What Is Free-Range Parenting and What Are Its Pros and Cons?

The adage goes "catch a man a fish, and you feed him for a meal. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." It encapsulates the concept of free-range parenting. All parents worry about what happens to their kids when they aren't around. There's a need to help them function independently, and parenting in a free-range manner helps to…

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10 Signs of Mom Burnout and How to Cope with It in Quarantine

With COVID-19 leading to prolonged school closure in many countries, many hassled moms are wondering how to keep their little ones occupied. The stress is heavy; mom burnout happens even when everyone's hale and hearty. So, how is an overwrought mom, flooded by the responsibilities of caregiving, supposed to cope?  The situation's worse if you've received a Stay At Home order. We have…

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Why Do Children Lie? The Science of Deceptive Behavior

Child lying refers to children displaying varying degrees of deceptive behavior in a social situation. Why do children lie? Children have been observed lying as early as age 2 and their deceptive skills increase sharply as they mature into adolescence. Those who have advanced cognitive skills for their age have an increased tendency to begin lying at earlier ages. Children may lie for various…

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11 Signs of Overly-Critical Parents and How to Handle Them

Does your mom or dad keep telling you that you're raising your children the wrong way? Do your parents keep telling you to get a better job than the one you have now? If the answer to these rhetorical questions is yes, you may be dealing with critical parents. If your mom or dad never seems to have anything nice to say about you,…

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4 Signs of a Manipulative Teenager and How to Parent One

Your manipulative teenager understands how to push your buttons. This youngster knows what he or she wants from you, and how to get it. Teens master the art of manipulation quickly, and you’ll become wrapped around their little fingers if you’re not quick enough to realize that they’ve taken advantage of you. So how would you know if they are trying to get…

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6 Reasons Why Yelling at Kids Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Every parent wants the best for their children. Unfortunately, it's the reason many of them make unwise parenting choices. The startling truth is that yelling at kids can cause more damage than they think. Discipline is a long-drawn, frustrating process. Sadly, kids seldom grow when adults are always yelling at them; it has the opposite effect. We explain why, and what you can…

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Why Is Parental Involvement Important for a Child’s Success?

This question never fails to trigger thoughts and opinions from parents - how much is parental involvement needed for a child's success? The answer to this is clear. Parents need to participate in their children's education to guarantee the latter's success in school. Their concern should be not whether, but how and when they should be involved. Why Parental Involvement is Important for…

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Parental Alienation: Signs, Causes and Long-Term Effects

Parental alienation describes a process through which a child becomes estranged from a parent as the result of the psychological manipulation of another parent. The child's estrangement may manifest itself as fear, disrespect or hostility toward the parent, and may extend to additional relatives or parties. The child's estrangement is disproportionate to any acts or conduct attributable to the alienated parent. Parental alienation…

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6 Cues of Baby Body Language and How to Understand Them

If you’re a new mom, understanding your baby won’t be so easy. Your best bet is to learn baby body language to decode your youngster. I remember being a new mom, and boy did I panic on many occasions. I had no idea half the time what my baby wanted or needed. The only reason I could decode a small bit of baby…

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Do You Have Overbearing Parents? 7 Signs & How to Handle Them

You're scared silly when it comes to having Sunday Dinner with your overbearing parents, and dread the off-the-cuff, critical remarks they make. You're not alone. You shouldn't fear your parents since you're an adult. But it's hard to deal with their tight control, even after decades. If you're uncomfortable with how yours relate to you, you'll find this article useful. Why Are Some…

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