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Gender stereotyping, arguing and being overly critical: Eight of the most common parenting mistakes. Often dubbed life’s most important job, parenthood is not an easy task and with no definite rule book it can sometimes be hard for people to judge if their parenting techniques are for the best.

Gender stereotyping, arguing and being overly critical: Eight of the most common parenting mistakes

Answering the question, “What are the most common parenting mistakes?” Is It OK To Spank A Misbehaving Child Once In A While? Spanking, or, as it’s formally known, “corporal punishment,” has been much in the news of late.

Is It OK To Spank A Misbehaving Child Once In A While?

Why You Should Adopt (and Not Create) Children. By Tauriq Moosa The idea of being a parent should be thought through more carefully.

Why You Should Adopt (and Not Create) Children

As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do To Support Them? The teenage years are marked by paradoxes.

As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do To Support Them?

Even as teens’ cognitive and problem-solving capacities are expanding, many adolescents experience declines in academic performance, coupled with an increase in behavioral and mental health concerns. Research shows that parental involvement helps stave off these negative trends — but it also reveals that parents’ school-related involvement drops during these years as teens seek greater independence. To add to the challenge, parents may find that strategies that worked in elementary school are no longer effective.

Why Dance is Possibly the Best Activity for Kids. By Dustin Petzold When I was growing up, the kids (mostly girls) in my school who studied dance seemed even more athletic than the jocks and the gym class heroes.

Why Dance is Possibly the Best Activity for Kids

They were slender, but solid, with long, strong limbs that could contort in ways that defied everything I'd learned about the limitations of the human body. Surely, those abilities were the result of a strict practice regimen that required physical endurance and raw talent. A new study from UC San Diego paints a different picture. 10 Things Most Parents Are Dead Wrong About: Backed By Research.

Teaching Kids How to Learn Without Study Drugs. Getty Images.

Teaching Kids How to Learn Without Study Drugs

35 Clever Parenting Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know. Raising kids is the hardest job in the world.

35 Clever Parenting Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know

Here are some tips that will make parenting easier and bring a smile to your children’s faces. Enjoy and don’t forget to take notes! 1 | This cute baby mop suit lets your child crawl and help out around the house at the same time. Source: betterthanpants.com. Here's What School Lunches Around the World Look Like. In school cafeterias in Italy, children enjoy local fish on a bed of arugula, caprese salad, red grapes and fresh bread.

Here's What School Lunches Around the World Look Like

In Korea, lunch includes fish soup, tofu, steamed rice and bell peppers. In the US, though, school cafeterias are serving up frozen chicken nuggets, processed fruit preserved in syrup and cookies. Those are some of the findings illustrated in a recent photo series compiled by SweetGreen, an East Coast salad restaurant chain. 38 things you should know about being a mum. Nicci Gerrard Mother of four.

38 things you should know about being a mum

Diez pautas para educar. Carloooos!

Diez pautas para educar

Que te he dicho que te duches, te sientes a la mesa y recojas tu cuarto… ¡YA! Diez pautas para educar. Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies. Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right. How To Parent Like a German. The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to their children who were hanging off a wooden dragon 20 feet above a sand pit. Where were the piles of soft padded foam? The liability notices? The personal injury lawyers? How to Raise Happy Kids: 10 Steps Backed by Science. Overprotective Parents Don't Understand Probability. By Robert Montenegro A few days ago, I wrote about societal fear by way of a lovely article in The Washington Post comparing America's increasingly insular behavior to the symptoms of agoraphobia.

Riding on a similar wave, Deborah Vlock has a nice piece over at Psychology Today about how the 24/7 news cycle fuels the irrational fears of overprotective parents: "Our virtual bad-news bubbles scare us. Why Amish Kids Are Happier than Yours. The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Alan E. Kazdin. Raising a Moral Child. Genetic twin studies suggest that anywhere from a quarter to more than half of our propensity to be giving and caring is inherited.

That leaves a lot of room for nurture, and the evidence on how parents raise kind and compassionate children flies in the face of what many of even the most well-intentioned parents do in praising good behavior, responding to bad behavior, and communicating their values. By age 2, children experience some moral emotions — feelings triggered by right and wrong. To reinforce caring as the right behavior, research indicates, praise is more effective than rewards. Rewards run the risk of leading children to be kind only when a carrot is offered, whereas praise communicates that sharing is intrinsically worthwhile for its own sake.

But what kind of praise should we give when our children show early signs of generosity? Many parents believe it’s important to compliment the behavior, not the child — that way, the child learns to repeat the behavior. Photo. 6 Sneaky but Scientific Ways to Help Kids Learn. 10 Things Most Parents Are Dead Wrong About: Backed By Research.