How to avoid phthalates in your child’s diet

As hard as we try to make sure the food and drink containers that our children use are BPA-free, a new study shows that little ones are still being exposed to enough phthalates to cause damage, especially in babies. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

Teach your child with special needs the difference between teasing and bullying

Children with an intellectual disability may not understand the difference between friendly teasing and malicious bullying, and most parents of a child with special needs dreads that moment. But parents can be prepared to address the issue and even help prevent it. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

Is your child old enough to chew gum?

If you have a toddler, hearing the words “chewing gum” may immediately prompt visions of a sticky, tangled mess of hair or a ruined sofa. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

Free play matters

It’s no big secret that over-scheduling is the new normal, and the new school year lends itself to a packed schedule for little ones. Free play is more important than ever and can have a positive impact on learning. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

How to foster your preteen’s uniqueness

Both teens and preteens use their adolescence to experiment with their personality, interests and friendships — often with great anxiety. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

Teaching kids about God without choosing a specific sect

Though my husband and I believe in God, we haven’t raised our children under a specific religion — yet. But recently I randomly asked my son whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas. His immediate response was, “Santa!” Now I’m left wondering if we have to pick a religion in order to teach our children about ...

10 Holiday photo backdrop ideas

Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on pricey holiday photography. These photo backdrop ideas are easy to construct with a few supplies and minimal imagination. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

10 Holiday photo backdrop ideas

Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on pricey holiday photography. These photo backdrop ideas are easy to construct with a few supplies and minimal imagination. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

How to foster your preteen’s uniqueness

Both teens and preteens use their adolescence to experiment with their personality, interests and friendships — often with great anxiety. http://www.empoweringparents.com/

Teaching kids about God without choosing a specific sect

Though my husband and I believe in God, we haven’t raised our children under a specific religion — yet. But recently I randomly asked my son whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas. His immediate response was, “Santa!” Now I’m left wondering if we have to pick a religion in order to teach our children about ...