or keep it behind closed doors? Could there be any benefit for the little ones to witness parental conflict? Judith Sherven, PhD, an expert in conflict resolution, helps us work it out.
He can write his name and count to 20, but what milestones tell you that your child is socially and emotionally prepared to start kindergarten? We asked two early childhood experts, Brenda Nixon, MA, and Deborah McNelis, M.S.ed, to give us the scoop on school readiness.
It’s morning. You’re rushing to get out the door. You’re child refuses to cooperate. Now what?! Jody McVittie, MD to the rescue – with tips to ensure a morning without stress.
No-nonsense discipline tips from a British nanny to make the hard work of parenting a whole lot easier.
Stained clothes. Puzzles with missing pieces. Fully completed coloring books. How can we as parents keep the clutter under control – and guide our children in developing a healthy relationship with “stuff?” Carolyn Koehnline, LMHC, author of “Confronting Your Clutter,” straightens us out.
The next time your child says, “I’m bored”, instead of rushing in with a structured activity or resorting to TV or video games, Dr. Laura Markham explains how letting children find their own way out of boredom is an important way to spark creativity and imagination.
Are you constantly struggling to try to achieve perfect parenthood? Or do you accept yourself for all your strengths and weaknesses? Authors of the work/life balance guide, “Good Enough is the New Perfect”, Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, elucidate this battle of Modern Mommyhood.