- Age-Specific Concerns
Children and Healthcare
- Childhood Illnesses
- Childhood Injuries, Poisons, and Burns
- Disease Prevention
- When Your Child Has Surgery
- When Your Child Is Sick
- Emotions and Behavior
The Healthy Child
- About Sleep
- Activities and Exercise
- Dental Care
- Hearing, Speech, and Language
- Nutrition and Eating
- Physical Development
- Safety and Injury Prevention
- Sports Safety and Injuries
- Vision Care
All Family Time Is Quality Time
Don't feel guilty about the amount of "quality time" you spend with your family. Some experts are beginning to shun the quality time movement for something much more basic.
Here are some suggestions:
Children want your undivided attention. When they talk, look at them, engage them in further conversation; show your interest.
Listen to their music. Who knows, you might begin liking it.
Ask them what they want to do. Is baseball their love? Play catch in your backyard, or pitch a few at a local baseball diamond.
Establish new family traditions. Set a specific time each week for them, such as Friday pizza nights or Sunday brunches.
Develop your family as a team. Give everyone chores and do them together.
Make one-on-one time with each child. Kids talk more freely when they're with just one parent.
Watch age-appropriate television shows they choose and then talk about them.