Parenting

So you took the leap. Find out everything you should -- and, maybe shouldn't -- know about your children and get a few parenting tips.


A healthy adoption is one where the child is placed where he or she will thrive, no matter what the medical considerations may be. How can you minimize health complications?

Adoption can be an amazing and rewarding experience, but getting there requires making some tough decisions, committing to an unknown outcome and drawing on an enormous reserve of patience. Read Catherine's story to find out what's involved.

How much does adoption really cost, and how will you pay for it? Learn all about what goes into financing an adoption.

What do you need to do before bringing home your new adopted baby? Learn the four steps of adoption to make sure you're adequately prepared for a new child.

Every child needs a sense of background and identity, and this can be especially confusing for adopted children. Read about how to help your adopted children establish their racial identity.

Chances are you know someone who is adopted or who has adopted a child. In fact, about 58 percent of Americans have a personal connection to adoption. But what is involved in adopting a child?

Sometimes basic baby care can present some unique challenges that you may not know how to tackle. These expert tips will help you groom your baby.

The motor milestones that occur during your baby's first year may seem unrelated to one another, but in fact they happen in sequence. Learn what skills babies typically develop, in order from head to foot.

There is plenty that parents can do to help their baby learn and develop. Find out what role parents can play in promoting their child's growth.

Newborns don't emerge pink and plump. In fact, for the first few weeks, they're really kind of funny looking. Find out what physical features to expect.

If your baby could talk, he'd tell you when he is hungry and when he is full, but he probably won't start communicating verbally for at least a year. Learn how to judge what to feed your baby and when with these expert tips.

Each year in the United States, about 150,000 newborns have birth defects ranging from mild to life threatening. Learn about structural/metabolic birth defects, congenital infections, and other conditions.

Is breastfeeding different with a premature baby? Here are five things you should know about breastfeeding your preemie.

Premature babies are more susceptible to face complications -- both long- and short-term. Learn about which long-term complications might arise and what you can do about them.

Do you know how your baby uses its senses? Discover how your baby navigates their environment using their five senses.

More than 326,000 18-and-unders had cosmetic procedures in 2004 to correct something that made them self-conscious. But is plastic surgery, with the risks it involves, the right way to deal with these common teenage tribulations?

Teaching kids about intimacy, safe intercourse, respect and responsibility in an age of seductive images doesn't have to be as daunting a task as it sounds.

Kids have a hard time remembering rules for dinner at home and rules for dinner out. But with patience and consistency, you can instill good manners in your children.

Setting appropriate limitations on children and doling out discipline is a struggle for many parents. Here are some effective guidelines for setting limits with children of different ages.

Consistency is key when it comes to preventing tantrums. If you let your guard down because of a tantrum, your kids will continue to throw them. These tips will help you prevent tantrums while shopping with kids.

Honey can be dangerous to infants because of botulism. Find out why honey is dangerous for infants but not for adults.