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Parent Smarter, Not Harder

Parenting is the most important job we’ll ever have. But it’s also the most challenging. Just when you think you’ve got this whole tricky business down, your child turns a developmental corner…and it’s a brand new ballgame.

Often, it comes down to on-the-job learning, regardless of parenting styles. In the meantime, there’s plenty of positive parenting advice out there, and we’ve brought our favorite tips together here, under three broad topics:

Parenting Strategies – Life is busy. Sometimes, downright chaotic. Every parent can benefit from some strategies and shortcuts for keeping the mayhem in check. How do you get the family out the door on time? How do you get through an airplane flight with minimal tears? You’ll find helpful ideas here.

Helping Kids Learn and Grow – We all want our kids to be happy and healthy and to love learning. Here, you’ll find tips for maximizing the developmental aspects of play, kids’ favorite thing. And if you want to focus on a particular developmental area—whether physical skills like balance and coordination, or life skills like taking on responsibility and managing money—check out these parenting articles.

Resolving Childhood Challenges – The early years are marked by remarkable milestones, like crawling, walking, and learning to talk. But at some point, most of us also experience a few little hurdles, like bed wetting and thumb sucking. From how to soothe a teething baby to a less-stress approach to potty training, find straightforward solutions for common kid challenges here.

Read our Parenting Articles below:

7 Potty Training Tips That Make Life Easier

Make Potty Training Easier

We’ve all heard horror stories about how difficult and stressful it is to start potty training a toddler But it doesn’t have to be! Once you’ve determined that your child is truly ready (see our companion article), do yourselves a favor and set yourselves up for success. These simple potty training tips can make things […]

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5 Ways To Help Fidgety Kids Focus

Help Fidgety Kids Focus

Some Kids Just Can’t Sit Still!      Is your child the one who is always in motion, whether tapping his feet or twirling her hair? The one who can’t stay seated for any length of time? Lots of kids fidget. The problem is when it interferes with learning, school, or social development. It used to […]

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15 Tips For Soothing A Fussy Baby

Calm Fussy Babies

Bundle of joy? Or bundle of noise? During the first few months of life, most babies cry a full two or three hours each day! Needless to say, many new parents are unprepared for the amount of time their newborns spend fussing. In most cases, crying is normal and healthy—although admittedly not much fun for […]

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12 Real World Tips For Traveling With Kids

Organize Kids Clutter In The Car

Where do parents get their best ideas? Often, from other parents! That’s why we’re sharing a dozen clever travel tips provided parents in our online community. These ideas work for them…maybe they’ll work for you. Be a “travel fairy” Purchase small, inexpensive toys to use as rewards during long car trips. For each segment of […]

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10 Tips: Easing The Move From Crib To Bed

Safely Move Kids To A Big Bed

Goodbye, Crib…Hello, Toddler Bed! Transitioning out of a crib and into a bed is one of childhood’s major milestones. Some toddlers take to the big-kid bed with ease. But many need a little help adjusting. Either way, here are the best tips we’ve found for easing the move from crib to bed.  1. Avoid Pressure […]

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