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26 Rules For My Daughter As She Grows Up

“If I knew then what I know now…” As a little girl I heard my mom utter this phrase on more than one occasion. Her words always seemed to trail off, …

Parenting

The Reward Chart That Changed Everything In My House

Right when we become fooled into believing that we have mastered a certain tricky stage in our child’s development, a new one smacks us right in the …

Parenting

Playgroups are hell, chores are impossible, and children repeat everything they hear: what I learned as a stay-at-home father

All you seem to do is sit around with your friends, drink tea, and eat cake all day.<p>I'd said that sentence enough times to my wife that when I agreed to take three months out to be a stay-at-home Dad I was genuinely concerned I was going to put on weight.<p>As it turned out, I lost nearly a stone …

Stop Sabotaging Your Kid's Sleep

Are your nights an endless cycle of wakeups? Worried you’re doing something wrong? Try these sleep tweaks for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged kids.<p>Babies<p><b>1. Stop being his bed.</b><p>Moms and dads tend to spend too much time rocking and holding their infant at the beginning of the night. “As a result, …

A British headmaster’s back-to-school letter to teachers is also brilliant parenting advice

The internet is awash in advice on how to make the school year ahead better for students and parents.<p>One teacher banned homework, to the delight of kids. An anonymous headmaster wrote a missive to parents, reminding them that they play a critical role in shaping their children’s attitudes toward …

Parenting

Creative Discipline: 11 Ways To Have Fun And Not Raise A**holes

Having to discipline your children is one of the crappiest parts of parenting. Everyone gets bummed out and then you accidentally take away their …

Parenting

A couple of parenting tricks from the French, who are great at raising kids

Author Pamela Druckerman caused a firestorm in 2012 when she published an essay in The Wall Street Journal called “Why French Parents are …

Parenting

10 Parenting Habits to Develop Before Your Child Becomes a Teen

I started parenting habits prior to the "dreaded teen years" that I hope will carry my influence further and create a positive relationship with my …

I'm a Family Psychologist and These Are the 20 Most Common Parenting Mistakes I See

<i>Most parents try to do what's best for their children. What happens when we don't even realize our behavior is harmful? Our friends at Fatherly share with us 20 common parenting mistakes.</i><p>What are some common mistakes parents make that could actually hurt their children's mental and physical health …

Parenting

12 parenting mistakes you don’t know you’re making

<i>(Thinkstock file photo)</i><p>Frustrating, isn’t it?<p>You try your best as a parent.<p>You love your children unconditionally. You spend time with them. You give …

Parenting

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#ParentingIRL: finally, it's time to keep it real

Being a mum in 2016 is all about keeping it real and getting back to basics, according to the latest Netmums survey.<p>And if what we're all loving …

Have Kids Write Their Thank-You Notes Before Playing with Gifts

You want your children to be raised with the right values and good manners. When someone gives them something, the kid should thank them. Use this …

Kids