Expert Advice: Toddlers & Preschoolers

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Tips and Tricks to Ease Teething Pain

Let your child chew on a teething ring. Credit: Getty Images The average adult has 32 teeth, but first come...Believe us, you're going to spend a lot of time feeling around your baby's mouth to see if there's a tooth coming in.

Fostering a Sense of Wonder Helps Kids Become Spiritually Curious

Is your child spiritually curious? Credit: Corbis When the Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle's 3-year-old daughter asks questions...Involving kids in discussions that have no answers will help their spirituality evolve, Carrie Brown-Wolf, says the author of "Soul Sunday: A Family's Guide to Exploring Faith and Teaching Tolerance."
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My 4-Year-Old Granddaughter is Becoming a Bully ... Just Like Her Mom!

Dear AdviceMama, My 4-year-old granddaughter is the victim of my daughter's yelling, profanity and name-calling if she doesn't listen. They live in...The number one most powerful influence on our children's behavior is how we ourselves behave. Gently offer to help your daughter find healthier ways to handle her child when she doesn't listen.
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How Much Is Too Much When It Comes to Homework?

Dear AdviceMama, My grade schooler has one to two hours of homework a night. When is a child supposed to play with friends or just relax? The media...I don't think we'll get to a point where homework goes away, but I do think we need to get off this train, racing to nowhere.
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Do I Have to Babysit My Sister's Sniffly Kids?

Dear AdviceMama, My sister's kids seem to always have the sniffles. I feel awful turning her down when she wants me to watch them for her, but I...It's hard to turn down a sister in need, but it's tough feeling like you're inviting an invasion of germs into your home to contaminate you and your own kids.
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Grandson Won't Sleep in His Own Bed!

Dear AdviceMama, My 2-and-a-half-year-old grandson still sleeps in bed with his parents. My daughter and her husband have tried to put him in his...The last thing you want is to fuel sibling rivalry by "kicking him out" of his parents' bed just when a new baby arrives, without giving him time to comfortably transition to his own room.
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How to Childproof Your Windows

Do you have a minute (OK, a minute and eight seconds?) Good. Now watch this video on window safety from the Consumer Product Safety Commission,...Are your windows childproofed? Watch this video and see what you need to do to protect your kids.
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How Can I Get My Son to Brush His Teeth?

Dear AdviceMama, When it's time to brush his teeth, my son always puts up a fight. What should I do? Signed, Dental Dilemma Dear Dental...Do your kid's grimy teeth and rank breath have you worrying about his future social life? Find out how to get him on the dental hygiene bandwagon.

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