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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Is the next Salvador Dali or Frida Kahlo creating masterpieces by the dozen in your kitchen?Here are 10 DIY wall art ideas on how to take your favorite artwork from the dark recesses of the file box to...
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...
Every kid has a special gift, talent or ability, but some kids are just flat-out amazing. Check out the accomplishments of some truly intelligent kids, and how their work has changed the world: NASA...
Every day, children are inundated with the antics of actors, singers and reality television stars. While those people might be entertaining, their characters and actions are not always the type you'd...
No parent wants to see her kid cooped up inside all weekend while others on the block ride their bikes and take dance lessons. But it's hard to know how to encourage kids to join in activities when they...
Seeing two babies on the ultrasound was probably one of the most amazing moments of your life. Sure, the pregnancy was tough, but nothing compares to the joys (and challenges) you face raising identical...
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...
Do you ever feel like your rough-and-tumble little boy is on the go 24/7 and never takes a moment to slow down? Maybe you're finding that your boy is full of energy and short on emotion.Here are some...
Is it hard to imagine handing over the laundry pile to your toddler to fold? They might not be able to do more than pile up the socks, but having little ones help with age-appropriate chores for kids can...
You already know that instilling family values is important. But what are they? And how do you teach them -- and instill them in kids year round? Responsibility, hard work, helping others and being well-mannered...
You spend a lot of time worrying about how well your kids are doing in school and whether or not they'll be successful, but what about making sure they're happy? While you can't keep your kids in a bubble...
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...
Parenting twin girls isn't all sugar and spice and everything nice. Even though twin sisters can be strikingly similar (especially if you've got identical twins), that doesn't mean you should...
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 can...
If you've ever resorted to bribing your kid to brush her teeth, you know the frustration of an unmotivated child. While self-motivation for kids is crucial when it comes to their long-term success,...
Good male celebrity role models aren't easy to find. Many of today's celebs always seem to be in the news for affairs, drunk driving and drug use, among other severe lapses in judgment. As a parent,...
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...
Dishes stacked in the sink, action figures strewn all over the living room floor and clothes spilling out of hampers. Does this chaotic scene sound familiar? As a busy parent, keeping your house in shape...
Is there really a difference when it comes to parenting boys vs girls? While the idea of girls in precious pink dresses playing with dolls and boys charging around the house knocking over mom's china...
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....
Adolescence can be a difficult time in a young woman's life. When your child is at this age, she likely struggles with self-esteem issues and the pressure to fit in with the crowd. By teaching your...
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...
You want your child to succeed at school, build relationships and lead an overall happy life -- and that means learning to work well with others. But children aren't born with this ability: It's...
In your mind's eye, you can see the fantasy. Your child is in the living room, engaging in quiet, independent play, while you lovingly cook a tasty meal, filling the house with a delicious aroma. And...
There are lots of different factors involved in learning how to raise good kids. On the one hand, it's your job to instill your little one with a solid set of important core values. But your child's...
Every parent wants to raise a calm child: one who can deal with stressors, cope with challenges and manage emotions in difficult situations. According to experts, there is one primary factor that can aid...
As a parent, you want your child to be successful in life and you know that one of the keys to success is setting goals and accomplishing them. According to child development expert Denise Daniels,...
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...
Your child cleans up his blocks, and you automatically dole out a proud "good job!" while giving yourself a mental pat on the back for using praise to motivate him. The truth is, however, that...
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...
You care about recycling, but it can be a tough practice to instill in your children without resorting to nagging. However, recycling for kids is the perfect way to get them thinking about the environment...
These days, screen time for kids involves more than just TV -- it includes, computers, tablets and phones, too. With so many options available to your little ones, it can be hard to track just how much...
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...
You want your kids to grow up to be financially savvy, but they aren't born with money smarts. In fact, most kids act like money magically appears in your wallet -- as any parent who has heard her...
There's nothing more special than parading down the street with boy-girl twins in tow. The unending oohs and aahs of strangers may even help you forget the lack of sleep and shower you couldn't...
Finding your child's passion can seem a little intimidating. After all, you may have only discovered what you truly love to do over the last year! But by encouraging your little one to pursue her interests,...
Is it "one and you're done" for your family? You know the stereotype of the only child -- "he never learned how to share" or "she's selfish because she always had everything...
As adults, we understand that yard work is a necessary (and frequently unpleasant) chore associated with home ownership. But to children, it can be a fun adventure. The challenge is to keep the kiddos...
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