Parenting may be the toughest -- and the most fulfilling -- job you'll ever do. Whether you have a baby on the way, a teen on the way out, a toddler, a preschooler, a school-ager or a house full of kids of all ages, read on to learn about critical development stages, fine-tune your parenting style, and find answers to your toughest parenting questions.
How Do You Parent?
There are as many approaches to (and controversies about) parenting today as there are junior members of the Jolie-Pitt household. The bottom line is this: Trust your instincts and follow these basics for raising healthy, confident kids.
Rx for Hot-Button Issues
Ah, if only kids were born with instruction manuals. That way, whenever an issue arises -- from a diagnosis of autism to a problem with bullying -- moms and dads could just skip to the "Troubleshooting" section and find the answers they need. Without such a guide, there are lots of resources for common parenting challenges.
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What are some different parenting styles?
There are two broad extremes: the parent who has a hard time saying "no" (parent A) and the parent who has a hard time saying "yes" (parent B) . . .
- Q How should I give my child a time-out?
- Q What are some things I can do to ease my anxiety about becoming a parent?
- Q How much television should I allow my child to watch?
- Q How can I motivate my child?
- Q How do I choose a pediatrician?
- Q How can I tell if my child is being cyberbullied?
- Q Why do parents need to make time for themselves?
- Q How can I find a responsible babysitter for my child?
- Q Can video games cause behavior problems in children?
- Q How can I be a better parent than my own parents were?
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Whether your child is 2 or 12, our action plans can help you be the best parent you can be.
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