There comes a time in every parent’s life when a child is angry, really angry at him or her. • Try to recall a similar situation you had with your own parents, and you’ll probably gain some understanding and insight. Then, allow your child to be angry. You might even say, “It’s okay for you to be angry with me. […]

How to feed a newborn is something every new mother must think about. There are some definite advantages to breast feeding that you might want to consider if you’re trying to decide. • It’s the perfect food for your baby. It’s fresh and readily available. Your milk doesn’t have to be warmed up. It’s cheap. In fact, it’s free. Mother’s […]

Are you coping with fatigue from a new baby? Well, cut your expectations of yourself in half. The immaculate home, the gourmet meals, and the beautifully organized schedule that you’ve prided yourself on aren’t as important right now as taking care of your baby and yourself. • Use paper plates and take-out meals for a few weeks and don’t even […]

Habits that parents don’t like aren’t necessarily bad ones; most often they’re just annoying. If your child is hooked on a pacifier, and it bothers you, there are some things you can try. Remember that you can’t break a child’s habit, you can only help your child break it. • Try putting some pickle juice or something sour or bitter […]

During the first year of life, a baby goes through a series of stages of physical coordination that won’t be repeated. It is fascinating to watch this human development, this urge to be upright, to stand, to walk. It is a strong and exciting human urge that defies almost any attempt to stop it. • Physical development in infants in […]

Finding good places to eat with little ones can be difficult when traveling. You might even want to consider choosing a drive-in if you’re traveling with a very fussy baby. Or at least pick a noisy restaurant where you won’t be that noticed. • You can ask any restaurant to fill your thermos with hot water that you can mix […]

Dressing a toddler on the run is an acquired skill. Front fasteners will be easier for you child and for you in the period when you must dress a child in motion. Choose clothes with zippers rather than buttons to make dressing easier. Distract a toddler who’s old enough to resist diapering by performing the task while he’s standing up, […]

One of the nicest things you can do for your children is to help them develop an interest in music. It can be a delight for them all of their lives. First, expose your children to music of all kinds, right from infancy. Experts today tell us that even unborn babies can hear and often appear to recognize and enjoy […]

Learning to use the library is a true lifetime skill. Do start early. Get your child his or her own library card to be responsible for; it’s a very adult thing to do. • Help your child become acquainted with the librarian and the services offered by the library, such as reserving books, using computers, or other media opportunities. Encourage […]

If you asked child experts what’s the ideal family spacing between children, you will probably hear most frequently about three years. But if you ask parents, it’s going to be very hard to find a consensus. Susan Gates, a mother from Maine, says, “child expert Burton White doesn’t agree with us, but our children are fifteen months apart and they’re […]