Are you the lucky parent of a 2 1/2-year-old? At this age, kids are often funny, delightful, and fun to be around. They're discovering the power of words and enjoy commenting on their environment. Learn more about your 2 1/2-year-old. Read The 2 1/2-year-old
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Seeing your baby's hair snipped off at the first haircut can be a bittersweet experience for you. And your child may find the whole thing unsettling and even scary. Here's how to create a tear-free trip to the hair salon. Read Your Little One’s First Haircut
Tinkle without the tantrum
Watch the "Finding the fun in potty training" video for handy tips on making every tinkle a happy one.
Your sweet baby's transition to a talking-back tot may come as a shock, but you can help tame bad behavior with the right tactics. Read on for parenting advice that may help ease future outbursts. Read Help Tame Toddler Tantrums
Reading aloud to young children is the single most effective thing parents can do to help prepare their children to succeed in school. Unfortunately, fewer than half of U.S. children ages 5 and under are read to every day, placing them at risk for reading delays and school failure.
Getting your child to help out with chores around the house will help teach responsibility and build self-esteem. Follow these tips to get started at the right age and with the right chores. Read How Old Is Old Enough for Chores?
'Mine!' 'No, it's mine!' Is there a toddler or preschooler in your house who's struggling with sharing? Sharing is difficult, and no one is born ready to share all the time. Learn about some great ways to help our children with sharing. Read Share and Share Alike
Many of us have wonderful childhood memories of time spent with Grandma and Grandpa. We can share this gift with our own children by keeping them in close touch with their grandparents. Learn more about celebrating grandparents. Learn more about celebrating grandparents.
My daughter is 26 months old and has recently begun to lick everything: table tops, floors, windows, mirrors, and even floors in public places. Not only is this embarrassing, but can't it also make her sick? And why is she doing this? Does she lack in vitamins? She has even licked the cat and vomited because the fur was in her throat. Is my daughter's behavior normal? Read My 26-month-old licks everything -- is this normal?
My 3-year-old son says that he "HATES" people. Everywhere we go it's "I hate this" or "I hate that." I don't understand why he says this. My husband and I never say that. We try to tell him that it's wrong to hate, but he keeps on saying that. Read Why does my 3-year-old say he "hates" people?
My 2-year-old son is refusing to eat dinner at night. I give him a choice, within reason, as to what he can eat at lunchtime, but at dinnertime I don't make anything extra. My husband and I are having many disagreements as to what we should do about this. My husband thinks that he should be forced to sit at the table with us until he eats, or at least until we finish dinner. My son just screams when this is done, and I don't feel that we're getting anywhere. I feel that if he isn't going to eat it, I'm not going to force the issue, but I don't reward this by giving him treats. What is the right way to handle this? Should I be offering him his dinner continuously throughout the evening if he gets hungry or offering him anything at all nutritious that he will eat? Read What should I do when my 2-year-old refuses to eat dinner?
I have a 3-year-old, and if we are out playing somewhere or have play dates at our home, when it comes time for fun time to end, she throws tantrums. She won't listen to me at all and will cry for one to two hours straight. What can I do? I've done away with all play dates for the time being because she gets so out of control Read Any suggestions for a 3-year-old who has a tantrum whenever a play date ends?
My 3-year-old son won't go near my new baby, who is 1 month old. He did when the baby was born, but now he won't, and he tells everyone that the baby is bad or that he hates him. But my 18-month-old loves the baby and has no problem with him. What's up with my 3-year-old? Read Why does my 3-year-old resent his 1-month-old brother?
My 4 1/2-year-old daughter has been having this problem for about year and half now: She cries over something and after a while she throws up. Last night we went to a carnival, where she played a game and lost. The prize was a live goldfish. We explained to her that she lost and couldn't have a fish. After a little hesitation she calmed down. But when she got home she repeated the whole story again and started crying over why she didn't get a fish. Then she threw up all her dinner. Is this psychological or physical? Please tell me what I should do. Read Is it normal for a preschooler to get so upset that she throws up?
My 27-month-old son does not speak, whereas other kids his age are able to speak sentences. He says only about 10 or 12 meaningful English words -- the rest are all sounds. But he understands completely everything we say. His doctor says it is because we speak our native language (Hindi) at home, and everywhere else, including on the TV, he hears English. We are very worried -- what should we do? Read My 27-month-old son does not speak English -- what should we do?
