1. Teaching Your Child to Learn the Difference Between Verbal Bullying and Constructive Criticism

    Child bullied by a group There’s an old rhyme that children learned to use if they were called a name while they were growing up. You may know it already. It goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    The rhyme of course means that since words can’t hurt you physically, they should be easily ignored. That may be wonderful in theory, but in reality it can be difficult to disregard a hurtful comment. If this is true for you as an adult, it’s even more true for your child, who may have to deal with verbal bullying far more often, while having less experience than an adult in how to handle it.

    Although verbal abuse tends to be discussed less than cyber bullying or physical bullying, it may be an even greater problem. According to the website dosomething.org, that’s because physical bullying starts in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, but verbal bullying can remain constant from elementary school onward.

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  2. Steps to Curb Aggressive Behavior in Toddlers

    Children Staring at Each Other AggressivelyIt may have happened suddenly and without warning, or so it seemed: Your little, adorable, peaceful angel has suddenly been replaced by an aggressive toddler who hits and bites relatives, other children, and even you.

    Although this behavior is unpleasant, it’s not out of the ordinary.

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  3. Is It Safe to Co-sleep with Your Baby?

    Mom & Baby Co-sleeping New parents often find themselves losing sleep over late-night wake-up calls, whether to feed a hungry baby or lull one back to sleep. It follows that moms and dads may turn to co-sleeping with their baby to make nighttime feedings easier or to help a nursing mother and her baby get on the same sleep cycle.

     

    Is co-sleeping with your baby safe? Evidence-based research and experts say no.

     

    Co-sleeping puts babies at risk of suffocation and strangulation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although research is ongoing to determine if there’s a connection between co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it has been shown that co-sleeping increases the likelihood of accidental death.

     

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  4. Preparing for the First Ride Home with a New Baby

    Crying Newborn in Car SeatWhen you’re a new parent, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do before and after the baby is born, since you will not find user instructions or an owner’s manual. Your nurses will be helpful, as well as friends and family, but people sometimes forget what it’s actually like to be a new parent and so may take for granted much-needed advice.

     

    Because you have many things on your mind when you’re trying to buckle-in baby for the first ride home, it’s wise to handle major preparations in advance. Here are some key points to remember:

     

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  5. Some of the Best Pets for Kids

    Young Girl & PetPets can help teach your child responsibility and love.

    Pets and kids often go together swimmingly like, well, a fish in water. Not only are pets a great way for children to learn how to be responsible, kind and gentle, but they also can offer children physical and emotional benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets that need to be walked regularly provide exercise.

    When choosing your child’s first pet, consider the following options:

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