Proactive Parenting Blog

The tools and advice you need, taken from the latest research and scientific literature, to help you feel confident and in control as you raise your children.

Limits and discipline

How to help young children listen and follow instructions

Claudia and William were at the grocery store with their 4-year-old son, Billy, who was sitting in the cart. Claudia and William stopped to discuss an item and Billy let out a loud...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 26 of September, 2019
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Parental homework has to end

After picking up her twins from school and providing an after-school snack, Jane asked her children to start their homework. She didn’t make it five ste...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 12 of September, 2019
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What parents need to know about bullying

Laura came home from work and found her 13-year-old son, John, lying on the bed with his new GAP sweatshirt crumpled on the floor. She g...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 28 of August, 2019
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The lure of diet soda as a “healthy” alternative for children

Sally wants to make healthy choices for her overweight children so she decides to swap regular sugar sodas for artificially sweetened, zero-calorie diet soda...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 14 of August, 2019
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Breastfeeding tips for less than perfect beginnings

All major global pediatric groups agree that breast milk is best for babies and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is recommended. Many hospitals have programs to...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 19 of July, 2019
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How to help your child learn better in 3 easy steps

If you have a child between 8 and 11 years old and want to maximize his or her learning, there are three things you can do: Make sure they are physically acti...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 4 of July, 2019
Limits and discipline

Teen vaping is more than just a puff of smoke

Many teens are choosing to vape instead of smoking cigarettes. Vaping involves the use of small electronic devices that have a refillable atomizer that contains nicotine and fla...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 20 of June, 2019
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The connection between teen health and social media

Teens are spending between 7-11 hours per day with different types of media and most adolescents are accessing media content on their pe...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 6 of June, 2019
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Teen dieting may lead to eating disorders

Modern teens are in a difficult position. Thinness for girls and leanness for boys is prized by both the social media esthetic, popularized by Instagra...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 23 of May, 2019
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Is breastfeeding your baby stressing you out? Don’t worry, you...

Breastfeeding is natural but not always easy.  Whether you are a first time mom or a mom with previous breastfeeding experience, each...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 9 of May, 2019
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