Social Skills

7 Ways to Take the Scare Out of the Dental Chair

Posted February 9, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Help take the fear out of going to the dentist whether it's your child's first or tenth visit. With just a few tricks up your parenting sleeve you can even make the dentist fun.

5 Apps for Autism

Posted February 5, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Your iPhone isn't just a toy — it can be a gateway for your child with autism to develop her skills. Take advantage of the new apps being developed to help children and adults with ASD.

Quick, Easy Access to Medical Advice

Posted January 28, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Parents often question the development of their children as well as whether or not any symptoms they exhibit are serious. But sometimes, getting to the doctor immediately is impossible. Now there is help available right at our fingertips.

Lack of Mother-Toddler Bond Can Lead to Teen Obesity

Posted January 21, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

A new study shows that when a mother and child don't bond well, the child is more likely to become obese. Ensure that you are your children have a strong relationship while building up their emotional health.

How to Provide Arts Education When Your Child’s School Cuts It

Posted January 17, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Numerous studies have shown that exposure to the arts helps children build self-esteem and reach higher academic achievements. Despite these findings, school across the country are being forced to cut art, music, and foreign language classes from their budgets. But you can still provide your child with a solid education in the arts.

11 Ways to a Cozier Home

Posted January 9, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Just because you have children doesn't mean your home has to be a clutter-filled, uncomfortable ball of chaos. You can turn your house into your own cozy corner of the world and make it a place where children and guests feel right at home.

10 Tips for Better Child Behavior in the New Year

Posted January 1, 2012 by Maggie Wells

Do you wish life with your children was just a little bit easier? Are you exhausted at the end of the day because of their behavior? Have you never heard anyone remark in a line at a store how well-behaved your kids are? There's a reason.

5 Ways to Ring in the New Year Family-Style

Posted December 26, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Celebrating the new year doesn't have to be all champagne and fancy footwear. You can make the best memories by including your children in the festivities and making the fun last all year.

5 Festive Holiday Drinks for Kids

Posted December 22, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Clinking glasses is a part of holiday traditions around the world, but the good cheer doesn't have to be reserved for the over-21 crowd. Kids can get in on the fun too.

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: How to Tip Your Service Providers

Posted December 19, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

The holiday season is the perfect time to thank all of your service providers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. If you wonder how much to give, consult this handy list. You'll feel good knowing you tipped each person just right.

How to Not Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Posted December 16, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

The holidays are here and if you aren't careful, they will bring a few extra pounds with them. Avoid the holiday weight gain this year and help yourself to a healthier new year.

Travel Tips and Checklist for Parents

Posted December 14, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Traveling with kids is a tough job. Make sure you are ready to go this season with tips and a checklist for packing, entertaining, and staying safe.

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: 7 Tips to Set Up the Tree with Minimum Stress

Posted December 8, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Oh Christmas tree, you bring us joy and stress! Between the fallen needles and tipping trunk, putting up the tree can be a disaster. This year, make it easier with 7 helpful tips.

7 Special Needs Toys That Rock

Posted December 2, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Toys can double as therapy items for your child with special needs. Be the best Santa you can be this year with some new toys created with your child in mind.

Celebrating Your Christmas Baby’s Birthday

Posted November 27, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

"It's not fair!" Does your child feel cheated out of gifts on her Christmas birthday? Celebrate both events and your child with some simple tips.

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: Holiday Meal Planning Tricks

Posted November 17, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Planning a big holiday meal can ruin your party if you aren't prepared. Knowing a few tricks can mean the difference between a stress-free success or a complete mess. Learn how to plan and prepare properly.

Stay Healthy Tips (and Giveaway!) for Flu Season

Posted November 9, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Sani-Brand wants to help you stay healthy! You could win a free visit by a professional cleaning crew for the holidays! Plus: Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a leading pediatrician, shares her tips for staying healthy this winter.

How Your Smoking Affects Your Children

Posted November 7, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

November 17th is The Great American Smokeout. If you smoke, you aren't just hurting your own health, but your child's too. Secondhand smoke is a leading cause of SIDS, asthma, and lung cancer. Consider quitting this month for your child's sake.

Avoid the Toy Takeover

Posted November 7, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

When you have children, toys can take over your home. Too many toys isn't fun for you, your home, or your kids. Scale back this holiday season and your kids will have more fun than ever.

Teach Table Manners in Time for the Holidays

Posted November 1, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Embarrassed by your child's lack of table manners? It isn't too late to get him dinner party ready in time for the holidays. Just follow the four Rs of teaching manners.