How old is old enough for my child to stay home alone?
How old is old enough for my child to stay home alone?
  • Utah law doesn’t dictate an age when kids are ready but leave it up to parental discretion
  • Look for signs that your child is responsible—homework, hygiene, etc. to know if they may be ready to stay home alone
  • Set your child up for success by prepping them and your home for a successful outcome
Can chores make our family’s summer better?
Can chores make our family’s summer better?
  • Long summer days can mean extended veg-out sessions and messy houses
  • Without structure, summer break can become frustrating for parent and kids
  • Consider a schedule of chores to help structure the day, build skills, and increase bonding
How can I talk to my kids about lying?
How can I talk to my kids about lying?
  • Strategies for dealing with lying should differ by age group
  • Books can be a great way to address honesty with children
  • Communication and honesty from parents is key
What should I do if my child bites?
What should I do if my child bites?
  • Biting is a common early childhood behavior that many parents dread
  • Isolating potential triggers for biting can be the quickest fix
  • Having a strategy to correct the behavior positively, and to reinforce better choices can shorten this phase
How can I get my child to fall asleep and stay asleep?
How can I get my child to fall asleep and stay asleep?
  • A full night of quality sleep is important not only for a child’s health—but for the health of the entire family.
  • Sleep disorders are not uncommon in children, and simple behavioral changes often provide a solution.
  • If you think your child suffers a sleep disorder, document their sleep routines and talk to your pediatrician about interventions.
What should I do if my child has a dental injury?
What should I do if my child has a dental injury?
  • A chipped tooth is usually cause to see the dentist, but frequent tooth chipping merits a pediatrician visit.
  • Soft tissue injuries inside the mouth that bleed continuously need emergency medical attention.
  • Unexplained or general oral pain, swelling or bleeding should be seen by a pediatrician.
7 Tips for Reversing Defiance in Children
7 Tips for Reversing Defiance in Children

Article at a glance:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder is one of a group of externalizing disorders which include maladaptive behaviors.
  • It is normal for children to become oppositional at certain ages.
  • If you are struggling with a child who is aggressive, argumentative, or defiant, there are things you can do to improve the situation.
How do I soothe my child’s eczema with at-home treatments?
How do I soothe my child’s eczema with at-home treatments?

Article at a Glance

  • Nearly one out of five children under the age of 2 are affected by eczema.
  • Utah winters are especially hard on children battling this condition.
  • Consult your physician before starting new treatments.
How can I get my kids to stop whining?
How can I get my kids to stop whining?

Article at a glance:

  • Whining happens, but it shouldn't be the norm for your child.
  • Understanding why children whine can help you respond appropriately.
  • Setting clear boundaries around appropriate speech helps children understand what to do.
Making Sure Your Child’s Toys are Safe
Making Sure Your Child’s Toys are Safe

Article at a Glance

  • Toys should serve child development—without putting them at risk.
  • Verify toys are appropriate for your child's age and abilities.
  • Supervised play is the best way to protect children from harm.

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