Parenting Tips

Solve parenting problems confidently

Most parents say they wish their children came with instructions - but a rule book on parenting couldn't hurt either!

If you're a new parent, it's easy to get overwhelmed and feel a little lost in the new-baby world. And if you're an experienced parent, you'll know that the challenges don't stop just because your child gets older.

If you're in either of those situations, or are just a parent with questions, you're in the right place! We've got lots of helpful articles from parents who have seen it all. Baby issues like potty training and colic are old hat here, and we can help you talk your kids through the difficult body image and self-esteem issues that come with growing up.

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Don't be afraid to ask - we even cover difficult issues like helping your child deal with divorce or tackling the many issues associated with weight problems and activity levels. Nothing is off limits.

Just like your child, you are unique and will develop your own parenting methods. But it never hurts to ask for advice, and that's what we're here to give. And, at the very least, it helps to know there are others out there who can sympathize and help.

Positive Parenting Strategies

Positive parenting is a strategy that aims to build self-esteem in your children. While punishing misbehavior is a necessary part of any effective parenting strategy, positive parenting makes a concerted effort to be constructive and instructive at all times. It won't do just to punish your child for bad behavior. You have to make sure your child understands what he or she did wrong, why it's wrong, and how you want to see him or her alter her behavior in the future.

This kind of approach encourages mutual respect and has the potential to pay big dividends as your child matures into an adolescent. If communication lines remain open between you and your child during his or her younger years and your child trusts you and views you as a judicious but fair parent, you stand a good chance of avoiding the trying defiance and rebelliousness that many teenagers exhibit.

Positive parents remain calm and talk their way through problems. They genuinely listen to their children and use every available opportunity to communicate with and instruct their kids. This approach leads to greater independence at an earlier age, higher self-esteem and positive encouragement, which paves the way for a healthy, productive adulthood.