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 […]

Ask Dr. Mom: Rash Decisions

Q. My 9-month-old son recently developed a particularly bad diaper rash. I’ve been treating it with the same ointment I have used for him before, but this time it hasn’t helped. My mother says he got the rash because he’s cutting a new tooth. Is this true? What else can I do? A. Almost every […]

The Right Time to Supplement

Q. I read your article on breastfeeding in the August issue, and as a breastfeeding counselor, I disagree with your advice to a nursing mom whose baby wasn’t gaining weight well. You recommended nursing every three hours for five to ten minutes at each breast, removing breast milk via a pump, and then supplementing the […]