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8 Lessons All Dads Should Teach Their Kids

<b>Competition Leads to Confidence</b><br>Children as young as 4 start to compete with their parents—sprinting to the car, wrestling on the sofa, stuff like that. Roll with it. Let them win a lot, and then slowly ramp it up so they have to work harder for their victories. "It's a way for kids to develop a …

War and Peas

Win the battle at the dinner table and expand your child's palate at the same time.<p>There's an inner foodie in every toddler, says Jennifer Shu, M. D., a pediatrician in Atlanta and coauthor of <i>Food Fights</i>. "Success is about how you present the food as appealing, not what kinds of food you're …

Food

The Parent Fat Traps

<b>Graze on grown-up goodies.</b> If you feed the kids separately (because who wants dinner at 5 p.m.?), have something healthy and filling to munch on while they eat, like a handful of almonds, hummus and baked pita chips, or edamame (in the pods, so you have to take time to pop 'em out). Bonus: All of …

Insider's Guide to the ER

<b>Prepare.</b> Have a grab-and-go hospital bag containing phone numbers, small toys, snacks, medical records, and insurance info.<p><b>Explain.</b> Talk to your child—for example, say, "Since your arm hurts, you might need an X-ray and they may put a bandage on it." Kids have strange ideas about hospitals, "like …

Win the Homework Wars

Five ways to start negotiating (and stop arguing)<p>Few parental struggles are as likely to make Mom and Dad tear their hair out as the nightly kitchen-table test of wills known as homework. Here are five expert strategies to make the experience less confrontational. Don't expect instant results; the …

Parenting

Google Inbox: What Works and What Doesn't in the New Email App

Plenty of handy features for casual users<p>Boasting over 500 million user accounts, Gmail is an undisputed juggernaut in the email space. So, it stood …