Nikki Materna

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How parents can find patience and empathy, even in a moment of frustration

Thirteen minutes after dropping my husband off at the airport one sunny Sunday morning in April, I found myself in a standoff with my sweet but headstrong 7-year-old son. It began much like previous battles: with a choice to be made, and firm, reasonable limits set.<p>When these conflicts arise, they …

Parenting

Learn One Simple Trick To Cut Back On Power Struggles With Your Kids

Parents can add a powerful tool to their arsenal for teaching their children to make choices.<p>“No! I don’t want to!” is a phrase shouted by every child, ever, at some point during their early years.<p>Parents will discover early on that children have minds of their own and can express their wishes …

Sheryl Sandberg Researched How to Raise Resilient Kids. Here's What She Found | Inc.com

No kid should have to go through what Sandberg's two school-aged kids faced when their father died suddenly of a cardiac arrhythmia. But at least a few good things came out of the horrifying loss experienced by the Sandberg family.<p>First, Sandberg teamed up with Wharton psychologist Adam Grant to …

Sheryl Sandberg

We’re Having the Wrong Conversation About Maternity Leave

Before I had my daughter, the concept of maternity leave made sense to me. It seemed — in an abstract, removed way — like the right thing to fight …

Why it’s important to read aloud with your kids, and how to make it count

One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with …

Kids

This $6 Clay Mask Will Give You the Best Hair of Your Life

Your roots will thank you.<p>We're starting to sound like a broken record here, but we can't emphasize enough how important it is to thoroughly cleanse your hair in the age of dry shampoo. You need to give your scalp the same TLC as your face, otherwise unspeakable things start to happen beneath the …

Hair Care

‘How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen’: Advice from the author

Joanna Faber didn’t set out to write a sequel to the best-selling “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” co-written by her mother, Adele Faber, and Elaine Mazlish in 1980. In fact, she resisted it.<p>“Those are big shoes to fill,” said Faber, herself a parenting expert and …

I Stopped Always Putting My Kids First—Here's What Happened

Maybe the key to being a better parent is a dose of selfishness.<p>I committed the cardinal sin of parenting.<p>I stopped putting my kids first all the time.<p>It was a long road to get to the point where I can feel comfortable saying that. But the reason I'm okay with admitting this out loud now is because …

Why Are Dutch Kids So Much Happier Than American Kids?

On a list of happy children topped by the Netherlands, the U.S. came in 26th of 29 countries.<p>Children in the Netherlands are the happiest kids in the whole wide world, according to Unicef, whereas U.S. kids ranked at number 26 on a list of 29 countries, beating only Lithuanian, Latvian, and …

How to Raise Kids Who Can 'Love and Be Loved'

Why modeling adult affection matters.<p>Forget about an apple a day keeping the medical doctor away<i>.</i><p>If you want to do something to ensure your kids experience backed-by-research benefits like:<p>· Higher self esteem<p>· Better parent-child communication<p>· Improved academic performance<p>· Fewer psychological …

Four Tips From Pediatricians to Teach Kindness to Kids

Children are listening. During the election, messages of hate, fear and intolerance were propagated across different media and into communities. And …

What will happen if I take my child's phone away?

Every morning, Karly Tophill faced the same exhausting struggle to separate her 13-year-old son from his iPhone, and nag him to get dressed and ready for school. Those fraught hours were not the only flashpoints.<p>When Dylan came home at the end of the day, he didn’t want to let his phone out of his …

Parenting

Books, TV Shows, Movies, and More That Help Tame (and Prevent) Tantrums

<i>Books, TV shows, movies, and apps to help tame (and prevent) tantrums from our friends at Common Sense Media.</i><p>When you're little, things aren't all fun and games. Big feelings can sweep in without warning -- and the resulting tantrums can be brutal for kids and parents. No one can predict or prevent …

Hang In There, Moms Of Little Ones — In Some Ways, It Definitely Gets Easier

My youngest child — my third baby and my only boy — just turned 8. <i>Eight.</i> It seems impossible that my youngest kid is that old, yet here we are. Time …

Trust Me: As A Parent, You Will Embarrass The F*ck Out Of Yourself

When my middle daughter was 1, she had a spectacular diaper blowout at church. It was all up the back of her very new, very cute, church dress. I …

Dear Toddler, Hear Me Out: Something Has To Give (And It’s Not Going To Be Me)

I know you’re going through some very important developmental milestones, but I have some concerns about your behavior, that I feel we should address.<p>…

Why Do We Choose To Have Children?

