5 Common Reasons Your Baby Won’t Stop Crying

Crying is the only way that a baby can communicate. They want to communicate their needs with us, but it’s anxious to not have those skills yet. It can be frustrating for parents to hear their baby crying. Fortunately, if you know why your baby is crying, then you will know what you can do to stop it.

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Sweet Sixteen: Should You Get Your Teen a Sweet Ride?

Many teens look forward to getting a car on their 16th birthday. However, even though your child may be 16, that does not mean that they are ready for a car. If you are thinking about giving your teen a car, then there are several things that you will need to take into consideration.

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Parenting a Teen? 4 Lessons to Teach Your Kids Before They Start Driving

One of the biggest rites of passage for a kid is learning how to drive. As a parent of a teenager, it might be scary to think of them taking the wheel, but it’s a greatly important skill for them to have. These are four lessons to teach your kids before they start driving.

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What to Do When Your Kids are Driving You Crazy

Parenting has never been an easy task. With all the things you’re expected to do to take care of your family, it’s understandable that your patience may wear thin every now and then. When your children push you to the point where you feel like you’re about to lose your mind, there are a few things you can do to help. 

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Failing Grades? 4 Ways to Help your Teen Achieve Their Potential

When your teenager is dealing with difficulties in school, it can be discouraging for both of you. As a parent, you want to see your child do well in school. Plus, if there’s anyone who believes in their potential, it would be you. This is why it’s important to harness that encouragement and combine it with these four tips to help your child achieve their potential.

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Teens and Mental Health: How to Talk About Getting and Staying Well

The perspective on mental health is changing, and parents have the opportunity to shape a new generation that doesn’t see mental illness as something secret. The thing is that no one is born knowing about mental health, and many adults today didn’t even learn about anxiety or depression until they were caught in the throes of it. 

Mental illness isn’t a foreign concept to teenagers. One in five teens lives with a mental illness. In fact, half of all chronic mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24, and 90-percent of those deaths are linked to an underlying mental illness. 

The truth of the matter is that your teen might already be struggling and you just don’t know. Whether they’re withdrawn and moody, uncontrollable and experimenting, there are ways to reach out and start talking to them about the importance of mental health. 

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The Year of Togetherness: 5 Activities to Try as a Family in 2019

Today’s hectic schedules make it more important than ever to find time to spend together. Kids who are regularly engaged in family time do better in school, have better communication skills and work more effectively with others. You can provide enjoyable “family time” by finding new activities to engage children’s minds and improve their physical health. Here are a few activities to start with that the entire family can enjoy. 

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They Grow Up So Fast! What Milestones to Watch For In Your Toddler’s Development

Most children go through the same developmental milestones. Yet, each toddler may do them at their own speed, so be careful not to get too upset if your child seems to be lagging behind a bit or is racing through them quicker than normal. Remember it takes kids at both ends to make the norm. Here are some important milestones your child may pass through. 

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How to Use Driving as the Ultimate High School Motivator

Attending driving school, earning a driver’s license and getting a first car are rites of passage for most teenagers. A driver’s license and a vehicle provide teens with more freedom and independence. They also enable the teen to get to and from a job more easily, and this leads to greater financial independence. Rather than simply providing driving school and a first car to your teen, use these are rewards to motivate your teen to succeed in various ways.

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Teaching Your Kids to be Responsible: Benefits of Getting a Family Dog

Many parents wonder how they can make their child more responsible. For some, getting a family dog can help. Remember, however, that a pet is a big responsibility that should be considered carefully before any decisions are made as you have to assume responsibility to see that children complete chores, play with the pet appropriately and handle the veterinarian bills. Here are some of the ways that owning a pet can teach responsibility. 

Feeding

Dogs should be fed dog food on a regular basis. This is a task that many children can handle even if you have to help them in the beginning. One way that some people have handled the child who does not remember to feed their dog is to not feed the child. The child learns the responsibility of caring for a pet even when it is not convenient for them when they are denied their own food. Of course, as soon as the pet is fed, you will want to feed the child. 

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