1. ‘Is the Tooth Fairy Real?’: Deciding whether or not to introduce your child to fictional characters

    Drawing of a tooth fairyEarly in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”

    There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents:

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  2. Helping Your Child Overcome Fear of the Doctor’s Office

    Doctor showing stethoscope to boySome children handle the prospect of going to the doctor better than others. For youngsters who don’t manage the experience well, their fear sometimes can make a visit to the doctor’s office very difficult.

    To help children overcome a fear of doctors or checkups, here are some approaches that parents can use:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. What Are “Growing Pains” and their Symptoms and Causes?

    Mother comforting daughterIt can happen all of a sudden, perhaps like this: Last night you awoke with a start. Your child was crying in pain. During the day, nothing had seemed out of the ordinary. When you rushed to your crying child, you found him or her holding the lower leg area. What could this mean?

    One possibility is that your child could have what is commonly referred to as “growing pains.” According to the Mayo Clinic, growing pains in children often occur during the evening and are characterized by discomfort in the lower extremities.

    For parents who may have had a child experience this, it can undoubtedly be frightening. To help explain the issue, we’ve compiled the following information about what’s known so far concerning this strange phenomenon.

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  4. Full-Length Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dad”

    happy father's day written in crayonWhile we’re growing up, we may be too young to fully appreciate what we learn on a daily basis from our fathers. Sometimes the lessons from dad might be about practical basics, such as how to set up a bank account or how to ride a bike or drive a car. At other times they may have been lighthearted, such as tips about how to wear the same shirt for two days in a row without anybody else realizing it or how to negotiate for the last cookie in the cookie jar.

    Looking back, dad likely gave us some unexpected pointers that we find ourselves using to this day – lessons that we never saw coming and that probably bring a smile to our face whenever we practice them.

    We hope you enjoy watching our video about some unexpected life lessons that some of us have learned from our dads:

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  5. Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Dad” (Sneak Preview)

    cartoon father and daughter at paradeOh, those funny fathers.

    Although we’re never sure when the moments will happen, we always seem to end up learning unexpected, and sometimes humorous, life lessons from dad over the course of our childhood. Perhaps it’s about how to shoot the perfect crumpled-up paper ball into a waste basket, or how to make the best meal from assorted leftovers. You just never know.

    Watch this sneak preview to see some unexpected lessons, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the full video!

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