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What is Parenting?

Parenting is the process of raising and educating a child from birth until adulthood. This is usually done in a child's family by the mother and/or father. Where parents are unable or unwilling to provide this care, it is usually taken on by close relatives, such as older siblings, aunts and uncles, or grandparents. In other cases, children may be cared for by adoptive parents, foster parents, godparents, or in institutions (such as group homes or orphanages).
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All About Children
Parenting is not learned by instinct; it requires many complex skills. Parents have responsibility for the physical, emotional, social, sexual, behavioural, educational, creative and spiritual development of their children. And at the same time they must love them unconditionally. Tony Humphreys recognises the many and varied challenges faced
Relaxed parents are stress management experts
An interview with Sarah McCrum, director of the Academy of Potential EducationJimmy Allen: If you were to give parents a simple and quick piece of advice to help with stress management and improving their children's behavior, what would that be?Sarah McCrum: Well, I once met a parenting consultant
Teen Sleep Problems Lead to Depression & Drug Abuse
Sleep problems in children and teens have reached a crisis level in America. New science shows that these issues are setting the table for obesity, depression, drug abuse, and future cardiovascular disease. Specific biological pathways have now been defined that explain how sleep problems may lead directly to
Pregnancy Cautions: Caffeine, Stress, & Depression.
While a child is developing in the womb major imprints are made on the developing nervous system that may affect brain health, growth, obesity, and future cardiovascular risk. If children are to maximize their genetic potential then good parenting during pregnancy is a must. The British Medical Journal
The Blended Family Hopes, Fears, and Tasks
Hope springs eternal, and there’s nowhere that’s more true than a couple taking the leap of faith into a second marriage. To all those who dare to hope that their second marriage (or third, or fourth) will be better than the last, I say congratulations and good luck!
Healthy Smiles for the Fam: 4 Tips to Help Kids Keep Their Pearly Whites Clean
Parenting young kids can be a challenge. It can sometimes even be a challenge to get youngsters to be willing to brush their teeth at night. If you want your kids to relish amazing oral health, then you need to promote in-depth dental hygiene practices at all times.
3 Important Things to Know and Understand before You Start a Family
If you have decided to start trying to have a baby, you may have an idyllic image of what your pregnancy experience will be like. You may also have grand expectations about what your growing family will be like for decades to come. However, there are no guarantees
How Hostile Bacteria Take Up Unwanted Residence
Some of the worst bacterial infections have learned how to trick and evade the human immune response, allowing themselves to set up shop and wreak havoc to health. Two new studies help explain how problematic bacterial infections work their evil. In the first study, gene arrays were used
ADD/HD and refined sugars: Not such a sweet combination
I recently read an article concerning a study that showed that children are perfectly happy with non-sugary cereal (as a opposed to sugary cereal) when they have options. When I was reading the article, several concerns rose up. First was the fact that when given a choice, kids
My Son Is Terribly Shy, What Can I Do To Help Him?
Q. "I have a 7-year old son who is so shy he will hardly talk to anyone outside of our family. How can I help him?"A. Some children are naturally slower than others to warm to people. Still, they can usually learn to overcome their fears and become
Oxytocin and Parenting
It's a mom and pop thingPhiladelphia, PA, 20 August, 2010 - The hormone oxytocin has come under intensive study in light of emerging evidence that its release contributes to the social bonding that occurs between lovers, friends, and colleagues. Oxytocin also plays an important role in birth and
3 Common Kid Injuries and How To Help Them
Injuries in childhood are a rite of passage and an unavoidable part of parenting. Knowing how to help your child when an accident happens, and when to seek professional help, isn't always easy. Learn the basics for how to prevent and treat these three common childhood injuries and
All you need to know about drinking raw milk and WHY you should drink it
    Raw milk is quite widely misunderstood and often throws fear around consuming it. It is most common to think that pasteurized milk is the safest to drink and you really need to steer clear of any milk that doesn't represent that label. Well truth be told; you actually should
How to Raise the Standard & Change Your Family's Health Culture
With media sources regularly talking about issues related to childhood and adult obesity and other health issues, you understandably may be concerned about the health and well-being of your loved ones. Because the diet and exercise habits of family members are usually similar, you may be able to
ADHD Linked to Early Life Instability & Sleep Problems
A new Canadian study analyzes the sleep habits from children age 1.5 to 5 years looking for an association between sleep problems and the development of ADHD.  The study confirms something I have been pointing out for a number of years - that an unstable family sets the
Help Your Baby Develop Character
How Can We Help Children Learn about Character? Children learn about strong character when parents and other adults in their daily lives   set a good example through their own behavior and actions,   set and communicate high standards and clear expectations,   coach them on
What Defines A Good Parent?
Someone who is honest, loving, kind, leads by example, thoughtful and disciplines are just a few traits that might describe a good parent. Nearly all parents or parents to be have asked themselves the question, "am I a good parent?" at one point in their life. The
How to get your child the extra help they need in school
Extra help in school. (Applicable mainly to the UK) The British government promised "that a child with special educational needs should have their needs met" (sec. 1.3, SEN Code of Practice, 2001). Even though it's printed for all to see, they won't be able to keep the promise,
Help! My Child Won't go to School
"How do I get my nine-year-old daughter to school? She seems to have tummy aches or headaches constantly, and misses several days of school each week. Any suggestion that she must go and she screams and cries and seems to be genuinely afraid of going to school. What