Parenting Articles

The Gift Every Child Really Wants

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, the holidays have become more stressful for many parents and less happy for many children. By the time we add shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and holiday events to our already...

Also labeled: Author Pam Leo , Issue #12

Fifty Ways to Improve your Child's Behavior and Attention Span: Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion

Provide a balanced breakfast. Consider the Feingold diet. Limit television and video games. Teach self-talk skills. Find out what interests your child. Promote a strong...

Also labeled: Issue #11

The Wild Child

Domesticated animals confined to farms, zoos, and similar unnatural habitats lack a certain “spark” found in their wild counterparts. They’ve been bred or trained to live apart from their nature. They’ve adjusted to their lack of freedom...

Also labeled: Author Scott Noelle, Issue #11

Joyful Positive Parenting

Joyful parenting in a positive and unlimited way respects children for who they truly are and nurtures their greatest potential. Imagine how powerful a person could be if parented in this way. What if there were no limiting beliefs or...

Discipline Is The Problem, Not The Solution

When things in my classroom hit bottom, there were days when I was convinced that the kids stayed up nights plotting ways to make my life miserable. It was only later that I realized their disruptions were basically just intended to make the time...

Also labeled: Author Alfie Kohn, Issue #11

Help For Parents of Hard to Raise Kids

As he examined a new patient with a terrible case of hives, Ben F. Feingold, md, had no idea that in a few years his work would shake up fundamental beliefs about food, behavior, and learning, and help shape new ones. The year was 1965. Dr....

Also labeled: Issue #10

The 5-Minute Solution

The scene: I was working diligently at the computer in my home office when my 2.5-year-old daughter, Willow, approached my desk and grabbed a pile of 4x6-inch photos that I had carelessly left within her reach. These pictures of our older daughter...

Also labeled: Author Scott Noelle, Issue #10

Handling Unwanted Advice

“Help! I’m getting so frustrated with the endless stream of advice I get from my mother-in-law and brother! No matter what I do, I’m doing it wrong. I love them both, but how do I get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted...

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age, your easygoing infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. When you want her to get dressed, she decides pajamas would be perfect for the park. When you call him to come in,...

Also labeled: Author Cathie Olson, Issue #09

5 Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job"

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: ‘Good job!’ Here’s why it may not be the best thing to say. Even tiny infants are praised for...

Also labeled: Author Alfie Kohn, Issue #09

The Well-Balanced Child

Every parent wants to raise the perfect child: healthy, happy, loved, and respected with high achievements and even higher goals. We want our children to have the things we didn’t have and to achieve their dreams. This is all well and good, unless w...

Keep Your Young Athlete Healthy and Fit

It is March, the time of year when your children are starting to play little league baseball, softball, soccer, or some other spring sport. Playing outdoors brings a lot of enjoyment for children and parents, especially after a few months of indoor...

How to Have a Happy Marriage: When You’re Busy Being Parents

Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let’s face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship. But marriage is t...

Dad’s Role in Play

“Dad’s role in child play key to later development,” Gottman says. Today’s fathers want to be more involved with their babies than their own fathers were, and their involvement can play a critical role in a child’s future. That’s the message...

Also labeled: Author Josh Parks, Issue #07

Who’s in Control? The Unhappy Consequences of Being Child-Centered

It took some time before the significance of what I was looking at sank into my “civilized” mind. I had spent more than two years living in the jungles of South America with Stone Age Indians. Little boys traveled with us when we enlisted their...

Family Wellness Forum: Physical Stresses of Caring for Young Ones

I am trying to provide parents of young children with some suggestions of how to take care of their own backs given the physical stresses of caring for young ones. What would you recommend as basic strategies to help parents, especially in...

The Outside-In Child

Young expectant parents can hardly wait for the arrival of their blessed child. Months, if not years of dreams and preparation go into starting a family. Every detail has been thought of: what schools will our children attend, what will be our...

A Family Affair: Getting Dad Involved

What is the father’s role in breastfeeding? This article will combine a review of what has been found in the literature about the role of fathers in breastfeeding with ponderings and ideas based on the author’s own experiences both as a...

Learning Through Compassion

Over the years, I have counseled parents on the importance of responding to a baby’s cry. My first article on this subject listed ten reasons for a quick response to tears, and discussed the importance of giving loving messages and emotional...