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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Should I be concerned if my child doesn't have many friends?
In elementary school, children begin selectively choosing their friends. Parents help this process by asking their child about his or her playmates at school, actively networking with other parents and . . .
- Q How can parents help if their child is admitted to the hospital?
- Q What factors can make it difficult to spend quality time with my child?
- Q How do I handle a child who is playing favorites with relatives?
- Q How can I encourage one-on-one communication with my child?
- Q What is positive discipline?
- Q How can I keep my child safe from germs?
- Q How can I teach my child the social skills necessary to make friends?
- Q What are good bedtime habits to develop in my child?
- Q How should I help my child practice her social skills?
- Q How much television should I allow my child to watch?