Having fears and worries is a normal part of childhood development. A general guideline is that normal anxiety is short lived and does not interfere with your child’s daily function or ability to perform tasks he or she desires...Read more

Children often develop habits or behaviors that their parents find annoying. Understanding why your child has developed this habit or behavior is the first step in changing it...Read more

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is involuntary urination during sleep. While very common, it is embarrassing for children. Learn more about bedwetting its causes...Read more

Bullying can begin as soon as children start playing together. There are several types of bullying, including physical (aggressive), verbal (mean teasing or threatening), and relational (spreading rumors or leaving someone out)...Read more

Beverages intended to bring a buzz can have unintended consequences, as a teen’s recent caffeine-related death shows...Read more

Constipation happens when children have infrequent bowel movements or bowel movements that are hard, dry, or difficult and/or painful to pass...Read more

The start of college comes with expectation and excitement, but it also can trigger depression. A Michigan Medicine psychiatrist offers advice to ease the transition...Read more

Developmental milestones are a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children perform within a certain age range. Your pediatrician uses these to help check how your child is developing...Read more

Dyslexia is a complex language problem. It involves not being able to break down a word into the sounds that make it up, as well as not being able to think or write about the sounds in a word...Read more

All babies cry, especially between 2 weeks and 4 months of age. Some babies cry more than others, even when nothing is wrong. Learn why and how to help...Read more

Today’s kids are growing up immersed in digital media. Parents often feel like they can’t keep up, can’t keep track of what their kids are doing, and struggle with creating rules about digital media use...Read more

Parents may be unsure whether to “redshirt” or hold back their 5-year-old from starting kindergarten. Research shows little benefit...Read more

Many teenagers experiment with marijuana. Learn more about how parents can play an important role in teaching children about the risks associated with marijuana and other drugs...Read more

Many parents are alarmed to find their young child engaged in genital stimulation. However, in young children, genital stimulation is not associated with sexual activity and is actually quite common...Read more

Welcoming a new baby to the family is an exciting time and one of great change, especially if there is an older sibling in the home. Learn more about how to prepare older children for their new baby sibling...Read more

Nightmares and night terrors are sleep disorders that fall under the medical term parasomnias, which occur at transitions between REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, non-REM sleep, and wakefulness...Read more

Most children are ready to begin the toilet training process between 24 to 27 months but some children will be ready earlier or later than that...Read more

Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys but it also presents big challenges. Learn about five helpful strategies for purposeful parenting...Read more

Reading and writing skills are important factors in your child’s success in school and work. Reading can also be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them...Read more

Sibling rivalry is the jealousy, competition, and fighting between brothers and sisters. It typically continues throughout childhood and can be frustrating and stressful for parents...Read more

An Individual Education Plan, or IEP, is used by public schools to provide specialized, tailored education services for children with disabilities...Read more

Speech and language development is an essential part of any child’s development and impacts social interactions, behavior and academic skills. How can you tell if your child is on track...Read more

Stuttering is a speech disorder where the normal flow of speech is broken up by repeating or lengthening sounds, syllables, or words...Read more

Conflict is a normal occurrence between children and learning to resolve conflict is an important life skill for children to develop. Learn some important tips in helping your child deal with conflict...Read more

Although the minimum legal drinking age is 21, alcohol use and abuse continue to be major health problems amongst adolescents and young adults...Read more

The next time your teen acts out, try giving them a job to do. A clear task helps establish fair punishment and accountability...Read more

Yes, it’s important to call out children’s bad behavior. But it’s crucial to acknowledge their positive actions, too...Read more