Dr. Laura Markham is a clinical psychologist and the founding editor of the parenting web site YourParentingSolutions.com, featuring a popular advice column and parent-tested solutions you can use every day to connect with your kids and create a richer family life. Her work appears regularly on a dozen parenting sites and in print. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Most parents nowadays try not to use physical punishment, which they know undermines kids' self esteem. Many experts advise using timeouts to "calm" kids down and correct bad behavior. But any child can explain to you that timeouts are still punishment. And we all know that sending a kid to a timeout it is not the best way to calm him!Read Full Story
Children grow up fast. It may not seem that way while your 3 year old is screaming on the floor next to the candy display. But age 9, with its delightful reasonableness and just an inkling of preteen sophistication, arrives in what seems like the blink of an eye. As your child blows out those 9 candles, you're halfway to 18, when you're officially fired as a parent, and, if you've done a good enough job, re-hired as a consultant.Read Full Story
It's the thought that counts, and the love that goes into it. No need to spend a fortune on gifts, your kids will love making some homemade gifts for grandparents, cousins and teachers, and the recipients will treasure them. Remember that your goal is to have fun with your child and give a token of affection, not to exhaust yourself. Hopefully this list will get your creativity fired up; more explicit directions are easily available online.Read Full Story
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