“My daughter is 22 months old and is attached to her pacifier when she sleeps. My husband and I have weaned her from it during waking hours a few months back. The problem is she uses it to fall asleep at naptime and at night when she goes to bed. She is very attached to it when she tries to …
"I have two girls, 4 and 11. My brother has a 2-year-old daughter who ALWAYS hits, scratches, bites, pulls hair and pokes my younger daughter's eye. This happens at every family event and even on a trip when our families shared a suite. My daughter had bite marks after the trip. I baby-sat m…
What really bugs parents of young children? The public display of embarrassing behaviors that arise from egocentricity.
Parents are the first teachers. They have strong influence because of the special parent-child bond and the fact that they spend more time with their child than any single teacher.
Let's revisit maternal employment.
How come parenting advice sometimes seems contradictory?
Author Michael Pollan has taught us a very simple way to eat healthy. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He also cautioned that it is far better to eat food that grows rather than the packaged stuff made of many ingredients processed in a factory.
A recent question in my inbox: "My 19-month-old toddler is becoming very aggressive … biting, pulling hair. She has picked up this behavior at her day-care center, where it seems to be rampant. I am quite concerned about transferring her to another day care where she might be a primary aggre…
I have written a good deal on the subjects of praise (the right way to do it) and self-esteem (how it is misunderstood and overrated by parents and teachers).
Recent question: "I have a 19-year-old boy who acts more like he is a 14-year old.
Because 48 states, including Arizona, report epidemic levels of flu and because this season's flu is hitting children hard, we are reprinting a column originally published in this newspaper on Dec. 25, 2011.
There is no question in my mind that grandmas and grandpas are the perfect people to baby-sit when both parents are away traveling.
Some parents have it backward. They do not want doctors to vaccinate their children, but they urge doctors to give their children antibiotics when the kiddies have a cold.
What does improvisation comedy have to do with parenting?
The word "mindless" troubles me sometimes. Mindless eating, at a movie or when watching TV or reading a mystery, can put on unwanted pounds. Not paying attention to what a family member is saying to you can lead to hard feelings.