Addictions

Addictions

Kids, and particularly teenagers and young adults, are often unable to assess the potential consequences of their actions. Due to inexperience, naivety, impulsivity and a sense of invulnerability, young people often engage in dangerous or unhealthy behaviors - and sometimes illegal or immoral ones as well. Learn how to help your child when he or she breaks rules, engages in risky behaviors, lies, steals, gambles, drinks or does anything else that could lead to harm.
Anxiety

Anxiety

Every child experiences anxiety, worry, fear and insecurity. Whether anxiety occurs only occasionally, or is an enduring aspect of the child’s personality, parents can help. This section explores the many ways that parents can address a youngster’s anxious feelings, behaviors and physical symptoms.
Behavior Problems

Behavior Problems

All kids misbehave. They whine, argue, explode, talk back and refuse to listen; they get into mischief and do things they shouldn’t be doing. Whether your child is a tad disrespectful or outright rude, whether he or she won't go to bed, won't get up, won't come home or otherwise won't comply or cooperate - you'll find solutions here.
Development

Development

Kids morph from helpless infants into self-sufficient, amazing adults. It happens through the process of learning and development – physical and experiential changes that occur in your child from the moment of birth onward. Parents guide this growth process at the same time as they must adjust themselves to it at each new stage.
Family Issues

Family Issues

Family life is complicated – now, more so than ever. In this section you’ll find articles to help you co-parent with your spouse, ex-spouse or new spouse, articles about helping siblings get along, articles about couple relationships, extended family issues, adoption and step-parenting, single parenting and so much more. There are also articles to help you negotiate the difficult personal emotions triggered by the parent-child relationship – anger, worry, fear, grief, shame, panic and all the rest of it. This section explores all the normal family concerns and emotional stresses that are a part of the parenting journey.
Learning

Learning

Children have lots of learning to do, both in and out of school. Parents need to know how to help their kids negotiate academic issues, classroom problems, teacher-related concerns, extra-curricular dilemmas, the challenges of first-time experiences and transitions of all kind. Whether your concern is classroom behavior, homework, lateness, disorganization or any other aspect of development related to school and learning, you’ll find answers in this section.
Moods

Moods

A child’s moods can affect the whole family. Even more importantly, a child’s moods can affect his or her entire experience of life. Disturbed and low moods interfere with everything – behavior, academic performance and personal relationships. Learn what you can do to help your child’s occasional or chronic irritability, mood-driven behavior issues, lack of motivation, sadness or negativity.
Parenting

Parenting

Need some effective discipline strategies? Unsure about whether you’re too strict or too lenient? Maybe you have practical questions about toilet training, curfews, bedtime routines or allowances? In this section you’ll find plenty of information about general parenting techniques and common parenting dilemmas. Here’s where you can zero in on issues concerning your toddler, school-age child, teenager or young adult and this is the place to pick up plenty of new parenting ideas and practical solutions to everyday problems.
Personality

Personality

Parents need to know how to bring out the best in each child, adjusting what they do to best fit the child’s personality. A great deal of the child’s personality is “in-born” including temperament, preferences, interests, energy, mood, and even attitudes! Environment (including parents, teachers, siblings, peers and events) further affect and shape the development of the personality. A child’s personality can be very challenging for parents to deal with; sometimes there are mental health issues, difficult behaviors, immaturity, communication difficulties or other kinds of disturbing or confusing aspects of personality. This section explores children’s personality issues and offers practical suggestion for parents.
Risky Behaviors

Risky Behaviors

Kids, and particularly teenagers and young adults, are often unable to assess the potential consequences of their actions. Due to inexperience, naivety, impulsivity and a sense of invulnerability, young people often engage in dangerous or unhealthy behaviors - and sometimes illegal or immoral ones as well. Learn how to help your child when he or she breaks rules, engages in risky behaviors, lies, steals, gambles, drinks or does anything else that could lead to harm.
Social Issues

Social Issues

It’s not always easy for kids to get along with people, whether they are friends, classmates or even siblings. There are things that parents can do to help their child deal with shyness, peer pressure, bullying, conflict, on-line issues, relationships, jealousy, poor judgment and inappropriate social behavior. Whether your child teases and bothers others or is always the victim, whether he or she is too competitive or too afraid to speak up – or whether he or she is struggling with any other social problem - you’ll find ways to help in this section.
Trauma

Trauma

The big stuff – abuse, serious illness, pain, death, violation, violence – is part of life and the world we live in. Kids experience it directly and/or watch it around them or in the news. Trauma leaves its mark: nightmares, fears, phobias, withdrawal, distraction depression, irritability and behavior problems. Even smaller traumas like being publicly humiliated, chased by a dog or being rejected from the team can cause troubling emotional reactions. Every parent needs to be ready to assist his or her child through hard times. Find out how to help right here.