ADHD Medicines

ADHD Medicines

Medicine doesn’t cure ADHD. But it does help boost a child's ability to pay attention, slow down, and have more self-control. This article for parents has details on how ADHD medicines help.

ADHD and School

ADHD and School

ADHD can affect a child's ability to do well in school and even make friends. This article for parents has tips on working with teachers to help your child succeed.

Therapy for ADHD

Therapy for ADHD

Therapy is part of the treatment for most kids and teens diagnosed with ADHD. This article helps parents learn what to expect and how therapy works.

ADHD

ADHD

ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.

A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years

A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years

You've lived through 2 AM feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues. So why is the word "teenager" causing you so much anxiety?

Kids and Alcohol

Kids and Alcohol

As much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol before it is legal for them to drink it. Here's what you need to know.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with binge eating disorder.

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

Unfortunately, bullying is a common part of childhood. But parents can help kids cope with it and lessen its lasting impact.

Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

Hear from teens who've been bullied - and what they did about it.

Helping Kids Cope With Cliques

Helping Kids Cope With Cliques

With cliques prevalent in middle and high school, most kids encounter them at some point. Here's how parents can help kids maintain confidence and self-respect while negotiating cliques.

Compulsive Exercise

Compulsive Exercise

Even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more about it and ways to help a teen who cuts.

Disciplining Your Child With Special Needs

Disciplining Your Child With Special Needs

Here's how to set boundaries and communicate your expectations in a nurturing, loving way.

Disciplining Your Child

Disciplining Your Child

It's important to be consistent about discipline. If you don't stick to the rules and consequences, kids aren't likely to either. Find out how to vary your approach to fit your family.

Soiling (Encopresis)

Soiling (Encopresis)

If your child has bowel movements in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. Many kids who soil beyond the years of toilet teaching have a condition known as encopresis.

Firesetting

Firesetting

Kids often are curious about fire. So it's important for parents to educate them about the dangers of fire and keep them away from matches, lighters, and other fire-starting tools.

Your Child's Habits

Your Child's Habits

Nail biting, hair twirling, thumb sucking, and nose picking - these childhood habits are common. Here's how to deal with them.

Helping Teens Who Cut

Helping Teens Who Cut

Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more how to help a teen who cuts.

Teaching Kids Not to Bully

Teaching Kids Not to Bully

Whether bullying is physical or verbal, if it's not stopped it can lead to more aggressive antisocial behavior - and interfere with a child's success in school and ability to form and sustain friendships.

Delayed Speech or Language Development

Delayed Speech or Language Development

Knowing what's "normal" and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

All kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways over and over again. OCD can get better with the right attention and care.

Parenting a Child With ADHD

Parenting a Child With ADHD

Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help kids improve and do well.

Parenting a Teen With ADHD

Parenting a Teen With ADHD

Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help teens improve and do well.

Pica

Pica

Some young kids have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by cravings to eat nonfood items.

Teaching Your Child Self-Control

Teaching Your Child Self-Control

Tantrums and outbursts can rile even the most patient parents. Helping kids learn self-control teaches them how to respond to situations without just acting on impulse.

My Child Is Stealing

My Child Is Stealing

Your child does homework on time, helps you clear the table, and even helps with housework. So can it be true that this same child is stealing? Before you react, know a little about why kids steal and where to get help.

Kids and Smoking

Kids and Smoking

The health risks of smoking are well known, yet every year many young people take up smoking. Here's how to help your kids avoid smoking or using chewing tobacco - or quit, if they've already started.

Breath-Holding Spells

Breath-Holding Spells

Kids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

One of the most important goals of kids' sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here's how to set a good example for your kids.

Steroids

Steroids

Get the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids and teens to try them.

Biting

Biting

There are ways to get to the bottom of your toddler's biting habit. These steps can help.

Stuttering

Stuttering

Many young kids go through a stage when they stutter. Stuttering usually goes away on its own but in some cases lasts longer.

About Teen Suicide

About Teen Suicide

When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.

Talking to Your Child About Drugs

Talking to Your Child About Drugs

Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts now.

Temper Tantrums

Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. Get the facts on managing - and preventing - temper tantrums.

Taming Tempers

Taming Tempers

Controlling outbursts can be difficult for kids - and helping them learn to do so is a tough job for the parents who love them. But just about every child can improve with the right coaching.

Toilet Teaching Your Child

Toilet Teaching Your Child

Even before your child is ready to try the potty, you can prepare your little one by teaching about the process. Here are some tips.

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