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Going Dutch? What Americans can learn from how children are raised in the Netherlands

When Rina Mae Acosta, originally from California, fell in love with a Dutch man, they got married and moved to the Netherlands. At first she wasn’t sure what to make of the new culture. But as soon as she became a parent, she was struck by the richness of Dutch family life — by how independent, …

Too much too young: is nursery stressing my 
child out?

As Donna Pattison-Reid sat in her GP’s surgery, she reeled off a list of the ways her three-year-old son Lewis’s behaviour had changed over recent weeks. There was the return of Lewis’s bedwetting, even though he’d previously been dry for six months. He’d also stopped sleeping through the night, …

Parenting

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

Three Ways to Instantly Improve Your Parenting

Wish you could be a better parent but not sure where to start? Here are three tips that can instantly improve your role as mom or dad.<p>One day during high school, my English teacher announced that "one can never experience true guilt until becoming a parent". I cannot imagine why this statement …

Parenting

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 …

Dirty kids are healthy kids

<b>Science is telling parents that keeping kids clean is not the best thing for them.</b><p>Kids are fabulous, but they can be pretty gross, too. Not only does …

University of British Columbia

How Do You Raise Responsible Children? Try This Single, Brilliant Tactic

It's one way to show them you're really on their side.<p>In today's society, it's all too easy to get caught up in our jobs. It's even easier when you work for yourself.<p>That's why I've found the advice from one of my mentors so valuable. Alex runs a successful company and has been happily married for …

Parenting

What I Learned From My Son Who Wouldn't Speak

When I became a mom the second time around, I thought I'd be more laid-back than I was with my first child. And for a while, I was. Baby #2 nursed beautifully. He slept beautifully. He crawled at nine months. And not long after crawling, he walked, then ran. He hit all of his milestones right on …

Autism linked to vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, researchers find

Study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks more likely to have a child with autistic traits<p>The important role vitamin D plays in early life is back in the spotlight after Australian researchers noticed a link between a deficiency during pregnancy and autism.<p>The study found …

Parents of successful kids have these 12 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Self-improvement

Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

OK, kids, a quick moment to gloat: As it turns out, it’s not just you; it’s us parents too. We just can’t stop staring at screens.<p>That’s the result of a new national survey suggesting that parents spend nine hours a day plugged into tech, with only an hour and a half of it dedicated to work and …

Parenting

Fathers and Sons - Staying Connected: A Suicide Prevention Measure

The one thing I would like to change about my dad is 'his temper'. So said one eight year old in Donegal, Ireland. He was not alone. Several hundred …

Child’s cognitive skills linked to time spent with mother

Extending free childcare will not change parents’ work patterns, study suggests<p>It is a question that has troubled parents down the years. Just how much time should they spend with their children when they are growing up?<p>Now a new study suggests that the answer – at least for mothers – should be as …

A psychologist says parents should do these 18 things to raise a more confident child

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.<p>Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who …

Study: Your Kids Need to Lose (Their Future Success Depends on It)

In the game of life, winners can grow up to become losers.<p>When your preschool-aged kid wants to play Uno, you might feel inclined to let them win. While this is a winning strategy to ending the game more quickly, it might not be the best for helping your children develop crucial decision making …

What If You Get Along Great With Everyone...But Your Spouse?

<b>“I get along with everyone ... and I mean everyone ... in the world, but within 30 seconds of a conversation with my wife it escalates to both of us</b> …

How To Teach Kids Empathy

Clients and friends often ask me how to cultivate empathy in their children. Instead of only understanding their own point of view, parents want their children to learn how to share, take others' perspectives, and how to value other people's opinions just as they value their own. Although this …

The 9 worst parenting trends

<b>Do you remember utterly ridiculous baby cage trend that blinked in and out of existence in the 1930s?</b><p>Because parents thought <i>this</i> was a good</i> …

Parenting

Mom’s Parenting Cartoons Will Have You Nodding In Solidarity

Nailed it!<p>Adrienne Hedger has been drawing cartoons ever since she was a kid. Now that she’s a mom with two kids of her own (and a dog whom she also considers one of her children), the artist focuses her work on an exciting, frustrating and totally hilarious topic: parenting.<p>Hedger’s cartoons touch …

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 …

5 Tips For Raising A Daughter Who Speaks Her Mind

On a recent morning, I received a call from my daughter’s math teacher. She was calling because she was concerned that my daughter was falling behind …

This push-button tracker lets you call and locate your kids in real time - Pocket-lint

When your children are young, you probably care about tracking their whereabouts and getting ahold of them, but you might not want to give them …

Want to Raise Really Smart Kids? Science Says Do This

If you've ever wondered what the real secret is for raising smarter children, there's something you can do about that.<p>Parents are always trying to find the next big trend in parenting--and for good reason, too. They want to know how to be better parents, how to raise healthier and more successful …

InterAct

Why Are Japanese Kids So Calm? Parenting in Japan VS America

This month’s guest post comes from blogger Brian, who us currently pursuing a master’s in counselling psychology, focusing on expat issues and …

Japan

Your parenting is the problem: We spend more time and money on parenting than ever — but we are getting worse

Your kids only eat fries? Run the show at home? It’s on you: “Let kids decide” switched adult authority to children<p><i>Parents Adrift</i><p>I knew what I wanted to say. But I didn’t say it.<p>Al and Mary McMaster (all names have been changed, except where noted) have two daughters, Tara and Margo.<p>Mom brought …

What Mayim Bialik reads to her kids

Mayim Bialik encourages her kids to read rather than watch TV.Ethan Miller/Getty<p>"Big Bang Theory" star, neuroscientist, and author of "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way" Mayim Bialik restricts her kids' access to technology and TV …

Kids

Starling – The World’s First Educational Wearable for Children

With 82% of brain development complete by age three, the number of words your child hears before the age of four is the biggest predictor of …

InterAct

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books