More From Matthew Utley
How to Teach Boys to Talk to Girls Preschoolers struggle with listening well and playing fair, but practicing good manners early will help boys grow into better men.
How to Team Up on a Kid When it comes to team discipline, tagging in and out is way more supportive than good cop/bad cop.
How to Discipline Punishment-Proof Kids If the kid doesn’t care about a punishment, it’s the wrong punishment. But more severe does not necessarily mean more effective.
How to Trick a Kid Into Talking About Their Day Kids clam up. It happens. When kids won’t talk, parents’ best tools are patience and gentleness.
How to Prepare a Bottle for Feeding Breastmilk or formula, by hand or bottle prep machine – the most important part of this process is that the baby gets enough nutrition.
How to Handle a Bad Playdate Everybody can have off days. When a playdate goes sour, it’s best to shut it down and try again later.
How to Prevent Young Kids From Getting Overstimulated Every kid can be pushed past their level of tolerance. When parents know the signs, they can learn how to avoid it.
How to Teach Small, Short, and Skinny Kids Confidence Kids are going to take their lumps for things they can’t change. Parents can teach them how to make the most of what they can.
How to Teach Siblings to Share a Room Even very different children can make room-sharing work. Routine and respect are key.
How to Train Kids to Treat Disable People Well Kids generally don’t have hang-ups about differently-abled people – but their parents can, even if they don’t mean to.
How to Lock a Kid in Their Room (Spoiler: Don't) When toddlers start a-roaming, it can be tempting to lock them in their bedroom. It’s a terrible idea.
How to Tell the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and Illness That cough and congestion may not be due to cold and flu at all, but allergies – a distinct problem with its own dangers.
How to Give a Kindergarten Kid Chores Kindergartners clean up at school, so they can do the same at home. Parents need to set firm boundaries about expectations and follow through.
How to Give Young Kids Chores Toddlers can handle having chores – parents just need to start small, be consistent and have low expectations about the finished product.
Important Parenting Tips for Potty Training Girls While some potty training advice and methods are universal for potty training girls and boys, girls may finish potty training earlier and learn to wipe differently.