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5. Get Feelings Out There, Good and Bad

“When I had a cranky child on my hands, I’d swoop her into my lap and say, “It’s time to complain, so let’s complain together. Oh, I feel so angry, or hurt, or sad,’ hugging her the whole time and letting her be cranky. After a while, she felt soothed and ready to move on. Also, she learned to put words to her feelings.”
—Nancy Feingold, 57, mother to Seth, 26, Lindsey, 24, and Adam, 22; Newton, MA

6. Banish Boo-Boo Fears

“If the sight of blood terrifies your child, use dark washcloths to clean up cuts and scrapes. Better yet, try storing the cloths in plastic bags in the freezer — the coldness will help with pain relief.”
—Betty Miliano, 48, mother to Trevor, 24, and Blake, 17; Belfast, ME

7. Make Bath Time a Treat

“When my kids were babies and it was time to bathe them, I dropped the bottles of soap and lotion into the warm bathwater. That way, when I lathered them up, they felt nice and warm and didn’t get a chill.”
—Diane Kilroy, 46, mother to Matthew, 21, and Eric, 19; Secaucus, NJ

8. Prioritize Family Dinner

“I was having problems with my oldest son being rebellious, so I started enforcing family dinner with no TV, no phones, and no guests — just our family. We talk about school, homework, and other concerns the kids might have, and sharing these nightly times together has really improved my son’s behavior.”
—Pamesha Robinson-Joseph, 27, mother to Nasheim, 8, Tyrell, 6, and Jocaharia, 4; Chicago

9. Sleep Easy

“Put the baby bassinet in the living room during the day, especially if you have other children. Your baby will become accustomed to the noises, and then she’ll be able to take a nap anywhere! When we adopted Angelia, we were making over our bedroom, so we had to put her bassinet in the living room. But it worked out great, because now she can sleep through the other kids playing and watching TV. A well-napped child is happier and makes for a happier mom too!”
—Wendy Marner, 42, mother to Wreece, 12, Elijah, 6, Thad, 5, and Angelia, 2; Cedar Rapids, IA

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