How Parents Can Model Healthy Habits

Imitating our role models has always been a critical part of childhood development. In fact, the power of mirroring is “pre-programmed” into everyone’s brains — helping people navigate their early years and adapt to customs and beliefs around us. As children stay with their parents for most of their lives, it’s unsurprising that kids pick up habits and behaviors from them, whether good or bad. To ensure children grow up to make healthy choices, parents should not just tell …


How To Teach Your Child to Make Their Bed

Teaching your child how to do chores is important and essential for their growth and development. Most kids may not enjoy it, but it helps create structure and good habits, while also teaching them important social and emotional lessons. 
When you teach your kids how to do chores, they learn the importance of responsibility and doing their part for the improvement of their surroundings or their quality of life.
Having your child make their own bed in the morning is a great introductory chore for them. It’s very …

kid around vape smoke

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Vaping

Vaping is a common behaviour among teenagers today. These teens inhale and exhale vapour from electronic cigarettes to feel pleasure. Young people prefer premium juice to regular cigarette smoke because it is cheaper and safer.
Considering these teenagers are under parental care, parents must understand vaping comprehensively. Parents can tell if their children are vaping or advise them if they know how it works.
How Vaping Works
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices designed to allow users to inhale nicotine …


How To Stop Nursing Your Baby To Sleep

There’s nothing more magical than nursing your baby and watching them fall sound asleep in your arms. But it can become a problem when they become too reliant on that pre-bedtime feed and become unable to sleep without getting nursed first. 
This can result in everyone’s sleep being disrupted. You could be setting yourself up for a lot of sleepless nights until your baby grows out of it themselves.
Fortunately, it is possible to break this habit of nursing before sleep.


How To Teach Kids to Engage in Positive Self-Talk

It’s common for children to fall back into negative self-talk when they’re faced with a particularly difficult challenge that they feel they can’t overcome. Feelings of doubt and self-depreciation start to arise and it can be hard to get rid of once the feelings kick in. 
When teaching them how to cope with negative and self-deprecating thoughts, it’s important to emphasize that these negative thoughts and feelings should be acknowledged and not erased but they should also reframe their thinking and focus on the positives that the situation brought on …


How To Support Your Child’s Mental Health

Keeping your kids physically healthy is a feat that most parents excel at. But when it comes to their emotional and mental well-being, it’s another story entirely. It’s important to place value on caring for your child’s mental health because this is what allows them to develop resilience against the obstacles and challenges that they will eventually face in the real world.
But being both emotionally and mentally healthy is not something that can happen easily and organically. Here are ways you can nurture your child’s mental health:


Why Is My Child Chewing on Their Shirt?

During a baby’s oral stage, they get the urge to take everything they could get their hands on and put it in their mouth. They usually do this when they’re teething or when they want to explore the world around them. But, what about when an older child suddenly starts chewing on their shirt?
A child may seek oral stimulation during their development stages. This is rooted in a human’s most basic methods and need for self-regulation and calming. Older kids may also still seek this, and not just infants or toddlers. 

Ages and Stages

Staying Connected to Your College Freshman

Sending their kids off to a college is one of the most difficult things a parent can go through. You’ll miss your day-to-day interactions and the feeling of just having them nearby. Every day, you debate whether you should initiate communication or wait for them to contact you first.
It can also be hard to balance being there for your child while also not being intrusive. This transition can definitely bring about major changes in your life but if these changes are handled right then it can result in your child growing into a mature and responsible adult. …


How To Create A Parallel Parenting Plan

A parallel parenting plan is a parenting model that is adopted by parents who have a hard time getting along but still both want to be involved in raising their kids. This method allows them to have control over their own parenting responsibilities without needing the consent of the other parent. 
It’s that there is no contact or communication in this type of parenting but it’s very limited. Parents usually only communicate when there is an absolute need to. 
Creating a parallel parenting plan typically requires…

Ages and Stages

12-year-old Development Milestones

The tween years are when many physical, emotional, mental, and social changes start to occur to your child. This is when your child inches closer and closer to becoming a full-fledged teenager. 
It’s normal for 12-year-olds to have moments when they still act like a child and then suddenly turn into a little adult, who seems wiser than their years. In order to be prepared for the changes that happen, it’s important to know what development occurs during this time.
Language and Cognitive Milestones