Parenting tips: Raising a family & teaching kids for moms, dads

If 1st baby's early, 2nd will be too

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests.


Hovering parents may harm kids

Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests.


Family key to helping teens avoid obesity

Having a stable family and a good relationship with mom and dad makes young people more likely to develop healthy habits that may protect them against obesity, a new study suggests.


Those baby 'milestones' may have longer-term importance

Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests.


Growth spurts can throw off teen boys' strut

Growth spurts can affect teen boys' coordination and knock the swagger right out of their stride, a new study reveals.


Calling your kid 'fat' could be counterproductive

Two studies highlight the complex relationship between parents' perceptions and their children's weights.


Late dinners won't doom kids to obesity

Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows.


What really works to help baby sleep

Common techniques for helping babies -- and parents -- sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds.


When new moms work longer hours, breast-feeding takes a back seat

Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding.


What works -- and doesn't -- to manage your tot's screen time

As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums.


More kids being poisoned by detergent pods

A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds.


Nagging your kids about weight might backfire

When parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests.


What it really takes to win over a picky eater

How a produce-loving parent confronts her kid's vegetables anxieties head-on


More U.S. women delivering babies at home or birth centers

More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates.


Sleep apnea may hurt kids' grades

When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems -- such as sleep apnea -- they may struggle in school, new research suggests. More>>

More young Americans support gay adoption

Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report.


Tablets often used to pacify difficult kids

Some parents use mobile phones and tablets to calm young children with behavioral problems, a new study finds.


Could adults' expectations drive up ADHD diagnoses in kids?

Rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have risen globally, and adults' unreasonable expectations of young children could be one reason why, researchers suggest.


Study ties parents' criticism to persistent ADHD in kids

Constant criticism from parents reduces the likelihood that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will have fewer symptoms by the time they reach their teens, a new study suggests.


Depression screening should include all pregnant, postpartum women

All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends.


Parental debt may affect kids' behavior

The type of debt parents accrue might affect their child's behavior -- for better or worse, new research suggests.


Average age of first-time moms in U.S. still rising

The average age that American women have their first baby continues to rise, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.


Health warning labels might help parents skip the soda aisle

Health warning labels on sugary beverages -- similar to those on cigarette packs -- might make parents less likely to buy such beverages for their kids, according to new research.


Single parents struggle most to get a good night's sleep

Single parents -- moms in particular -- operate on fewer hours of sleep and have poorer sleep quality than adults in other types of families.


Help your kids sleep in heavenly peace

Changes in routine can shortchange children's sleep during the holidays, so a sleep medicine expert offers some advice for parents.


More IVF tries improve odds of having a baby

Couples having trouble getting pregnant may have a better chance if they have more than the usual three-to-four cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new British study suggests.


Home births may be safe for 'low-risk' pregnancies

Some babies born at home seem to fare as well as similar babies born in a hospital, a new Canadian study finds.


To help your kids get better grades, feed them breakfast

A new study provides more evidence that a good breakfast helps kids do better in school.


Bodily changes don't always signal 'precocious' puberty in kids

Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation. But most of the time it's nothing to worry about, says a new report from a leading group of U.S....


Father time: Make every day Father's Day

This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.

Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.

How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.

Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?

4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.


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