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  • 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid

    Take the target off your kid's back with these smart tips.

  • A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years

    You've lived through 2 AM feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues. So why is the word "teenager" causing you so much anxiety?

  • About Teen Suicide About Teen Suicide

    When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.

  • ADHD ADHD

    ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.

  • ADHD and School ADHD and School

    ADHD can affect a child's ability to do well in school and even make friends. This article for parents has tips on working with teachers to help your child succeed.

  • ADHD Medicines ADHD Medicines

    Medicine doesn’t cure ADHD. But it does help boost a child's ability to pay attention, slow down, and have more self-control. This article for parents has details on how ADHD medicines help.

  • Binge Eating Disorder Binge Eating Disorder

    Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with binge eating disorder.

  • Biting Biting

    There are ways to get to the bottom of your toddler's biting habit. These steps can help.

  • Breath-Holding Spells Breath-Holding Spells

    Kids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.

  • Compulsive Exercise Compulsive Exercise

    Even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.

  • Cutting Cutting

    Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more about it and ways to help a teen who cuts.

  • Delayed Speech or Language Development Delayed Speech or Language Development

    Knowing what's "normal" and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.

  • Disciplining Your Child Disciplining Your Child

    It's important to be consistent about discipline. If you don't stick to the rules and consequences, kids aren't likely to either. Find out how to vary your approach to fit your family.

  • Disciplining Your Child With Special Needs Disciplining Your Child With Special Needs

    Here's how to set boundaries and communicate your expectations in a nurturing, loving way.

  • Firesetting Firesetting

    Kids often are curious about fire. So it's important for parents to educate them about the dangers of fire and keep them away from matches, lighters, and other fire-starting tools.

  • Help! My Toddler Won't Go on the Potty! Help! My Toddler Won't Go on the Potty!

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Helping Kids Cope With Cliques Helping Kids Cope With Cliques

    With cliques prevalent in middle and high school, most kids encounter them at some point. Here's how parents can help kids maintain confidence and self-respect while negotiating cliques.

  • Helping Kids Deal With Bullies Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

    Unfortunately, bullying is a common part of childhood. But parents can help kids cope with it and lessen its lasting impact.

  • Helping Teens Who Cut Helping Teens Who Cut

    Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more how to help a teen who cuts.

  • Kids and Alcohol Kids and Alcohol

    As much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol before it is legal for them to drink it. Here's what you need to know.

  • Kids and Smoking Kids and Smoking

    The health risks of smoking are well known, yet every year many young people take up smoking. Here's how to help your kids avoid smoking or using chewing tobacco - or quit, if they've already started.

  • My Child Is Stealing My Child Is Stealing

    Your child does homework on time, helps you clear the table, and even helps with housework. So can it be true that this same child is stealing? Before you react, know a little about why kids steal and where to get help.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    All kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways over and over again. OCD can get better with the right attention and care.

  • Parenting a Child With ADHD Parenting a Child With ADHD

    Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help kids improve and do well.

  • Parenting a Teen With ADHD Parenting a Teen With ADHD

    Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help teens improve and do well.

  • Pica Pica

    Some young kids have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by cravings to eat nonfood items.

  • Quick Poll: Too Much Screen Time? Quick Poll: Too Much Screen Time?

    How do you feel about the screen time habits of your children? Take our poll.

  • Soiling (Encopresis) Soiling (Encopresis)

    If your child has bowel movements in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. Many kids who soil beyond the years of toilet teaching have a condition known as encopresis.

  • Sportsmanship Sportsmanship

    One of the most important goals of kids' sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here's how to set a good example for your kids.

  • Steroids Steroids

    Get the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids and teens to try them.

  • Stuttering Stuttering

    Many young kids go through a stage when they stutter. Stuttering usually goes away on its own but in some cases lasts longer.

  • Talking to Your Child About Drugs Talking to Your Child About Drugs

    Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts now.

  • Taming Tempers Taming Tempers

    Controlling outbursts can be difficult for kids - and helping them learn to do so is a tough job for the parents who love them. But just about every child can improve with the right coaching.

