More From Matthew Utley
How to Introduce a Child to Their Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten is a big change for families, not just kids. But there’s time for prep.
How to Prepare for a Parent-Teacher Conference in 2020 Be ready to listen, and be kind. The parent-teacher relationship is more important than ever this year.
How to Move a Co-Sleeping Toddler Into Their Own Bed Transitioning to a toddler bed is a big change for the kid, and frustratingly slow for the parents. Patience is essential.
How to Comfort a Child After Mom or Dad Gets Angry Parents aren’t supposed to lose their temper, but everyone does. It’s still possible to be a good parent afterward.
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 Teach ‘Stranger Danger’ With Facts Instead of Fear “Stranger Danger” prepares kids for exaggerated threats, but consent can help them in any situation.
How to Use Patty-Cake and Miss Mary Mack to Teach Rhythm Teaching your child to move with the music does more than make them a phenom on the dance floor — it can help their language and social skills as well.
How to Potty Train a Girl While some potty-training advice and methods are universal for girls and boys, girls may finish potty training earlier and learn to wipe differently.
How to Score Cheap Disney Tickets Parents can find discounts for Disney properties with a little thoughtful shopping, but they need to be wary of trip-killing scams.
How to Recognize and Treat Baby Acne Nobody want to see a blemish on their newborn, but baby acne is more common than many new parents might suspect.
Protect Your Kid From Your Tree One thing you're allowed to be neurotic about this season: low-hanging ornaments.
How to Identify a Speech Impediment Difficulties in speech that many call "speech impediments" are common as language develops. Just don’t wait too long to seek help.
How to Prevent an Abduction Child abduction statistics suggest kids are significantly more likely to run away with someone they met online than be abducted off the street by a stranger.
How to Recognize Pneumonia Symptoms Pnuemonia symptoms are subtle which makes recognizing if a child has caught the illness particularly tricky. Luckily there are some good signs a parent can watch for.
How to Find a Surrogate Mother Couple seeking a surrogate can use an agency or ask a family member or friend, but there are good reasons to have an experienced guide.