Behavioral Development

Learn how to guide your kid through his behavioral development. Plus: Try these ideas for building self-esteem.

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What to Do If Your Child Loves to Eavesdrop

Eavesdropping is a common childhood habit. But there are adult conversations you don't want your kid listening to. Experts explain how to put a halt to this totally normal but not always desired behavior.

I'm a Mom and a Professional Organizer: Here's How I Get My Kids to Keep Their Stuff in Order

Whether it's through laundry games or clever ways to make a bed, there are fun ways to get kids to organize and maintain their own space from an early age. This also builds confidence, empowerment, and a happy home life for everyone.

Help Stop Your Kids From Regressing Milestones During the Pandemic

It's not unusual for kids to regress in behavior during the pandemic. But don't panic. There are ways to help your child get back on their typical track.

Why I'm Teaching My Kid All About Failure

Success rarely comes without struggles. Parents columnist Jenny Mollen explains why she’s making it her priority to teach her kids how to keep trying no matter what.

How to See Things From Your Kid's Point of View

When you find yourself desperately trying to talk some sense into your child as she whines, cries, or freaks out even more, try stepping into her shoes instead.

The Truth About Lying

All kids tell whoppers sometimes. The way you handle it can determine whether the fibs fade or become a big, fat problem.

More Behavioral Development

Age-by-Age Guide to Lying

Yes, kids lie. (But so do adults.) The good news: If parents take a strong lead on a no-lying policy, most children will learn to walk the straight and narrow.

Thumb Sucking: How My Son Kicked the Habit

Frequent and chronic sucking on thumbs, fingers, or pacifiers can cause traumatic changes to a child's bite. Here's what helped one mom's big kid stop thumb-sucking.

How to Stop Siblings from Fighting

Most siblings have disagreements at some point, but frequent, intense fights can cause serious damage. If you've had it up to here with sibling fighting, we'll help you reach a cease-fire.