Tips for Raising Great Kids

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Tools for building kids' confidence, managing sibling conflicts, teaching manners and encouraging your kids to be their best.
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Not long ago, I hosted a Halloween-themed playdate for my daughter's kindergarten classmates - all seventeen of them.  Wanting to make it a fun afternoon, I spent the day before running around getting...
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Your mom thinks you make great meatballs and have a knack for making friends. Oh yeah, she also thinks you're beautiful, the most beautiful person in the room at any time. She's been saying this...
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Ever have a day when your son seems destined to grow up a boorish cad who chews with his mouth open and burps at the dinner table? Has your son bit the nanny, pushed a baby, barked out food orders, pitched...
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Ever have a day when your son seems destined to grow up a boorish cad who chews with his mouth open and burps at the dinner table? Has your son bit the nanny, pushed a baby, barked out food orders, pitched...
Having PLAY-DOH handy has always saved the day for Liz Weirshousky, mom of three in Bethesda, Md. When she hosts mixed-gender playdates at her house, her daughter uses it to create flowers while the boys...
Unfortunately, kids don't come with a manual -- imagine how great that would be! Parents make mistakes all the time, and that's OK. One of the hardest things to learn as a parent is how to talk...
Iris Kavanagh knows her 12-year-old daughter's Facebook and email passwords and checks them regularly. The Santa Cruz, CA mom has been educating herself about kids and social media since 2008. Kavanagh...
Not long ago, I hosted a Halloween-themed playdate for my daughter's kindergarten classmates - all seventeen of them.  Wanting to make it a fun afternoon, I spent the day before running around getting...
When the 2010 Haiti earthquake hit, New Brighton, Minn., mom Sarah Aadland felt helpless. But her 4-year-old daughter wanted to know how she could help. "There are so many big problems and we feel...
You want your children to be honest, but because they lack fully developed social skills, kids' comments can sometimes be hurtful, embarrassing or reveal way too much information.  "There are things...
Unfortunately kids don't come with a manual -- it would be so much easier if they did! One of the common questions that parents ask is about how to raise happy kids. The term "happy" means...
Happiness. Healthy habits. Success. These are qualities we want in our children. But you know the underlying trick to get there? Building their confidence. While insult and injury are part of life and...
Ever had this in-depth conversation? Mom: "How was your day?" Child: "Fine." If you have kids, you've probably been frustrated with these one-word answers when asking your child...
Your best friend has a teenager who scrapes ice off the car windshield without being asked. Your cousin has a one-year-old that puts her bottle in the sink when she finishes the milk, no reminders needed....
Your mom thinks you make great meatballs and have a knack for making friends. Oh yeah, she also thinks you're beautiful, the most beautiful person in the room at any time. She's been saying this...
Teaching manners to children can mean anything from reminding them to say please and thank you to controlling bodily functions at the dinner table - all in the course of a few minutes! Many parents find...
How do you teach confidence? Every parent wants their child to be strong and brave, to stand up for themselves, and to be happy with who they are. But it's a trait we often struggle with ourselves....
Conventional wisdom holds that middle children are saddled with so many issues they need their own syndrome. Caught between the beloved first child and the spoiled last one, they never get enough attention....
What's the secret to raising a well-organized child? Can you teach kids to be organized or do you just hope they'll inherit those skills? Are some kids more prone to clutter, and are others more at ease...
Let's face it, bullying has become a national crisis. The "mean girl" mentality starts as early as age 4, and cyber-bullying is scarily terrorizing elementary students in their own homes. As parents, it...
All children love to laugh and have fun. Most also have an innate sense of humor and enjoy telling stories and jokes, but some need a little help. When it comes to teaching kids how to tell a joke, rule...
Jessica Mason, a Cary, N.C., mother of four, knows she's going to have to start letting go soon. Her oldest daughter, Savannah, is nine and wants to do more things on her own, like walk to the bus...
Excuse me, ma'am, but is that your kid throwing all of the condoms off the shelves in the drugstore, ignoring you when you ask him to stop, kicking and screaming that he must have the blue and the...
Dad didn't just get re-married.  He got new kids.  Mom didn't just find a husband.  She doubled the seats at the dinner table. Finding love after a divorce might mean moving on, but it gets tricky...
Dogs have long been the storied companions of children. Many of us grew up with dogs and considered them...
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