Why does my 22-month-old have a fit when we try to change her diaper or her clothes? When she knows we are coming toward her to change her diaper or her clothes, she runs from us screaming, "No!" Sometimes it takes both of us holding her down to get the job done. Why does she do this anWhy does my 22-month-old have a fit when we try to change her diaper or her clothes? When she knows we are coming toward her to change her diaper or her clothes, she runs from us screaming, "No!" Sometimes it takes both of us holding her down to get the job done. Why does she do this and what can we do to remedy this situation? Read How should we handle our 22-month-old's screaming fits during diaper or clothing changes?
My 1-year-old daughter has a cleft of the soft palate and we are having some problems teaching her to drink from a sippy cup and straw. She just doesn't know to suck. She has been using a special nipple (Medela Haberman) since she was about a week old. Do you have any suggestions? She will have surgery to correct the cleft in a few months. Read How can I teach my 1-year-old, who has a cleft palate, to drink?
I was using time outs to discipline our 2-year-old when he did something he knew he shouldn't. We were putting him in the playpen for the time outs. But now he can climb out of the playpen. I need another option to show him that when he disobeys there are consequences. Read How can I discipline my 2-year-old without using time outs?
My 2 1/2-year-old daughter will not let me do anything for her. For example, she won't let me change her diaper or put on her clothes or her jacket. I also have a hard time getting her to bed. I am so frustrated and late for everything, even my job. When I start to dress her she tells me "no" and I have to struggle with her. Please help. I am at my wits' end. Read My 2 1/2-year-old won't let me do anything for her what should I do?
Part of each wellness visit is to plot your baby's growth on a percentile chart. Over time, you and your health care provider will be able to see if your child is growing at the expected rate. Use our charts to track your child's growth. Read Your Baby's Growth Chart
Have you tried using time-out as a discipline strategy for your child? Many parents find it can be a very effective tool for toddlers and preschoolers. We've got some great suggestions on making it work. Learn more about time-outs. Read Making Time-out Work for You
This is a great age for language development. Your 2-year-old is probably learning new words every day, putting words together ("Go car?"), and following two-step directions ("Get your coat and come to the car"). Find out more. Read Language Leaps
Your usually friendly child has suddenly starting hitting people — yikes! To curb this behavior, you may want to try providing positive support when your child uses words, not hands, to communicate. Get more tips on how to help. Read Helping Little Sluggers
Our kids are getting better and better at performing all kinds of intricate tasks with their hands. We can help by letting them practice eating with silverware, even if it gets messy. Learn more about developing fine motor skills. Read Little Fingers
At 26 months, kids pick up language at truly amazing rates. Get ready to hear your preschooler put together two or more words in phrases or sentences, and to make the switch from "me" to "I." Find out more about language development. Read Language Landmarks
Sometimes our kids are not gentle or careful when playing with their pets. In part this is due to enthusiasm and curiosity. Learn more about why kids are rough and how to help them. Read Rough With Rover
It's a joy for us to watch how physically independent our children are becoming. Every day there are more things they can do by themselves, from walking backward to hopping and jumping. Get some tips on keeping our mobile kids safe. Read Living Exuberantly
Your baby is a real kid now, venturing out into an expanding world. A 4-year-old is focused on discovery, role-playing, gender behavior, relationships, and increased memory. Find out more about your 4-year-old. Read Now They Are 4
We can't help worrying and becoming upset when our children lie. But understanding why and when lying occurs may help us guide and teach our kids to make other choices, and help correct the behavior, too. Learn more about why kids lie. Read Why Kids Lie
Now that your toddler is becoming a preschooler, you may want to try some different approaches to discipline. Catching your child being good, for instance, is a simple, powerful tool for changing behavior. Get more suggestions. Read Discipline Beyond Time-Out
We have all felt the pain of a shy child. In fact, most of us have been shy at one time or another. Learn more about the biological and situational roots of shyness, and how to help a shy child. Read The Shy Child
Learning to speak takes motor coordination of the mouth, tongue, throat, and even lungs — a big job for a child. We can help our kids by being patient and by guessing at meanings of words we can't quite make out. Get more tips. Read Sounding It Out
We all want to help our children develop language. Luckily, there are many ways to pitch in. One is by talking to our kids: the "denser" the language environment, the more they'll learn. Using correct grammar is another way. Get more tips. Read Be a Language Cheerleader
