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Parenting is like traveling without a map. It's easy to make mistakes. Sometimes, we go a long way down the wrong road without realizing it. Check out these 10 bad parenting habits and how to kick them.

By Heather Kolich

Work-life balance is the ultimate test for any mother, and usually, it never equals out. But we've come up with some tips to help.

By Sara Elliott

Fire safety tips may be obvious to adults, but children may not be aware of all the dangers. Learn what some safety tips for kids are in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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You can minimize your chances of catching your child’s illness by boosting your immune system, keeping the house germ-free, and eating and drinking properly. Learn more about avoiding getting sick when your kids are sick from this article.

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A medical emergency at home can cause chaos and confusion if you haven't prepared for such a situation in advance, and time is of the essence. Learn how you can prepare your family for an emergency in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Protecting yourself, your family and your kids from the tumult of divorce is difficult for any couple, but when you add the media spotlight, a nasty divorce and custody battle can seem even uglier. Here, some of the worst celebrity custody battles.

By Maria Trimarchi

To minimize electromagnetic radiation exposure, limit cell phone usage. To reduce dangers from predators, teach your children not to communicate with strangers. Learn about cell phone safety tips for kids from this article.

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It’s important for children to know how to use electrical appliances safely and when to avoid them. Learn more about electricity safety tips for kids from this article.

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It’s important to teach children gun safety rules to prevent accidents. Learn more about some gun safety tips for kids from this article.

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You should teach children that although the Internet has a wealth of information and can be used to foster social connections, it’s not a private place and can be abused. Learn more about some Internet safety tips for kids from this article.

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While some people have found their match via online dating sites for single parents, it's not automatic! Learn whether there any good dating sites for single parents in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Most parents probably carry memories of being bullied when they were kids, but today's grade-schoolers have to deal with a whole new range of attacks. As a parent, you can help, but how?

By Jessika Toothman

Ever wonder what doctors talk about when no one else is around? You might be surprised to learn a few things that would actually help him or her do a better job.

By Jennifer Sellers

Parenting, under any condition, takes a lot of work, patience and effort. But raising a child prodigy has unique challenges and requires individually tailored time, attention and thought. Find out how parents have to walk the fine line between encouragement and exploitation.

By Tom Scheve

Whether they're in the office or on the playground, bullies intimidate the people around them. School-age bullies are a perfect example: They're usually bigger or older or more popular than many of their peers. What can schools do to stop classmate-on-classmate abuse?

By Tom Scheve

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A violinist who masters the instrument by the age of 5. An elementary-school kid whose paintings go for thousands of dollars. How do you spot the geniuses among the other crayon-wielding and drum-banging kids?

By Tom Scheve

Whether you're a parent, older sibling or mentor to the children in your life, you can have a huge role in helping a child succeed, especially when it comes to health and wellness. We turned to Olympic gold medalist gymnast Dominique Dawes for some tips on keeping kids healthy.

By Elizabeth Sprouse

Exposure to violence can be traumatizing. Studies show that children who witness violent behavior may be affected by the experience. Is there a way to know just how much violence has changed a child?

By Jonathan Strickland

From marrying to hanging with (or avoiding) relatives and making friends, how we determine the folks we count as family is as varied as our society. Adoption is one way to make a family, but the journey isn't easy.

By Elizabeth Sprouse

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Local law enforcement agencies along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommend that all kids have and carry identification cards.

By Maria Trimarchi

Choosing to adopt a child is a beautiful way to create or add to a family, but it isn't for everyone. If you're thinking about adopting a child, there are some questions you need to answer for yourself before beginning the process.

By Shanna Freeman

It seems like absolutely everyone -- books, pediatricians, parents, friends -- has an opinion on the right and wrong ways to care for a baby. It's enough to make a new mom crazy. How do you figure out which advice to take, and which to ignore completely?

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

A recent study found that kids living about a half mile from a playground are nearly five times more likely to be a healthy weight than kids without a playground or park in their neighborhood. Let's play!

By Maria Trimarchi

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Forty percent of all injury-related ER visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August. We can avoid almost 90 percent of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while enjoying summer vacation.

By Maria Trimarchi

Doctors often diagnose teenagers' temporary aches and pains as 'growing pains,' but they could be a signal from that body that nutrition needs supported. Learn about treating and preventing growing pains with nutrition.

By the editors of PureHealthMD