Positive Parenting

10 Restaurant Etiquette Tips for Parents

Make dining out pleasant for you, your toddler, and the table next to you. Photo © Jodi Jacobson

By Anna Sachse To borrow a simile from Forrest Gump, dining out with a toddler is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get. Even if your kiddo is the world’s best eater, restaurant meals require planning, patience … and consideration for your fellow diners. After all, every person who chooses

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Hugs and Love and Everything Nice: How to Fill Your Child’s “Emotional Bank Account”

When it comes to a child's emotional coffers, parents  hold the purse strings.

In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey likens relationships to emotional bank accounts. We all understand how bank accounts work in the financial world.  When we regularly make deposits, our accounts grow, and we have security should something unexpected happen.  If we only make withdrawals, our accounts are quickly depleted

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Making Friends: How to Raise Kind and Caring Kids

Parents have  a big role to play in helping children become loving adults. Photo (c) Brian Powell/Stocksy United

We all want our children to have good friends—and to be a good friend to others. But friendship doesn’t have the same meaning to a toddler as it does to an adult. “In the early years, it’s less about the friendships themselves and more about parents fostering and modeling the social skills children will need

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Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

Your encouragement is his motivation. Photo © Rob and Julia Campbell/Stocksy United

Hattie Mae Covington is a veritable toilet learning legend—no wonder when you consider she’s been teaching 2-year-olds for 39 years at a KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. Every day she helps toddlers work toward and achieve this major milestone. Want a little at-home assistance? Here Hattie Mae shares her seven real-world strategies for effective (and

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