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Introduction to Adventures in Parenting

Parenting

Have you heard the latest advice about parenting?

Of course you have. From experts to other parents, people are always ready to give you parenting advice. Parenting tips, parents’ survival guides, dos, don’ts, shoulds, and shouldn’ts—new ones come out every day.

But with so much information available, how can anyone figure out what really works? How do you know whose advice to follow? Isn’t parenting just common sense anyway? How can the experts know what it’s like to be a parent in a real house?

What’s a parent to do?

Try RPM3—a no-frills approach to parenting from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

For over 30 years, the NICHD has conducted and supported research in parenting and child development. We’ve talked to experts, parents, and children. We’ve collected statistics, identified myths, a...More

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What is the RPM3 approach to parenting?

  • The first thing you need to know is that there are no perfect parents.
  • Parenting isn't all-or-nothing.
  • Successes and mistakes are part of being a parent.
  • Start to think about the type of parent you want to be.
  • RPM3 stands for:
    • Responding to your child in an appropriate manner.
    • Preventing risky behavior or problems before they arise.
    • Monitoring your child's contact with his or her surrounding world.
    • Mentoring your child to support and encourage desired behaviors.
    • Modeling your own behavior to provide a consistent, positive example for your child.
  • By including responding, preventing, monitoring, mentoring, and modeling in your day-to-day parenting activities, you can become a more effective, consistent, active, and attentive parent.
  • Learn how to apply the RPM3 approach if your child is:

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  • Kids' Behavior Worsened With Remote Learning: Study

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  • Parents Underestimate How Much Time Teens Spent Online During Pandemic

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  • Mom & Dad's Holiday Stress a Downer for Kids, Poll Finds

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    • 'Baby Talk' Is Really Helping Baby Learn

      You may feel silly doing it, but baby talk helps your infant learn the basics of human language, a new study suggests. More...

    • Reading With Your Toddler? Books May Beat Screens

      Toddlers are more likely to interact with their parents when they're sharing a paper children's book rather than a tablet, University of Michigan researchers found. More...

    • Are Your Holiday Gifts on the 'Noisy Toy List'?

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    • Many Kids, Teens Think Girls Don't Care About Computer Science

      The misconception that girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering begins at a young age in the United States. More...

    • Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren't Thankful Enough: Poll

      As American families sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving, a majority of parents say they want to raise grateful kids but they don't think they're succeeding. More...

    • Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

      A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight. More...

    • AHA News: Family-Based Programs Targeting Childhood Obesity Can Be Good for Parents, Too

      Family-based programs to encourage healthier eating and physical activity have long been regarded as an effective way to put children diagnosed as overweight or with obesity on a path to a better future. More...

    • Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

      American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals. More...

    • Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

      In a finding that suggests a family's income influences parents' views on COVID vaccines for their younger kids, a new survey shows the more money parents make, the likelier they are to get their kids a shot. More...

    • No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

      Will boys fixated on gore-filled video games become violent in real life? Many parents may worry that's the case, but new and reassuring research finds violent video games don't trigger actual violence in kids. More...

    • For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

      Most kids fear needles, but a few simple steps can help your young one get their COVID-19 shots with the fewest tears shed, experts say. More...

    • U.S. Adolescents' Daily Screen Time Doubled During Pandemic

      As teens dramatically stepped up their screen time during COVID-19 lockdowns, their well-being took a hit, a new study reveals. More...

    • Pediatricians Offer Advice on Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe

      As COVID-19 continues to grip the United States, parents need to plan ahead to keep their children safe on Halloween, experts say. More...

    • Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

      It is a fear that millions of parents have been harboring since the pandemic began: Will their children fall behind in school due to disruptions caused by lockdowns, closings and social distancing? More...

    • Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

      Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says. More...

    • As COVID Cases Drop, Fauci Tells Families to Enjoy Halloween

      It's okay for American children to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. More...

    • Kids With Food Allergies Are Often Targets for Bullies

      Life is challenging enough for teens and pre-teens with food allergies. But bullying often comes with the territory, making their situation worse. More...

    • As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health Suffered

      It should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes. More...

    • Active Learning Best for Students: Study

      Whether you're a kid or a college student, you'll learn more with interactive activities, discussions, movement and even AI-enhanced technologies than you will just sitting still and listening, a new study suggests. More...

    • Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

      The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday. More...

    • New Tricks to Turn Your Fussy Eater Around

      If your children are picky eaters, bribing or pressuring them will probably backfire. But there are other steps you can take to help them get over their fussiness, researchers report. More...

    • Watch Their Backs -- Don't Overload Those Schoolbags

      After more than a year at home, children are heading back to classrooms across the country. But they're also toting heavy bags on their backs again. More...

    • Tips to Helping Your Teen Get Enough Zzzzzs

      Close to 8 in 10 high school students don't get enough sleep on an average school night, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More...

    • Kids' Temporary Tattoos Can Harm Skin Function

      More moisture was lost in skin with transfer tattoos compared to non-tattooed skin, which can damage the epidermis, the skin's thin protective barrier, the study found. More...

    • Kids Piled on Extra Pounds During Pandemic

      During lockdowns, American kids gained more weight than before the pandemic, and the number who became obese also increased, researchers report. More...

    • Pandemic Had Many Young Athletes Reconsidering Their Sport

      The pause in youth sports caused by the COVID-19 pandemic wound up shaking some budding athletes to their core, a new U.S. survey shows. More...

    • As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

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    • Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

      This year of pandemic isolation and anxiety has been tough for many, but an expert says college students are at particularly high risk for mental health issues as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. More...

    • Get Your Kids on a School-Ready Sleep Schedule

      After a year of learning online in their pajamas at home, many kids may struggle to wake up early for class as schools reopen this fall, an expert says. More...

    • AHA News: Protecting Children's Mental Health as They Head Back to School

      Experts say heading back to school will be anything but routine this year. Which means parents and teachers will need to take extra steps to protect children's mental health. More...

    • How Your Kid's Education Could Make You Healthier

      If you're a parent, here's another reason to encourage your kids to get a good education: Children's educational successes or failures can impact their parent's physical and mental health, new research suggests. More...

    • Drowning Deaths for U.S. Kids Have Fallen 38% Since 1999

      Newly released numbers for 1999 through 2019 show steady progress in reducing the number of young lives lost to drowning. More...

    • Parent's Words Key to Young Kids' Fears Around Vaccination

      What's the best way to help your young child handle the stress of getting shots? New research claims that perfectly timed encouragement makes all the difference with vaccinations. More...

    • Summer Drowning Deaths Can Happen Quickly: Know the Facts

      The best way to prevent drowning in children and teens is to guard against the danger on multiple fronts, a leading pediatricians' group says. More...

    • Why Handwriting Still Beats Typing, Videos at Helping Folks Learn

      New research suggests that despite the ease of using a computer for typing notes or watching videos, people learn certain skills significantly better and faster when writing them by hand. More...

    • Sharing Bed With Baby: Dangerous, and It Won't Boost 'Attachment,' Study Shows

      Whether to share your bed with your infant at night has been the subject of heated debate: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against it, recommending room-sharing but not bed-sharing, while others promote the practice as part of an idea called attachment parenting. More...

    • Child Drownings in U.S. Pools, Spas Are on the Rise

      Pool and spa drowning deaths among U.S. children are spiking upwards, and restrictions related to the COVID pandemic may also mean that fewer kids are getting the swimming lessons that might keep them safe, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns. More...

    • AHA News: As the Pandemic Wanes, Get Kids on the Road to Good Health This Summer

      Nice weather and a receding pandemic should make for a joyous, memorable summer, especially after a year of lockdowns, frustration and discouraging news. For kids, and their parents, it's also a chance to get back on the road to normal after a long COVID-19 detour. More...

    • 'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

      It's a scenario fraught with potential conflict: Moving back home as an adult can be tough -- on both the grown children and their parents. More...

    • Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball Season

      Young baseball players are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to play it safe and prevent such problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. More...

    • Most Parents OK About School Rules for Kids' Return to Sports: Poll

      In the survey, about three-quarters of parents said their child's teams mostly did the right thing while resuming sports during COVID. Thirteen percent said officials were too strict, and 14% said they were too lenient. More...

    • Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

      Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests. More...

    • What Will Summer Camp Look Like This Year?

      It's nearly time for summer camp, and the experience is expected to be especially important for America's children because of the pandemic. More...

    • 1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

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