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Using Rewards For Toilet Training?
by Vicki Lansky

Some books on toilet training emphasize a reward system. Now many parents feel strongly that any material reward is wrong or inappropriate when a child is learning basic behavior. Others don’t object at all. And some object only to the […]


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Kicking The Pacifier Habit
by Vicki Lansky

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 […]


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The Santa Claus Myth
by Vicki Lansky

To tell or not tell about Santa, that is a question for many parents at this time of year. According to development experts, many of your child’s beliefs will be generally determined by what their age allows them to believe. […]


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Dressing A Child On The Run
by Vicki Lansky

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 […]


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Tips On Giving Medication
by Vicki Lansky

One of the hardest things about giving medicine to small children is getting it all down. Don’t try putting it into a bottle or a glass of juice. You won’t know how much a child has taken if all the […]


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Eating With Kids At A Restaurant
by Vicki Lansky

Finding good places to eat with little ones can be difficult when traveling. Mexican and family style restaurants are usually good choices. • If you’re trying to save money, make breakfast the biggest meal of the day. It’s always less […]


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Thumbsucking
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

More than 30% of toddlers are still sucking their thumbs. Fortunately, thumb sucking is harmless until your child’s permanent teeth have erupted about age of six. Your main response to thumbsucking in the meantime should be to ignore it, especially […]


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The Terrible Two’s
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Until 18 months of age most children are agreeable, even easy. From 18 months until four years of age, many of them become stubborn and resistant. We call this the “terrible twos”. What happens to toddlers at 18 months? They […]


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The Overuse of Medicines
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

We are a greatly overmedicated society both with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Some people believe that every symptom needs a drug; I disagree. • First, let’s set the record straight about antibiotics. Antibiotics only kill bacteria; they have no effect […]


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When Your Toddler Doesn’t Share Toys
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Toddlers often become upset when other children play with their toys. They see possession as ownership. They don’t understand the concept of sharing until three or four years of age. But you can plant the idea with statements, such as […]


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