Social Skills

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Books for Young Ones

Posted October 19, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Halloween can be downright frightening for little children. Make it more fun than scary with these cute books, perfect for your baby, toddler, or preschooler.

5 Festive Fall Birthday Party Themes

Posted October 5, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Fall is the perfect time of year to throw a festive birthday party. From the farmyard to your backyard, classic fall treats and games are sure to please every child.

Sibling Rivalry: Join Our Tweetchat Today, 9/27, 1:00 CST for a Chance to Win!

Posted September 27, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Sibling rivalry and conflict is today's chat topic. Come give us your suggestions for what works in your family, or come for help and advice from others. #pschat today at 1:00 CST with @parentingsquad on Twitter.

Defiant Children: How Parents Can Survive Sibling Fights

Posted September 26, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Got sibling rivalry? Most families do, but when a child has particularly challenging and defiant behaviors, it adds a whole new element to the conflict. There are steps parents can take to work with children and teach them skills for dealing with difficult behaviors while teaching children life skills in the process.

What Children Can Learn From the Election

Posted September 17, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Voting day is quickly approaching. This is the perfect chance for you to talk with your children about the election and history, as well as responsibility. Use this opportunity to teach your child.

Why Children With Autism Should Have a New Pet

Posted August 22, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

It's a well-known fact that pets provide many benefits to children. But a new study shows that the benefits of having a new pet are substantial for children with autism.

Ready, Set... Kindergarten: Tips for the First Few Weeks

Posted August 11, 2012 by Christa Melnyk Hines

While you can't avoid all the bumps in the road, you can help your child pave the way to a happy, successful start to school. Find out what your child should know before he goes, how to communicate with the teacher, and what to do when your child has a difficult day at school.

8 Tips to Manage Your Mornings Right

Posted August 6, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

You don't have to spend your mornings stressed out and rushing to get out the door. With a bit of preparation and some cooperation from the kids, your morning routine can be relaxed and smooth.

Gymnastics for the Non-Olympian

Posted July 30, 2012 by Maggie Wells

There's no getting around it: someone in your household is going to want to be a gymnast by the time the Olympic closing ceremony airs. What does gymnastics offer the average kid?

Teach Your Child to Make a Difference

Posted July 23, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

July is National Make a Difference to a Child Month. Use it to your advantage. Help children in need AND teach your child compassion.

Can You Discipline Without Yelling?

Posted July 14, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Discipline can be as tough on parents as it is on kids. Consistency is key, but you can effectively discipline your child without punishing her. Instead, try positive discipline to teach your child essential life lessons and help her develop her self-esteem.

Keeping Calm: Join Our Peaceful Tweetchat Today, 6/28 at 1 PM CST for a Chance to Win!

Posted June 28, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Stay calm, and come to today's chat. We're talking about keeping the peace in the face of frustrating parenting moments. You could be our next Amazon gift certificate winner!

Forget Facebook: 6 Safer Social Networks for Children Under 13

Posted June 23, 2012 by Alyssa Chirco

Should kids under 13 really be allowed on Facebook? We don't have the answer, but we have rounded up 6 safer social networks that are specifically designed with kids and safety in mind.

Last-Minute Camp Ideas

Posted June 21, 2012 by Maggie Wells

Did June catch you by surprise and you forgot to make plans for camp for the kids? Maybe one of these will work for your family.

Tech Safety for Tweens and Teens: Join Our Tweetchat Today at 1:00 CST for a Chance to Win!

Posted June 14, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Come chat today, 6/14, at 1:00 CST with other parents about mobile devices and cyber safety for teens and tweens. We'll give away a $10 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky participant!

Cyber Safety: Interview With John Walsh of America's Most Wanted

Posted June 13, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Parenting Squad interviews America's Most Wanted John Walsh on the new dangers involved with teenagers using mobile devices, and what parents can do to help guard their children in an online world.

10 Tips for Fishing With Kids

Posted June 7, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Fishing with kids is a great way to teach new skills and bond as a family. But it can also be frustrating for parent and child if you aren't prepared. These tips can help ensure a fun and safe time is had by all.

Parenting Roles: Join Our Tweetchat Today at 1:00 CST for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Posted June 7, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

How do you and your significant other divvy up the parenting roles and responsibilities at home? Is there more responsibility for one of you, or are things pretty well spread out? Grab a cup of coffee and join our Tweetchat conversation today.

What to Do When the Teacher Is the Bully

Posted May 25, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Most teachers are wonderful, trusted friends to your child. However, some teachers have a history of abuse and bullying. It's important to know how to spot an abusive teacher in order to best protect your child.

8 Ways to Be a Good Sports Parent

Posted May 24, 2012 by Fred Lee

Even though moms and dads have the best of intentions, being a loud or overbearing sports parent can have detrimental consequences.