  • Teaching Kids Not to Bully Teaching Kids Not to Bully

    Whether bullying is physical or verbal, if it's not stopped it can lead to more aggressive antisocial behavior - and interfere with a child's success in school and ability to form and sustain friendships.

  • Teaching Your Child Self-Control Teaching Your Child Self-Control

    Tantrums and outbursts can rile even the most patient parents. Helping kids learn self-control teaches them how to respond to situations without just acting on impulse.

  • Teens Talk About Bullying (Video) Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

    Hear from teens who've been bullied - and what they did about it.

  • Temper Tantrums Temper Tantrums

    Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. Get the facts on managing - and preventing - temper tantrums.

  • Therapy for ADHD Therapy for ADHD

    Therapy is part of the treatment for most kids and teens diagnosed with ADHD. This article helps parents learn what to expect and how therapy works.

  • Toilet Teaching Your Child Toilet Teaching Your Child

    Even before your child is ready to try the potty, you can prepare your little one by teaching about the process. Here are some tips.

  • Your Child's Habits Your Child's Habits

    Nail biting, hair twirling, thumb sucking, and nose picking - these childhood habits are common. Here's how to deal with them.

  • "Am I Pretty?": What Moms, Daughters Really Think About Looks "Am I Pretty?": What Moms, Daughters Really Think About Looks

    KidsHealth asked thousands of mothers and daughters how they felt about their appearance. Their answers may surprise you.

  • 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid

    Take the target off your kid's back with these smart tips.

  • Anxiety Disorders Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is a normal part of growing up, and all kids experience it. But when it becomes extreme, it can interfere with a child's overall happiness.

  • Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias

    Experiencing and dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life.

  • Becoming a Stepparent Becoming a Stepparent

    Stepparenting can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Learn how to cultivate a healthy relationship with your stepkids.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    For teens, concerns about appearances often take center stage. But if these concerns are all-consuming, cause extreme distress, and keep them from doing and thinking about other things, it may be a sign of a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.

  • Childhood Stress Childhood Stress

    Being a kid doesn't always mean being carefree - even the youngest tots worry. Find out what stresses kids out and how to help them cope.

  • Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool

    Sometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keeps things in perspective.

  • Cutting Cutting

    Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more about it and ways to help a teen who cuts.

  • Cyberbullying Cyberbullying

    Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Here are some suggestions on what to do if online bullying has become part of your child's life.

  • Depression Depression

    Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. If you think your child is depressed, you'll want to learn more about what depression is, what causes it, and what you can do to help.

  • Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem

    Strong self-esteem is a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Here's how to boost healthy self-esteem in your kids.

  • Eating Disorders Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.

  • Helping Kids Cope With Stress Helping Kids Cope With Stress

    Stress from things like school and social situations can feel overwhelming for kids. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage stress.

  • Helping Kids Deal With Bullies Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

    Unfortunately, bullying is a common part of childhood. But parents can help kids cope with it and lessen its lasting impact.

  • Helping Kids Handle Worry Helping Kids Handle Worry

    All kids to worry at times, and some may worry more than others. But parents can help kids manage worry and tackle everyday problems with ease. Find out how.

  • Helping Your Child Deal With Death Helping Your Child Deal With Death

    Helping kids cope with the death of a loved one can be hard, particularly as you work through your own grief. Here are some tips.

  • Helping Your Child Through a Divorce Helping Your Child Through a Divorce

    By minimizing the stress a divorce creates, being patient as everyone adjusts to the new situation, and responding openly and honestly to your kids' concerns, you can help them through this difficult time.

  • How Can I Help My Child Develop Healthy Self-Esteem? How Can I Help My Child Develop Healthy Self-Esteem?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family's Health? How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family's Health?

    Can spirituality promote a healthier physical life for your family? Recent medical studies indicate that spiritual people exhibit less stress and a greater total life satisfaction.

