Throughout the year, our board of advisors -- a brain trust of the best pediatric doctors, developmental experts, and educators in the country -- shares the latest thinking about raising happy and healthy kids in the pages of Parents. Now we've gathered our all-time favorite nuggets of their advice in one outstanding article that will have a profound effect on your whole family.
Having fun, getting things done, and doing nothing -- packing all that into one weekend is tough, and it was stressing me out. If you know the feeling, then my journey will help you get your mojo back.
A toddler in the midst of a fit may send you into one too. Yet most experts agree that staying calm is key to defusing an emotionally overwrought child. "Losing your temper doesn't just make things worse, it actually creates the very outcome you were hoping to avoid in the first place," says Hal Runkel, an Atlanta-based therapist, father of two, and author of ScreamFree Parenting. In other words, a screaming, raging toddler. However, the occasional parental blowup is normal, and it won't scar your child for life. But with a few coping strategies, you can head off two tantrums at once: yours and your child's.