During one of my son's infamous sleep strikes, I posed the question to my husband, 'Why do people have children?' It wasn't a sarcastic, rhetorical …

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't) | Inc.com

This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and we have developed all kinds of fads to combat it--from standing desks to smartphone alerts to get us up and moving.<p>Armed with that …

Standardized Testing

I Love My Toddler, but I Sure Don't Like Him (and That's OK)

I had just begun the nightly ritual of contemplating what on God’s green earth my son might be willing to eat for dinner. A list of 20 or more food …

Why My Child Is Better Off Than Your Child | Inc.com

My 8-year-old son entered kindergarten at the ripe old age of 4 and 3 months. That's a bit early, for US standards. We'd consider that pre-school age in the US, but it's when Kindergarten starts in Switzerland. Now, granted, he's the youngest in his class (cut off date was one day before his …

Seven Ways to Teach Kids How to Manage Money

As adults, we’ve had a lifetime to learn how to manage our money and spend smart—but are we teaching our kids how to do the same? Finance may seem …

Personal Finance

18 Expert-Tested Ways to Prevent a Hangover

There's more to it than just chugging some water before you fall asleep.<p>Ask any expert, and they'll tell you that the best way to avoid a hangover is to lay off the booze, mostly because there's no hard-and-fast, research-backed remedy.<p>But the truth is that sometimes, even experts who know better …

The Surprising (Easy!) Thing That Can Boost Your Kid's Creativity

New research shows that encouraging your kids to talk with their hands can help them come up with more creative ideas.<p>My daughter is big on talking with her hands. I've always found her grand sweeping gestures to be kind of humorous—every story she tells winds up looking like a wacky game of …

10 tantalizing tile trends for your home

Step into pretty much any home and somewhere you will encounter tile. Walls, floors, occasionally ceilings. Kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, foyers and …

Interior Design

Petroleum Jelly Might Be The Answer To A $3.8 Billion Health Problem

It could help millions of babies.<p>On the surface, eczema may seem like an ailment that is more annoying than debilitating. But for the more than 20 percent of kids who struggle with it, the effects can be more severe ― and costly (<i>really</i> costly) for their parents.<p>Atopic dermatitis is the most common …

Lying Down With Your Kids Until They Fall Asleep Is Not A Bad Habit

I’ve spent approximately 7 billion hours of my life lying in the dark next to a fidgety, sleepless child, praying to the gods that my child will …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? 93 Percent of Successful Entrepreneurs Say This Is the Key | Inc.com

Parents want the best for our kids. Near the top of the list? Financial security and freedom.<p>Since research shows that the only way to accumulate great wealth in America is through entrepreneurship, I asked a huge group of successful entrepreneurs to tell me about their childhoods. Could they point …

Raising Stress-Proof Kids

<b>A Conversation with Psychoanalyst Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. and Author, Shelley Davidov</b><p>Shelley Davidow is a teacher and parent who wrote a fabulous book, <i>Raising Stress-Proof Kids</i> (Familius, 2015). As a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist this book fell in my lap with joy. In the following interview …

A Christmas Letter To Parents, From A Kid Who Doesn't Have Any

Your kids aren't going to remember what you get them for Christmas. They're just not.<p>At least I don't.<p>My mother died when I was a teen, my dad when I …

Parents, Some Reasonable Age-Appropriate Expectations For Your Young Kids

Recently, I published a blog post <i>Parents, Get Realistic About Your Expectations For Young Kids</i>. I knew I hit a universal nerve when I received a copy that had been translated into German. Many parents wrote that they wanted to learn more about having realistic expectations, but also struggled with …