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How can a parent help cultivate a child’s motivation in balance with complete acceptance of a child? What are the differences between “boundaries” and “unconditional acceptance”?

How hard should we try to get my 3-year-old son to nap? I don’t think he is ready to drop it, based on his mood on days when he doesn’t get one. 

How can I wean my 13-month-old daughter? She’s on at least three feedings a day, won’t take a bottle and isn’t interested in formula or cow’s milk.

Should we try to take our 3-and-1/2-year-old's nighttime pacifier away?

There is no early childhood program or kindergarten where my daughter lives with my family. Is she missing out on early education?

I can just see your reactions to my solution to the biting problems of toddlers. It's politically incorrect, but is it misguided?

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