Wear your heart on your sleeve! Find creative ways to show your love and help your child celebrate Valentine's Day.
Here's some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.
The child should always take the lead in deciding whether or not to specialize in one sport. "If a child is passionate about one sport, that's fine," says Ron Quinn, associate professor of education at Xavier University and director of sports studies. But a child should not be forced to pick a sport.
According to Joel Fish, Ph.D., author of 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent and director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, parents are a determining factor in whether kids enjoy team sports. "If children sense that their parents love them and are proud of them whether they hit the ball or not," says Fish, "then they'll be better equipped to handle all the ups and downs that come with competitive sports."
Instructors and pros alike agree that parents can introduce a child to golf as young as 4 or 5 years old, but beginning in the preteen years yields good results as well.
These planning tips will let your family dive right into a fun, exciting time at the water park.
With Easter right around the corner, pet stores are stocking up on bunnies for sale. Doesn't everyone at one time or another think about buying a bunny for their children at Easter? Many of these bunnies are bought on impulse, without knowing all the responsibility a rabbit requires. Not too long after Easter, many of these bunnies are neglected or taken to local shelters once the novelty wears off. Before buying that cute, fluffy bunny in the window of the pet store, give it some thought. Do you have the time and patience to devote to a rabbit? And did you know that rabbits and young children are usually not a good combination?
For parents, the toddler years can be among the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding periods during a young' child's life. Here you'll find development tips, potty-training pointers, games, crafts, activiities and meal ideas.
With a focus on skills and sportsmanship (for players and parents), T-ball leagues are home to "fields of dreams" all over the country.