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It's not easy for a child to become an older sibling. He or she will need the same understanding from parents as a younger child.

My 14-month-old is an excellent sleeper – he has slept through the night since he was 2 months old. However, he goes to bed early and wakes up early (typically 7:15 p.m.

For toddlers, biting might not mean that they are angry or upset.

My older daughter was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization). Shortly after her birth I began wondering when she might ask the inevitable question, “Where did I come from?” What would you say?

Why can’t my almost-5-year-old daughter carry a tune? Do most children grow to recognize pitch? 

I feel like my mother-in-law is undermining my daughter's progress toward independence. Am I overreacting?

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