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Friday, 21 Feb 2020
Category: Raising Kids

How to Create Creative Kids

We gathered five experts in creative thinking (they’re all parents, too!) to share their best ideas and activities for sparking your child’s imagination. If the word creativity makes you think only of painting clouds, daydreaming, or writing experimental poetry, think again. “Creativity is one of the most important economic resources of the twenty-first century,” argues […]

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Parents, it’s never okay to hit your kids

Research published in the journal Pediatrics confirms what child advocates have long known: it’s never okay to hit children. Study author Tracie Afifi and her colleagues investigated the link between children being hit, pushed and shoved, and the development of psychological problems later in life. They found that harsh physical punishment was associated with depression, anxiety, substance […]

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Time for an end to parental tough love

Picture this: you’re standing in a long, slow-moving queue. People around you are disgruntled and complaining. You turn to talk with the person behind you and someone else jumps the queue in front of you. Is it okay to slap him or her – not to hurt them – just to give a clear message […]

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Sharing a bed with your baby – realities vs recommendations

Most parents will tell you that as soon as they announced their pregnancy, the advice started rolling in. Much of it might have been sensible and evidence-based, but it’s difficult to sort the myths from realities. Given so much of a new parent’s life is spent settling infants and working out their rapidly evolving sleep patterns, questions […]

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5 Things We Know for Sure About Raising Great Kids

All of us want to raise children who become self-disciplined — and happy — adults. The only question is how best to do that. Luckily, we know a lot of the answers. Research studies have been following children from babyhood to adulthood for decades, so we actually know much of what works to raise great […]

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Enforcing limits when your child ignores you

Most parents have some version of this question: how to “enforce limits” without punishment. So let’s dig deep on this. When you set a limit and your child doesn’t accept it, there’s a reason. He’s showing you as well as he can that something is so wrong inside him that he can’t cooperate with you, […]

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When friends and family criticize your parenting

“Dr. Laura…How do I explain this kind of parenting to other parents who think I’m spoiling my child? They all use timeouts and other punishments.” — Rebecca Being with other families is good for both parents and children. But what happens when your parenting approaches differ? The stakes are high in parenting.  When we’re choosing […]

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