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Parenting

4 Toddler Testing Behaviors (And How to Cope)

In “Don’t Leave a Testing Toddler Hanging,” I shared four typical testing scenarios. I then offered some general guidelines for recognizing and …

10 things I wish I'd known about raising a boy

<i>Editor's note: This story was first published in 2014; we think these truths about having a boy stand the test of time! Agree? Disagree? Weigh in on our Facebook page.</i><p>When you have a girl, you know that you can always fall back on your own childhood memories to guide you as a parent. But unless you …

21 Creative Consequences

Disciplining our children well takes wisdom, consistency, and empathy. It also helps to have a ready sense of humor, a whole lot of love, and a good …

Parenting

How to Threaten Your Children Effectively

The important thing to know here is that any sort of punishment you drop on your kids involves taking away something they love -- be it free time, coloring, drawing on their sibling, or television-watching -- which is really a punishment for you because when they're engaged in the activities they …

Set Limits Without Yelling

In <i>Common Toddler Discipline Mistakes</i>, I explained why punishments and the perception of children misbehaving as “bad” undermine effective and …

9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers

Toddlers are experts at ruffling our feathers, but these tiny people mean no disrespect. Testing our limits (and patience) is impulsive behavior on …

What to Do When a Child Won't Listen

One of the most common requests I get from parents is, "I've tried everything and my child still won't listen. What can I do?" There are several factors involved in a child's willingness to cooperate. A child not doing what she is told is less about "not listening" and more about how able she feels …

5 Reasons We Should Stop Distracting Toddlers (And What To Do Instead)

Distraction is a popular “redirection” tactic for dealing with an infant or toddler’s undesirable behavior. Its appeal is understandable, because …

'Are We There Yet?' The Worst Parenting Mistakes for Impatient Kids

Impatience and childhood go hand in hand. There's a reason "Are we there yet?" is such a common marker of traveling with kids. We cannot expect our children to come into the world as patient and understanding as the Buddha, and we'd probably worry about them slightly if they did. But as they grow, …

Seven Tips for Practicing Positive Discipline . Talking With Kids . PBS Parents | PBS

<b>Understand the meaning behind the behavior.</b> Naomi Aldort, the author of "Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves," says that children want to behave …

Parenting

Dr. B Teaches Toddlers Patience (It's About Time!!!)

Mazzy has been exhibiting less than stellar behavior lately. (Do I have to remind you about the “Toddler Fight Club” video from last week?) Things …

The Secret Language of Toddlers: What Their Behaviors Mean

Two-year-olds act out their emotions in some pretty bizarre ways. Let us help you crack the toddler behavior code.<p>Your toddler is becoming a verbal, opinionated little person. In fact, he's downright bossy -- he tells you where to sit, which pants he wants to wear, and exactly what he'd like for …