Behavioral Development

Knowing how to relate to your toddler helps nurture good behavior. Here you'll learn about his behavioral development from the terrible twos to sudden crying and everything in between. We'll also show you how to teach children to be grateful.

The Surprising Secret to Raising a Well-Behaved Kid

The key to smart discipline is simple: Teach your child how to control her own behavior so you don't have to.

Bye-Bye Binky: Ending the Pacifier Habit

It's your child's first love, and the breakup can be tough. Survive the pacifier weaning stage with these tried-and-true tactics.

Teaching Children to Be Grateful

Want your child to be grateful for what he has? Here's a roundup of surprisingly simple ways -- from sending thank-you notes to feeding pets -- for him to learn a sense of gratitude.

The One Reason Your Kid May Not Really Be Ready for Kindergarten

Self-regulation is crucial to helping kids get an early jump on education, so the kids who develop later are already behind.

Wacky Toddler Behavior: Sudden Crying

Where is the random, out-of-nowhere crying coming from? Find out what's causing the uncontrollable tears, and how do you make it stop.

How To Tackle the "Terrible Twos"

While the celebration of your toddler's second birthday is joyful, it is hard to ignore the feeling of dread as "No" begins to dominate his vocabulary. Though his outbursts are frustrating, keep in mind his actions are not acts of defiance directed toward you; he's developing independence and learning how to express frustration. Here are a few tips to help you cope.

Why Your Toddler Hits and Bites

It's natural to worry, but relax: It's just a passing stage that you can help control.

Whine? Not! Four Ways to Deal with Whining Children

We've got advice about teaching your preschooler to find less annoying ways to get what she wants.

Split Personality: Why Toddlers Behave with One Parent

Does your little one go with the flow around Dad -- but put up a fight with you? We have ways to deal.

Toddlers 101: Understanding Toddler Development

Your baby has become a toddler -- how did this happen so quickly? Find out what to milestones and behaviors to expect during the toddler years.

The Secret Language of Toddlers: What Their Behaviors Mean

Two-year-olds act out their emotions in some pretty bizarre ways. Let us help you crack the toddler behavior code.

Gender Nonconformity: My Advice to Parents of Girly Boys

Popular blogger and now author, Lori Duron, shares parenting lessons she's learned from raising a gender creative child.

The Lasting Impact of the Early Childhood Years

The experiences children have during their first five years have a tremendous impact on the development of their brains, their health, and their future as adults.

Batman Did It! This Cute Toddler Blames the Dark Knight for Drawing on Mom's Mirror

What's 2-year-old Noel Hopkins to do when questioned about the lipstick art on Mom's mirror? Blame Batman!

How to Help Your Highly Sensitive Child

Some kids seem to cry over practically everything, but that's not always a bad thing.

You Know You Have A Toddler When...

Has someone ever used your pants as a paper towel? Have you ever chased someone into the middle of the street while he laughs like it's no big deal? If the answer is yes to one (or all!) of these questions, then you have a toddler.

Quiz: Are You Raising a Spoiled Brat?

No one wants to raise a spoiled brat. But how do you know if you are? Take our quiz and find out if your little one is a terror-in-the-making.

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Wacky Toddler Behavior: Toddler Obsessions

Your child's endless fascination with red cars or fairies is amusing, but is it normal?

When Does Discipline Begin?

An age-by-age guide to setting limits.

When One Parent Is Favored

You suspect that your child will want nothing to do with you once he's a teenager. But it can come as a shock when your toddler or preschooler tells you to take a hike.

Why Toddlers Always Say "No!"

Suddenly, your child has opinions about everything. Find out why that's a good thing.

What Should Your Child Do If She Gets Lost?

A child goes missing every 40 seconds, but the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that only around 115 children per year nationwide are kidnapped by strangers and not returned to their families. Nonetheless, losing our children is something many of us keep tucked in the "worst nightmare" file of our brain.

6 Little Behavior Problems You Shouldn't Ignore

Here are six misbehaviors you may be tempted to overlook -- and how to put an end to them pronto.

How to Stop Your Child's Whining

You know that your preschooler is trying to manipulate you, but whenever he whines, he wins.

Bratty Behavior Explained

Read on for the real reasons behind your child's bratty behavior.