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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Sex Talk, Family Circle, November 2012
Winner, 2013 Planned Parenthood Maggie Award for Media Excellence
Family Circle
and Planned Parenthood partnered in a nationwide “sex talk” survey. What we learned will change how you talk about sex with your kid. Read more >


Tricky Baby Care Tasks, Parents, November 2014
Expert tips for newborn care. Read more >

Organize Your Health Records, Parents, November 2013
Winner, 2014 National Health Information Award 
How to use Web-based tools like personal health records to organize your family’s health records. Read more >

Baby Toys that Teach, Parents, August 2013
Engaging your little one by talking, singing, and playing games will motivate her to explore even more. Read more >

Teething Time, Parents, July 2013
The first signs of teething typically appear around 4 months. This expert advice will help you handle his sore gums.

Guns Within Reach, Parents, May 2013
Winner, 2014 National Health Information Award
More than 1.5 million children live in households where firearms are kept unlocked and loaded, and over 100 innocent kids are killed every year.
Read this to make sure your child stays safe. Read more >

Key Concepts, Parents, January 2013
Try these inventive ways to teach ABCs, 123s and other basics to your toddler. Read more >

Emotional Rescue, Parents, August 2012
Do your child’s moods swing wildly from minute to minute? We’ve got ways to help smooth the ups and downs. Read more >

The Tender Touch, Parents, February 2012
Your baby loves to be massaged. Here are some basic techniques to help her sleep soundly, grow faster, and get smarter. Read more >

The Great Spanking Debate, Parents, January 2012
Despite all the warnings and criticism, four out of five parents still spank their kids. Many experts believe the negative consequences outweigh any behavior benefits. Who’s right? Read more >

The Case Against Coed, Parents, October 2011
Sex-segregated classrooms used to be the exclusive domain of private schools. Today, about 500 public schools now offer boys- and girls-only classes as an option.
Do boys and girls really learn better apart than together? Read more >

Stop “Summer Slide,” Parents, July 2011
Just because your child is off from school doesn’t mean his mind should take a vacation. Incorporate mind-building activities without eating up precious downtime. Read more >

The Real World, Parents (As They Grow, 7- to 8-Year-Olds), May 2011
Watching the news can be scary for kids this age, but you can help them put current events in perspective.

Keep Your Kids from Growing Up Too Fast, Parents (As They Grow, 7- to 8-Year-Olds), August 2010
Stuck somewhere between childhood and adolescence, today’s grade-schoolers are finding themselves in the throes of a troubling identity crisis. Here are some easy ways to better understand and guide your changing child. Read more >

Battling Tattling, Parents (As They Grow, 7- to 8-Year-Olds), July 2010
Showing your child the difference between sharing information and being an informer will help him learn to work things out on his own.

A Global Guide to Bringing Up Baby, Parents, June 2010
What’s it like to raise children in India or Germany? This around-the-planet peek at parenting can teach us ways to connect at home.

Raise a Kid Who Loves School, Parents, September 2009
This back-to-school guide has everything you need, including tips to prevent morning madness, ways to take the scariness out of school, bus safety advice and talking points to get your child to open up about her day. Read more >

No-Dread Sex Ed, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), April 2009
Talking about the birds and the bees is an ongoing discussion—not a one-shot deal. These tips will help get the conversation started. Read more >

A Kid’s Guide to Grown-Ups, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), March 2009
Knowing how to have polite conversation with adults can benefit your child in the long-term. You can help her build this essential social skill with these tips. Read more >

Starting a Collection, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), July 2008
To a child, collecting things like stuffed animals or trading cards provides an exciting way to become more independent and a common ground for socializing. Learn more about the life lessons your young collector is gathering. Read more >

Great Sports, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), May 2008
Playing in front of cheering (and occasionally jeering) crowds puts pressure on young athletes. These winning strategies will help you handle the toughest team problems.

Help Wanted, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), March 2008
Your child is ready for responsibility, and household chores will teach some important lessons.

Toddlers Behaving Badly, Parents (As They Grow, 1-Year-Olds), February 2008
One-year-olds aren’t too young for discipline. Here are smart ways to correct four common toddler transgressions. Read more >

Math Magic, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), January 2008
Add fun and games to this important subject and soon you’ll be hearing “I love math.” Read more >

“I Want It”, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), December 2007
The holidays are just around the corner—and so are the gimmes. Here’s how to rein them in and not be a Grinch.

