Interacting with our children can be either an experience that produces negative feelings, or a positive one that produces good feelings. These seven tips can help you build a better relationship.
Baby massage has been practiced since ancient times. It can be as simple as a gentle rub with lotion after a bath or a more practiced infant massage. The benefits are many for both baby and parent.
Dear Dr. Laura,
My son is 11 months old. When things don't happen the way he wants them to he throws a fit. He will hit you, throw things and flat out scream for hours if you don't do what he wants. It's hard to know what he wants because he can't talk.
I know he can't talk to express. I just want to know what I can do to make things better, and make him happy. Please help me, I don't know what to do.
Dear Dr. Laura,
My son is 3 months old and everyone keeps telling me that I spoil him. Even my son's gastroenterologist thinks I spoil him too much.
My son has really bad acid reflux. Is it really possible to give an infant too much attention? If it is, then what's the right amount? What's the worst that could happen?
Discipline is one of the most googled words for parents. The word "discipline" has nothing to do with punishment. The root of "discipline" is "disciple," from the verb "to teach." The question, of course, is what kind of discipline is most conducive to learning?
What do babies need? Their parents. Not the cute baby clothes you got at the shower. Not the baby swing, or seat, or crib. Not even diapers. You may need all that. But your baby needs his parents.
Attachment parenting is a new term for an age-old approach. The needs of babies and children have not changed for countless generations -- though our values and parenting styles have. The human race simply would not have survived if mothers had not met the infant's most basic needs.
Ultimately, love is the only leverage we have with our children. Even if they worked, fear and "Because I say so!" only last for as long as they can be physically enforced. Every parent knows how fast children grow; fear works for a very short time if it works at all. Love, on the other hand, becomes a more effective motivator over time.