Social Skills

5 Super Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Posted October 28, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Halloween is almost here! If you still don't have a costume for your kids, don't fear. You probably have some costumes sitting in your house right now just waiting to be made!

Tips From the Doctors for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Posted October 26, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Dr. Sears is a respected pediatrician and one of the top docs on the TV show The Doctors. He recently chatted with Parenting Squad about his best tips for keeping your family safe and healthy on Halloween.

Dealing With F Bombs and Other Foul Language From Mommy and Child

Posted October 19, 2011 by Maggie Wells

I always swore like the proverbial sailor AND swore I'd stop once I had kids. I'd love to pretend that my kids learned the 7 words you can't say on TV from the school yard, but some of them they learned from me. How do we keep our language and our children's language gutter-free?

9 Tips for Throwing a Child’s Birthday Party

Posted October 14, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Do not make your child's birthday party a stressful occasion. Have fun with it, and use these planning tips to help make it a special day for child, your family, and all the guests.

Help Your Child With Autism Enjoy Trick-or-Treating

Posted October 7, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

For many children with autism, Halloween causes a complete sensory overload. But with some preparation, you and your child can enjoy trick-or-treating or some other holiday fun.

The Cooperative Toddler

Posted October 1, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Toddlers are known for temper tantrums, but it doesn't have to be that way. Some simple tricks of the trade can help you and your child avoid complete meltdowns — most of the time.

7 Surefire Ways to Survive Your Mother-In-Law

Posted September 30, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Love her or hate her, your mother-in-law is hard to avoid. But don't worry — no matter what kind of relationship you have, you'll love these 7 surefire ways to survive it!

How to Teach Your Child Good Hand Hygiene

Posted September 28, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Good hand hygiene is a must for all of us. Make sure your child knows how to wash her hands and use sanitizer as she heads off to school during cold and flu season.

Back to School With Learning Disabilities

Posted August 11, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Back to school time can be stressful for all children, particularly those with a learning disability. The new school year can bring on fears of homework, speaking in class, or being bullied. Help your child make this year her best yet.

Them’s Fightin’ Words: 7 Discipline Tactics for Strong-Willed Children

Posted August 10, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Let's face it: strong-willed children are a challenge. The sooner we realize we can't actually make them do anything, the better off we'll be. Check out these suggestions for putting good discipline into practice to get the best out of your child and your relationship with him.

Safety and the Autonomous Child

Posted July 24, 2011 by Maggie Wells

This summer has brought us reminders of the stranger danger our children face simply by taking a walk. How do we as parents walk a line that gives them their autonomy, keeps them safe, and doesn't go into the gory details of why we are worried?

Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Posted July 9, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Raising a daughter? Then Peggy Orenstein's new book "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" is a must-read this summer.

Homemade Summer Fun: The June Education Roundup

Posted June 29, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

No need to make lots of trips to the water park, or buy a bunch things for your family to have fun in the sun. Help your children practice good skills and make up their own fun with these do-it-yourself projects: guaranteed to provide of enjoyment throughout the summer months.

7 Fun Meal Ideas for Picky Eaters

Posted May 30, 2011 by Sonja Stewart

Facing mealtimes with a picky eater doesn't have to be disastrous. Just add a little fun to the recipe with these simple meal ideas.

Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Posted May 27, 2011 by Sonja Stewart

Working moms and stay-at-home moms, unite! We need a unified front to win the battle of mommy-hood. Besides, it's always much more fun to get along.

3 Apps to Protect Your Child From Cyber Bullies

Posted May 9, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Bullies have easy access to your child via the internet and cell phones. But new technology can help you stop the bullying and keep your child safe.

26 Kindergarten Readiness Indicators

Posted May 8, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Kindergarten is a major milestone in a child's life. Help make sure your young one has the skills needed to start a successful year.

We Love You, Mom! A Mother’s Day Roundup

Posted May 2, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Stop here for a little bit of history, great publications for moms, and a long list of spectacular gifts for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all our mom readers, and best wishes to the families who celebrate them.

7 Reasons to Get Your Children Involved in Sports

Posted April 19, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Spring sports are underway, and summer sports are coming up. Competitive or not, there are all kinds of benefits to encouraging your child's participation.

Book Review: Raising Lions by Joe Newman

Posted April 9, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

A book for parents and educators of children who are strong-willed, or are diagnosed with behavior disorders, Raising Lions is a must-read.