Big Deal, Parents, October 2007
Everyone talks about how tall—or short—a child is, but does size really matter? Read more >

Got Kids. Need Sitter, Parents, August 2007
How to find a babysitter you’d trust with your child, any night of the week. Read more >

Gotta Have It! Parents (As They Grow, 1-Year-Olds), August 2007
This is the age when your child may fall hard for a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Here’s a look at common lovey issues. Read more >

Look Who’s Laughing, Parents (As They Grow, 1-Year-Olds), July 2007
Making your child giggle isn’t just fun and games. It’s also a great way to help him learn. Try these techniques to develop your child’s sense of humor. Read more >

The Thrill of the Chill, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), June 2007
Kids this age love a good scare – scary books, movies and amusement park rides. But don’t let things get too frightening.

Brain Boosters, Parents (As They Grow, 1-Year-Olds), November 2006
Your toddler’s brain is a pretty amazing machine. Here are fun and simple activities to encourage your child’s passion for learning.

Raise a Reader, Parents (As They Grow, 2- to 3-Years), September 2006
Your little one might not have mastered the ABCs yet, but that doesn’t mean she’s not ready for the written word. The stories you tell your toddler will inspire her curiosity, creativity, and love of learning.

Funny Business, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Years), August 2006
Studies show that children who develop a good sense of humor are more outgoing and creative. Even if you’ve heard that silly joke before, it’s a good idea to laugh and encourage your little comedian.

Trying for a boy? A girl? How science can help, Parents (Special Report), July 2006
Cutting-edge techniques can help couples conceive the baby of their dreams. But is that such a good thing? Read more >

Diaper Dramas, Parents (As They Grow, Newborn to 12 Months), April 2006
Everything you ever wanted to know (and then some!) about your baby’s poop.

Hey, Look at Me! Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), March 2006
If your child insists on showing off in front of company, help her tone down her act by following these steps.

Wait a Minute, Parents (As They Grow, 4- to 5-Year-Olds), February 2006
If your preschooler’s favorite word is “now,” you can help him learn to be patient.

Tween Idols, Parents (As They Grow, 9- to 12-Years), December 2005
Why preteens start clamoring for the hottest new celebrity – and what you should know when they do.

Do Kids Really Need Preschool? Parents, December 2005
We tell kids never to do something “just because everyone else does,” and yet when it comes to sending children off to preschool, it seems many parents don’t practice what they preach.

Get Psyched for School, Parents, September 2005
The first day of class is just around the corner, and your child’s getting excited – and nervous. Our timeline will make sure she gets off to a great start.

The Late Show, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), August 2005
Plenty of school-age kids struggle with sleep issues, but you can end bedtime battles for good.

First Sleepovers, Parents (As They Grow, 6- to 8-Year-Olds), May 2005
Kids this age are eager to spend the night with their friends, but it’s not always easy for them – or you.


Get Your Child Excited for Camp, Parenting, May 2009
Tips for getting your preschooler ready for summertime camp or daycare. Read more >

Drop-In Daycare Checklist, Parenting (Kids’ Health), March 2007
Unlike regular daycare centers, the childcare facilities at many health clubs, supermarkets and malls aren’t state-regulated. Here’s what you should check for. Read more >

Obsessed with order, Parenting (Ages & Stages), June 2006
If your child has a new passion for organizing anything he can get his hands on, don’t worry. He’s simply trying to make some sense out of a world that, from his perspective, can seem overwhelming at times. Read more >

How Your Baby “Reads” You, Parenting (Ages & Stages), January 2006
Babies as young as 10 to 12 months old can read your don’t-you-dare glares and interpret a warning in your voice. In fact, this ability — called social referencing — helps them figure out how to act and what to be wary of in their new world. Read more >

Nonsense Words, Parenting (Ages & Stages), June 2005
Toddlers who make up words are like babies who babble. They’re trying out sounds and learning from them. Read more >


Kick Together! Prevention, February 2007
Family martial arts classes boost confidence, improve fitness, and cement family bonds. Read more >