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The Bottom Line: When your child won’t poop on the potty

So you’ve finally had success with the first step of toilet training – your little one happily goes pee in the potty, wipes, pulls her pants back on, and is back to the races. But when it comes to poop, it’s another matter. You’ve tried everything from bribery and persuasion...

Young Love: Surviving Your Kid’s First Crush

For most of us, it's something we'll never forget: Our first crush.   Whether the object of your affection was Scott Baio or the girl down the street, those first stirrings of the heart were intense and life altering. The world is never the same once you’ve been pierced by Cupid’s arrow. And now life...

Handling colds for kids under six

Over-the-counter cold medicine is out for the under-six crowd, so how do you manage?

Curb school anxieties by talking to the teacher

Establish an open line of communication with your child's teacher to set the tone for the year.

Read the signs

Babies don't learn from flash cards, says one expert, so spend your money on books instead.

18-Month Checkup

Red flags can be revealed during 18-month checkup. Eighteen months is a critical developmental stage in your child’s life, when many milestones are being reached. When children miss some of these milestones, it can be an indicator of a developmental delay. In 1993,...

Walk this way

How normal are knock knees? Do a quick survey of all the toddlers you know: do any of them have perfectly straight legs? The answer will almost certainly be no. Most children are born bowlegged (where the legs curve outward at the...

Starting Swimming Lessons

We’ve all seen the magical videos: babies floating along underwater, eyes wide open, looking ethereal and calm as they wiggle a few short feet in the pool and pop their heads up out of the water. Are they actually swimming? Can infants be taught how to swim? And if so,...

Girls and Make-Up

Young girls often express an interest in wearing make-up. Will you know what to say? The girl is fresh-faced, no more than 15, her long black hair hanging down over an Abercrombie and Fitch T-shirt. “If you’re in middle school, I really don’t think you need to wear the whole...

Is Your Child Too Busy?

It was mid-December of last year, and six-year-old Abigail McCormick’s schedule had reached maximum overload. There were ballet, skating and piano lessons, an upcoming school holiday concert and a school play, as well as the demands of the full-day curriculum in Grade 1. When she got the part of the...