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  1. 6 Ways to Help Your Preschooler's Personality Blossom

    You probably noticed your preschooler's unique personality peeking out those first few months of life --reaching eagerly for a rattle or perhaps pushing away a teddy bear. But between the ages of 3 and 5, your child's personality is really going to emerge. What sorts of changes can you expect during

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  2. Fit Kids: The Importance of Children's Friendships

    Have you ever worried about your child making friends? Or were you upset because another child rejected your child's friendship? I found myself in this situation when my 6-year-old daughter came home from school crying one day. She told me that her best friend had decided she didn't want to play wit

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  3. Back to School? Back to Head Lice Season

    Fourth grade had barely started when I got a call one early September day from the school nurse. "Your son has lice," she said. "Come pick him up right away." All I could think was, "Those dirty creatures on my child -- in my house?" In fact, dirt has nothing to do with lice, says Paradi Mirmirani,

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  4. A Parent's Guide to Vaccines

    The tears and screaming, as upsetting as they are, are well worth the effort. A simple prick of the skin provides children with lifetime protection against diseases like chickenpox, meningitis, and hepatitis. With a schedule starting at birth and lasting into childhood, millions of kids in the Unite

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  5. When Your Child Is Afraid of the Doctor

    Marcela Jones, an English professor in Washington, D.C., says her 3-year-old daughter, Amalia, starts screaming as soon as they step into a doctor's office. Her child's white coat-triggered misery started, Jones says, with her two-year checkup -- Amalia had her routine shots and then went upstairs t

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  6. Potty Training and Your Preschooler

    Amanda Ezman, 31, of Oneida, N.Y. started potty training her daughter, Lilah, just a few months shy of her third birthday. Lilah was finally curious about the bathroom, and showing all the right signs that she was ready to start going like a “big girl.” Also, she was getting ready to move to a new d

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  7. Teaching Your Kids to Share

    Teaching children to share is a hard task. But by taking it in stages and bringing empathy for the child's view to the fore, parents can build domestic peace, according to Harvey Karp, MD, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block. Most children don't understand the concept of "mine" and "yours" u

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  8. Family Dinners: Tips for Better Communication

    Want kids with better grades, better moods, and better eating habits? Start having dinner together as a family. "Eating together is a fundamental way of creating closeness in a family," says Brad Sachs, PhD, a family psychologist in Columbia, MD and author of The Good Enough Child and The Good Enoug

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  9. Why Didn’t I See My Teenager Was Abusing Medicine?

    A mother and psychologist whose teenage daughter’s drug abuse began with over-the-counter medicines reflects on why she didn’t see it sooner.

  10. Sippin’ Cough Syrup

    A teenager in rehab talks about how abusing over-the-counter medicines led to harder drugs and eventually her arrest.

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