  • How Do I Handle the Transition When My Husband Returns From Active Duty? How Do I Handle the Transition When My Husband Returns From Active Duty?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How Do I Help My Kids Deal With My Husband's Deployment? How Do I Help My Kids Deal With My Husband's Deployment?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad? I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is Your Child Too Busy? Is Your Child Too Busy?

    Some kids have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Is your child too busy?

  • My Son Is Being Deployed; How Do I Help My Other Kids Cope? My Son Is Being Deployed; How Do I Help My Other Kids Cope?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Natural Disasters: How Families Can Help Natural Disasters: How Families Can Help

    When natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes strike, it's natural for people to want to help. Here are some ways to do that.

  • Postpartum Depression Postpartum Depression

    It's important for new mothers – and those who love them – to understand the symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help.

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Kids and teens who live through a traumatic event can develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Healing is possible with the help of professional counseling and support from loved ones.

  • Preparing Kids for Hurricanes Preparing Kids for Hurricanes

    Hurricanes can be scary for grown-ups and kids alike. Here are some tips to help them — and you — be ready during hurricane season.

  • Preparing Your Child for a Move Preparing Your Child for a Move

    Disruptive as moving can be for parents, the experience can be even more traumatic for kids. Here's how to make moving less stressful for the whole family.

  • Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

    The arrival of a new baby can cause lots of changes. But parents can prepare kids for an addition to the family.

  • Questions and Answers About Sex Questions and Answers About Sex

    Answering kids' questions about sex is a responsibility many parents dread. But by answering these questions honestly, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.

  • Raising Confident Kids Raising Confident Kids

    It takes confidence to be a kid. And while each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids' confidence.

  • School Violence and the News School Violence and the News

    As terrible and frightening as incidents of school violence are, they are rare. But it's natural for kids to worry. Here's how to help them deal with these fears.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder

    A person with SAD typically experiences symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become shorter.

  • Separation Anxiety Separation Anxiety

    Teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are common with separation anxiety, which is a perfectly normal part of childhood development.

  • Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation

    During the teen years, sexual feelings are awakened in new ways because of the hormonal and physical changes of puberty. It takes time for many kids to understand who they are and who they're becoming. Part of that understanding includes a person's sexual feelings and attractions.

  • Sibling Rivalry Sibling Rivalry

    As upsetting as it can be for a parent, conflict between siblings is very common. Here's how to help your kids get along.

  • Survey Results: How Do Parents and Kids Get Along? Survey Results: How Do Parents and Kids Get Along?

    Most kids and parents say they get along pretty well, but it's tougher to stay close through the years, according to a survey of parents and kids.

  • Taking Your Child to a Therapist Taking Your Child to a Therapist

    Many children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.

  • Teaching Your Child Tolerance Teaching Your Child Tolerance

    Teaching tolerance is important - the differences that come from living in a melting pot enrich our culture, bringing new ideas and energy. And people who are open to differences have more opportunities in education, business, and so many other ways.

  • Teens Talk About Bullying (Video) Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

    Hear from teens who've been bullied - and what they did about it.

  • Teens Talk About Love (Video) Teens Talk About Love (Video)

    Hear teens' take on love, marriage, divorce, dating, and breakups.

  • Teens Talk About Stress (Video) Teens Talk About Stress (Video)

    Teens talk about what stresses them out and how they cope.

  • Tips for Divorcing Parents Tips for Divorcing Parents

    No guide can guarantee a way to steer kids unscathed through a divorce. Every situation - and every family - is different. But these commonsense guidelines might make the adjustment a bit easier.

  • Traveling Without Your Child Traveling Without Your Child

    Here's how to prepare kids before you leave so that you both feel more comfortable when you need to travel without them.

  • What Kids Say About: Handling Stress What Kids Say About: Handling Stress

    In a KidsHealth® KidsPoll, kids talked about what they stress about the most, how they cope with these feelings, and how they want parents to help.

  • When a Pet Dies When a Pet Dies

    For most kids, pets are more than just animals – they're members of the family. So it can be heartbreaking to lose one. Here's how to help kids cope.

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