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  1. 5 Signs of Pushover Parents

    You might think that too-permissive parents are the ones whose kids have no rules, no curfews, no dress code, and no manners. True, but they're not the only ones. You may be surprised that some of your habits could put you into the "pushover" or permissive parent category, according to experts, even

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  2. 9 Stepparenting Dos and Don'ts

    Despite what shows like The Brady Bunch and Modern Family would have us believe, stepparenting is hard. "Blending a family is like a dish that takes a long time to cook," says Molly Barrow, PhD, author of How To Survive Step Parenting . "You can't force it before it's ready." But if you're patient a

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  3. Why Your Child Acts That Way

    Just when you think your child is capable of acting almost "adult," or at least more mature than they used to be, they do something that makes you wonder what they're thinking. They stretch the truth, pretend they don’t hear you, or explode into tears seemingly over nothing. They tease and babble li

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  4. 9 Ways to Wean a Child off Thumb Sucking

    Kara Angelone's 3-year-old daughter Addie was a thumb-sucker from day one -- literally. Tucked away in her baby book is an ultrasound image of Addie sucking her thumb in the womb. Now, three years later, she's still not ready to let it go. "It makes her feel safe and comfortable," Angelone says. "I

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  5. 10 Surefire Solutions to End the Bedtime Battle

    Most parents can trade war stories about their kid's bedtime. Christine Althoff sits in her daughter Claire's doorway every night until she falls asleep. She's been doing this for more than five years. Before her twin sisters were born, Claire, now 7, was rocked to sleep. In an effort to get Claire

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  6. Why Kids Whine and How to Stop Them

    Anne Crawford has three children, ages 8 through 13, so she has heard her share of whining. "My kids whine about doing the chores," she says, "or about how unfair it is that one got something and the other didn't. I'd say whining pretty much comes with the territory." According to Bay Area pediatric

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  7. 25 Ways to Handle the Stress of a New Baby

    Jen Singer, author of You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either) andcreator of MommaSaid.net, isn't particularly fond of babies. "That's because both of my sons' first years were the most stressful for me," she says. "They were colicky, one had reflux, and neither one slept through the n

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  8. Is Your Child Spoiled?

    Every parent has probably heard it at one time or another: "You're going to spoil that child!" Yet what do we really mean by spoiled child? How do you know if your child is spoiled, and what can you do to avoid spoiling him or her if you haven't done so already? Most child development experts cringe

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  9. The Right Way to Praise Your Kids

    A lot of moms and dads struggle with finding the right balance when it comes to praising their kids: How much is too much? How much is too little? Is quantity that important, or is it the quality of praise that really matters? While there's no secret formula, experts say understanding the when, wher

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  10. Can You Boost Your Child’s IQ?

    You probably already that know genetics along with good nutrition, protection from toxins, and plenty of playtime and exercise all work together to nurture a child's intelligence. But is there something more you can do to actively boost your child's IQ? Surprisingly, most child development experts a

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