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Advice for Parents

  • General Principles of Discipline

    Most children need to be given consistent, clear rules and expectations about behavior. Discipline needs to begin as soon as the child is mobile—pulling up and crawling.

  • Parents-to-Be Must Communicate

    few mothers- and fathers-to-be receive training for the much more challenging and long-term tasks: becoming good parents and remaining close and loving partners in the face of new stresses and strains as their family grows.

  • Put Peer Pressure in Its Place

    Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.

  • We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies

    Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.

  • When Kids Want to Buy, Buy, Buy

    Don't argue about cost. Do talk with your children about money management and media messages.

  • How to Say No to Preteens

    As children grow older, risks get more complex and restrictions harder to enforce.

  • Help Your Children Chill Out

    Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. But they must also handle stresses added by their parents and the media.

  • Keeping Your Cool When Parenting Teens

    As difficult as it is being a teenager, being a parent of one is even harder.

  • Working Mom? Aim for Less Stress

    In the United States, 78 percent of all mothers with kids ages 6 to 17 work in paid jobs. Most—including married working moms—also are responsible for child care and housework.

  • Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues

    As the parent of an adopted biracial/bicultural child, it's important to acknowledge that your child is different. The goal is to help your child feel a sense of pride about his or her culture and race so it becomes a positive part of his or her identity.

  • Teach Your Children Safety, Awareness

    You want to keep your children safe, yet not make them virtual prisoners in their own home.

  • Why Parents Shouldn’t Use Food as Reward or Punishment

    Giving sweets, chips, or soda as a reward often leads to children’s overeating foods that are high in sugar, fat, and empty calories. Worse, it interferes with kids’ natural ability to regulate their eating, and it encourages them to eat when they’re not hungry to reward themselves.

  • Do Parents Influence Their Kids’ Health Behaviors?

    Parents who take their child to the doctor frequently, let their child stay home from school, or pamper them with special attention when they are sick tend to produce kids who, as adults, go to the doctor frequently, stay home from work, and take longer to recover from illness.

  • Anger Management: Strategies for Parents and Grandparents

    Anger management not only helps you deal with your child or grandchild in a kind and constructive way, but it also sets a good example of how to handle challenging situations and work out conflicts.

  • Preventing Impaired Driving in Your Teen

    Alcohol isn’t just illegal for teenagers to consume—it can be deadly if they drink and drive. In fact, drunk driving is one of the most frequent causes of death among teens.

  • Job Safety Critical for Teens

    Farming seems to be the most dangerous job. Teens also get hurt in restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores, and other places where they find after-school and summer work.