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.

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When to end purees and start soft table foods with your infant

Julia was delighted to begin solid foods with her 6-month-old son Brandon. Brandon was a champion eater and quickly learned to manage the iron-fortified rice cereal fed t...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 15 of November, 2019
Limits and discipline

Let children set their own limits on physical touch

Bridget was 10 years old and attending a big family reunion. Her parents Joe and Marsha introduced her to lots of family members she couldn...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 24 of October, 2019
Feel confident and in control

The dangers of teen vaping

Mark and Laura were divorced and raising teenagers. When Mark had his teens at his house, he would find vaping materials in their rooms and in their backpacks. He had many concerns ...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 10 of October, 2019
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 t...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 26 of September, 2019
Feel confident and in control

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 steps out of th...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 12 of September, 2019
Flexible parenting techniques

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 gently asked him what had...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 28 of August, 2019
Flexible parenting techniques

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 sodas. Unfortunately, she notices that the...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 14 of August, 2019
Feel confident and in control

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 l...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 19 of July, 2019
Limits and discipline

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: Ma...

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 c...

usuario Deanna Marie Mason usuario 20 of June, 2019
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