Since our kids like to imitate us, why not show them ways to help around the house? Some easy chores kids can do (with parental supervision) include dusting, watering plants, and sorting laundry. Get more ideas. Read A Helping Hand at Home
We know that our children will encounter challenges as they grow and develop. And if we understand what's causing stress in our kids' lives, we may become more effective in helping them through it. Learn more about kids and stress. Read Stressed-Out Kids
We used to be the favored playmates, but now, our kids really crave the company of other kids. Going to preschool or day care provides this, and we can also try a play group or another planned activity. Get more tips on kid interaction. Read Peer Pleasure
Preschoolers are curious about what various body parts are for. And this may lead to some very blunt questions being asked in public! It's a good idea for us to keep our answers simple, and at our child's level of understanding. Learn more. Read Sexual Curiosity: A Child's Perspective
At this age, our kids will imitate almost anything we do — including our bad habits. Gulp! And they'll also imitate what they see being done on TV. Time to be on our best behavior, and to pay attention to TV watching, too. Find out more. Read Monkey See, Monkey Do
Our kids love to watch TV. It can be helpful to have a plan in place to guide what they watch and limit the amount of time spent in front of the tube. Learn more about planning your child's TV viewing. Read What's On? The Smart Approach to Watching TV
Are you starting to think about preschool? It can be hard to tell if your child is ready, since children develop at their own pace and in their own way. Find out some good ways to gauge social skills and preschool readiness. Read Preschool Readiness
We all want to teach our children the proper way to behave, but the word "discipline" can often be scary. Thankfully, there are many positive ways to guide your child in right direction. Find out more about positive discipline. Read Positive Discipline: A Guide For Parents
A visit to the place where you work or volunteer can be fun, and eye opening, for a preschooler. Your child can see that you play a wider role in the world, in addition to being Mom or Dad. Get some great tips on planning a successful visit. Read Taking Kids on Outings
It's the end of the day, and everyone is tired (make that exhausted!). But getting our little ones to settle down and fall asleep can be tricky. Find out how to set up an effective bedtime routine. Read Bedtime Rituals That Work
Three-year-olds are fascinating creatures. Fantasy, imagination, and their attempts to really be in charge of their lives make them very special. Learn more about your 3-year-old's development. Read Now They Are 3
Setting the stage for reading can be a lot of fun with a young child. There are many things you can do together, like going to the library, learning rhymes and songs, and telling bedtime stories. Get more ready to read tips. Read Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Toddlers
Is your child making some big language leaps right now (and talking your ear off)? Between 30 and 36 months, children may start to construct sentences of four or five words, tell stories, and ask 'what' and 'where' questions. Learn more. Read Talking a Blue Streak: Language and Your Toddler
Does your child fight a lot? Some toddlers and preschoolers get into repeated and escalating tussles which can be a tough situation for them and for us, too. Get some tips and insight on helping kids cope with aggressiveness. Read Kids Who Fight
Our children love words and rhymes. It's fun to read short poems together and to learn them, too. We can also make up some rhymes together, perhaps one for each part of the day — waking up, riding in the car, and so on. Get more ideas. Read Rhyme Time
Our children learn all the time—about themselves, other people, and their world. And much of this learning takes place through play, their favorite activity. Find out how you can support and create learning opportunities for your child. Read How Young Children Learn
Being bullied or being a bully is tough for a child. It's difficult for us as parents, too. We may not know what to do to change the behavior, or even recognize it in the first place. Learn more about bullying. Read Bullying
For many of us, figuring out when to enroll our child in kindergarten is a complex decision. Kids develop at different rates and on different timelines, so age isn't always the most helpful cue. Find out more about kindergarten readiness. Read A Kindergarten Readiness Guide
Our babies are learning, growing, and changing every day, and watching this happen is one of our chief joys as parents. Questions about what your baby is up to these days? Get some answers by using this tool. Read Baby Development Milestones
A child's whining can push the buttons of just about any parent. But learning more about why our child whines may help us figure out a smart strategy to curb the behavior. Get some insight on whining. Read Whining: It Can Drive You Nuts
Ouch! Is your child starting to bite other kids or adults? Don't be discouraged. Biting is a common behavior among toddlers and preschoolers, who often have strong feelings and limited language ability. Get some tips on dealing with biting. Read Biting