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Cleaning up toys

Sometimes it seems to be impossible to get your child to clean up his toys. Our experts say that this is normal. Encouraging your child to cooperate and complete chores can sometimes be frustrating. Try to avoid a battle of wills: Warn your child ahead of time that “soon it will be time to tidy up.” … Read More

Contributing to your child’s school readiness

In September, many children will attend school for the first time. They will be expected to be able to communicate, to demonstrate basic knowledge, to socialize with others and to show independence. As a parent, you may wonder if your child is adequately prepared for these expectations in kindergarten. Do play experiences in the early … Read More

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Coping with bedwetting

Remember, no child purposely wets the bed. And while it can be frustrating or upsetting for both of you, there are ways to make it easier on everyone. Here are several of them. Try to decrease the amount of fluids your child has before bedtime and especially drinks that have caffeine. Make a routine of … Read More

Coping with the death of a pet

You can help your child cope with the death of a pet by helping her to understand that loss and grief are a natural part of the cycle of life. Encourage your child to tell you what she is feeling and answer any questions. There are also books available in the children’s section of the … Read More

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Cry it Out

Our experts have looked at both sides of the debate – the Cry it Out method and the Attachment Parenting approach. Below you’ll find a series of articles that can help you get a better understanding of the Cry it Out method so you can decide whether or not it’s right for you. The Cry … Read More

Crying

The sound of your baby’s crying comes along with the joys of being a parent. But does the prolonged sound of your sweet child’s wailing make you want to burst into tears yourself? Why is she crying? Is he crying too much? We answer these questions and more in a series of articles created by … Read More

Cues and Attachment

All babies need their parents and caregivers to provide sensitive, responsive attention to them. When you do this, your baby learns to trust you and forms an attachment to you. Your baby will send cues to you when he is ready for you to engage with him, and will send different cues when he has … Read More

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Daddy… My Hero!

As you look back at history in our society, fathers typically have not played a significant role in the early years of their child’s development. More typically, mothers have taken on that role, becoming the primary caretaker through those early formative years. Fathers would participate less frequently in their children’s everyday moments such as feeding, … Read More

Diaper Rash

When your baby’s bottom is red and sore, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve done something wrong as a parent. But almost every baby gets diaper rash at least once before outgrowing diapers. This can be painful for your baby and upsetting for you, so what is diaper rash and how can you prevent … Read More

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Dressing your baby for the weather

When you’re taking your baby outside, especially in very cold or very hot weather, it can be tough to decide how many layers your baby needs. Dressing your baby can be different from dressing yourself, so making the right decisions take some thought. Here are a few tips to get you through winter and summer … Read More