Parenting Resources

Prenatal Marijuana Exposure Negatively Affects Toddlers and Preschoolers

Researchers have found marijuana exposure to be associated with poor memory and lower verbal skills in toddlers and preschoolers.

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Hazards of Marijuana

Marijuana can have serious long-lasting effects.

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Tips for Preventing Teen Depression Starting in the Toddler & Preschool Years

Preventing teen depression starts long before your child becomes a teen. If you have a toddler or preschooler, begin your prevention strategy now by encouraging healthy nutrition, promoting adequate sleep, encouraging family meals, and limiting screen time

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Tips for Parenting the "Only" Child

These children have the advantage of having undivided parental time, attention, and resources, but they can have a difficult time interacting with their peers and making friends as they have not had the practice at home of sharing, negotiating, and cooperating with siblings.

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Parenting the "Baby" of the Family

Lastborns are acutely aware that they are the youngest members in the family and know they are competing with their older siblings for attention. They quickly learn they can capture everyone’s attention by making others laugh, so they tend to be engaging and enjoy the company of others.

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Parenting Second Born Children and Middle Children

Second born children tend to “bounce off” the firstborn – or the child immediately ahead of them – often developing opposite traits of the firstborn. Middle children tend to be the most difficult to characterize, having contradictory personality traits.

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Tips for Parenting Firstborn Children

While parents of firstborns tend to be inexperienced and possibly anxious as they are parenting for the first time, these parents may also have more time to parent than when they have subsequent children--which consequently impacts how the child develops.

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How Birth Order Impacts Parenting

Although controversy still surrounds this topic, birth order can give us clues to a child’s development of intelligence and personality traits and help us parent appropriately.

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Helping Preschoolers Practice Friendship Building Skills

Conversational skills, emotional self-control, personal characteristics such as kindness and generosity can all be practiced at home so your children feel more comfortable and competent in social situations.

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Helping Your Child Make Friends

The social skills necessary to develop friendships must be learned and reinforced in childhood to assure lifelong skills.

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