Tips for Feeding Your Breastfed Baby with a Bottle

Looking for Ways to Feed your Breastfed Baby with a Bottle? Some breastfed newborns and infants will have a medical need for supplemental milk (expressed breast milk, donor milk or infant formula) before breastfeeding is well established. In most instances, this extra milk is fed to the baby in a bottle. When a baby breastfeeds, […]

Tips for Introducing a Bottle to Your Breastfed Baby

How to Introduce a Bottle to Your Breastfed Baby By choice or necessity, most breastfeeding moms these days will express their milk, either occasionally or regularly. If your baby ever needs to drink your expressed breast milk, she most likely will take it from a bottle. Young babies (under about seven months of age) require […]

Easy Ways to Get Your Child to Behave – and Want To

On any given day you’ve probably had two or three showdowns with your child over everything from brushing her teeth to getting in the car seat  — all before lunch. But contrary to how things may seem, most kids like to behave in a manner that makes them (and you) proud  — at least most […]

Homework Help

1. Talk to your child’s teacher. Find out the homework policies, including how involved you’re expected to be. That way, you can keep your child on track. 2. Help her get organized. When she has a re-port or other long-term project to do, find out the deadlines for each task she needs to complete along […]

How To Help Each Child Feel Loved

All of us harbor some fantasies about the ways our children will turn out. But they don’t come into this world to fulfill a script we’ve already chosen for them. Fostering a unique sense of self in each of our children involves what I call learning to honor the person in every child  — that is, […]

Is My Child Gifted?

Ahead of the Curve Q. I’m sure most parents think their babies are bright, but I am convinced that our 22-month-old is truly gifted. She already identifies colors, counts to ten, recognizes letters, and speaks in full sentences. Books are her favorite toys, and she knows many of them by heart. Should I have her […]

6 Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Many parents provide their kids with the big essentials: unconditional love, protection, structure, and limits. But as a pediatrician and the mom of five (now grown) children, I’ve learned that there are also small things parents can do to make a major difference in their kids’ lives. 1. Keep an Eye on the Big Picture […]

Little Kids, Big Mouths

The labor of love called parenting can be difficult  — even when your child is compliant and adoring. But when your simple requests or innocent remarks are met with sassy retorts, sullen silences, even eye rolling or shoulder shrugging, you can feel angry and discouraged or find yourself caught up in an argument neither of you […]

7 Bad Habits

Sucking their thumb, pulling their hair, picking their nose  — nearly all children find ways to relieve anxiety, boredom, or fatigue. There are many reasons that kids develop these coping mechanisms: Some imitate adults; others discover something pleasurable or relaxing and then repeat it until it becomes a way to help ease tension. Even well-meaning parents […]

No More Discipline Traps

When it comes to discipline, most of us, despite our best intentions, get into ruts. When our kids misbehave, we tend to rely on the same one or two techniques, even if they’re not the most appropriate or effective methods. Which is why the process of teaching self-control to their children can often leave the […]