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The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby's Language Development

<i>Photo copyright Betty Udesen / Pear Press</i><p>Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big -- more than double the vocabulary by age 2.<p>The study is making headlines now because of a nationwide education …

Car Seat Errors Widespread Among New Parents

Parents leaving the hospital with newborns are a jumble of nerves and adrenaline, wondering what comes next and whether they're going to do it right. But new research suggests that many new parents make at least one mistake before they even pull out of the driveway.<p>More than 90 percent of new …

15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know

"I feel sorry for you when they become teenagers." "Dude, you're surrounded by women." "What did you do to deserve that?"<p>Being a dad of four daughters (we also have one son), I hear stuff like this almost daily. And honestly, I'm the one who feels sorry for people who think this way.<p>Having …

10 Activities to Improve Your Toddler's Development

Encourage cognitive and language development with these fun, everyday learning activities.<p>Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell, and taste to understand the world around them. Use a dark marker to trace letters of the alphabet and/or numbers onto poster paper; then have your tot …

21 Mom-Tested Discipline Tricks

When it comes to fixing bad behavior, moms are the real experts. Read on for smart strategies that will put a stop to whining, tantrums, back talk, and more.<p>"When we were teaching our son Anthony to stay in bed at night, we gave him a special paper lunch bag to sleep with. If he went down without a …

Why I Allow my Kids to Struggle Over Toys

My daughters have always had a rather volatile relationship. Born just 13 months apart and with polar opposite personalities, they have often struggled living their daily lives in each other's company, particularly when it comes to sharing toys.<p>In the beginning, it was quite easy to get caught in …

The Second Most Useful Phrase I've Learned as a Parent (Toddler Edition)

The scene: We're at the playground, having a ball. My toddler screeches with joy at meeting another 2-year-old. She holds his hand as they take big steps up the stairs to the slide, the picture of cuteness. She waits at the top of the slide for her new friend to sit down, too, so they can slide …

Say the Right Thing: 8 Go-To Phrases to Raise Happy Kids

These go-to phrases are pretty much all you need to keep in your pocket to have a happy, independent kid.<p>I grew up hearing my mother say in Italian, "<i>Soltanto la tua madre ti dir? di mettere il rossetto in modo che tu possa essere pi? graziosa di lei</i>" -- which roughly translates into: "Only your …

Red Alert: Helping Kids Deal with Embarrassment

If your child gets embarrassed easily, you can help him deal with his awkward feelings.<p>Want to make a 5- or 6-year-old blush? Tell him he's handsome. Introduce him to your boss. Point out how pretty his new friend is. Yep, it's actually that easy.<p>Although embarrassment doesn't peak until the tween …

Natural Remedies for Teething Babies That Actually Work

Most babies begin teething between four and six months old. Though you may not see any tooth buds appearing in your baby’s mouth, it does not mean …

Pregnancy

Growth & Development Milestones: 1-3 Months

The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified important milestones for babies ages 1 month through 3 months. We've included fun and easy ways to help your newborn reach these key developmental markers, plus helpful information new parents should know.<p><b>Type of Milestone:</b> Physical<p><b>Practice with</b> …

Fine Print: Solutions to Handwriting Woes

If your kid hasn't mastered the basics of writing -- like letter formation, pencil grip, spelling, or spacing between words -- there's likely no need to worry just yet. Handwriting is a difficult skill and requires a healthy dose of practice. Experts explain how you can help him with his penmanship.<p>…

Smart Snacks for Kids

Extra vitamins, just the right amount of calories, and easy to make -- these munchies are absolutely perfect for little kids and busy moms.<p>This super snack planner -- with six recipes to prepare ahead and six you can whip up in minutes -- will stack the chips in favor of your kid's</b> …