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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Sippin’ Cough Syrup

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

  7. 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.

  8. Getting Hooked on Cough Medicine

    A drug rehab counselor talks about how parents can prevent those first steps to teenage drug addiction.

  9. Teen Privacy: When to Cross the Line

    As kids get older, keeping them safe can get complicated. While separating from parents can be healthy, teens are notorious for bad, sometimes dangerous decisions. Parents face a troubling dilemma: Do the dangers of teen drug abuse override the right to privacy? Parents typically do one of two thing

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  10. When Teens Lie About Drugs: A Guide for Parents

    If Tom Hedrick could change one thing about teen drug use, he would reduce the time it takes between a parent’s first hunch that something is wrong and the child getting treatment. The fact that teens lie about drugs, and parents believe them, delays treatment, says Hedrick, a founding member of The

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