Category: Behavior, Discipline & Sleep

Better sleep for your kids: the urban vs. rural difference

 

It’s back-to-school time, and everyone is trying to get back on a schedule after summer vacation. Getting back on track can be a little more difficult in the city than in a rural or vacation setting. There are simply more sleep-disturbing distractions. But no matter where you live, your child needs adequate sleep to keep up with the social, emotional, and academic demands of their education-centered lives.

 

Good sleep starts in a healthy sleep environment. The conditions in your...

Posted on September 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Amy Highland

'Potty Training for All' Webinar Now Available!

Missed last week's live webinar, "Potty Training for All"? It's now available in our video archive!

Potty-training expert (and developmental and occupational therapist) Dr. Laura Mraz presented an hour's worth of clear and effective strategies for potty training your child.

Viewing is free for members. Visit npnparents.org/videos now!

 

 

 

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it

While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are common during those months and should be expected.

Toilet training regression, however, is defined as loss of these daytime skills long after the process is complete. It is understandably frustrating and concerning for parents when their child, several months diaper-free, suddenly refuses to...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Tim Porter

This is how to parent without guilt or anger & more 1-2-3 Magic tips

Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.

The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM by Thomas Phelan

Why kids lie, and why it's okay

“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to blame. After a booming count to three (my father’s timeframe to “come clean”), I was punished for vandalism—and lying.

As a child psychologist, I ask parents to list the concerns they have about their child. Although they may report behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or throwing tantrums, th...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM by David Meyerson

Get ahead of falling back: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 4 at 2am, Daylight Saving Time ends—and for parents, this means a lot more than simply setting the clock back an hour.

“Time change can have a drastic impact on children, especially young children who easily become overtired,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of South Loop Montessori School. “More than just cranky moods or unpredictable temper tantrums, restlessness can drive habit-creating challenges that impede upon learning, impact social int...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM

3 steps to make your child bully-proof

As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.

Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...

Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM by Jill M Hope

Toilet choosing vs. toilet training: What’s the difference?

*SPONSORED POST BY SMART LOVE PRESCHOOL*
 

There are countless decisions parents have to make in order to raise happy and competent children. But, thanks to a process called “toilet choosing,” there is one decision that parents don’t need to make—when their child learns to use the toilet!

What is toilet choosing?
Toilet choosing allows your child to choose to use the toilet when she is ready to do so instead of training her according to a set timetable.

All children naturally...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM by Kelly Perez

Signs of undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety & learning disorders in kids

Many parents have questions about their child’s behaviors, feelings, thoughts and academic progress. You may have asked yourself many times, Is this normal? Will my child just grow out of it? Children have robust and complex emotional worlds and they can suffer from emotional and neurodevelopmental illnesses just like adults. Here is a list of a few things to pay attention to if you are concerned about your child:   

Your gut feeling
The most significant, reliable and valid warning si...

Posted on April 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Matthew Hefferon

5 simple ways to help your picky eater become more adventurous

When my eldest, Jack, was a toddler, I thought I had it all figured out. He was (and is) curious, easy going and eager to please. Naturally, these temperamental qualities translate to him being a good and adventurous eater.

As a dietitian, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back. Surely, his good eating skills were because of me, right?

Well—go figure—kid No. 2 had different ideas in mind. My girl, Caitlin, is sweet, observant and smart, but she’s stubborn as all get-out. Plus, she ...

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM by Laura Hoover