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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

Fast Facts: Learn! Fast!

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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    • Get Your Kids on a School-Ready Sleep Schedule

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

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    • How Your Kid's Education Could Make You Healthier

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

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

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

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

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      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...

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    • 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?

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

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    • Boys Who Spend Lots of Time Online More Likely to Cyberbully

      Here's yet another reason to keep your teenager from spending countless hours online and on popular social media: New research suggests it increases cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys. More...

    • Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?

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    • Nearly Half of U.S. Schools Now Offer In-Person Learning

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    • Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids' & Parents' Mental Health

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    • CDC Says 3 Feet of Social Distancing Now OK in Most Classrooms

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    • Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

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    • Stressed and Distracted, Kids and Their Teachers Say Virtual Learning Isn't Working

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    • When Kids Misbehave, 'Verbal Reasoning' Can Sometimes Backfire

      Most parents know that child behavior experts recommend against spanking, but new research suggests that so-called "positive" discipline methods don't always work either. More...

    • Anchor It! Toppling TVs, Furniture Can Injure and Kill Kids

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    • There’s ‘A Path Forward’ to Reopening Schools, CDC Officials Say

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    • Tips for Parents of Kids With Diabetes

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    • Toddler Tantrums? Pediatricians Offer Tips to Curb Bad Behavior

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    • Many Parents Support 'Teens Helping Teens' Mental Health Programs at Schools: Poll

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    • How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

      Kids who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment, new research warns. More...

    • New Year, New Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe and Healthy

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    • Parents Feel the Strain as Pandemic Adds New Role: Teacher

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    • Involved Dads Make a Difference for Disadvantaged Teens

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    • Poll Charts U.S. Parents' Biggest Worries During Pandemic

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    • Parents, Don't Worry if Baby's Sleep Is Erratic

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    • How to Keep Kids Resilient in a Strange Holiday Season

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    • AHA News: The Heart Health Risks of Being a Single Parent

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    • Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

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    • Does Parents' Nagging Kids About Screen Time Even Matter?

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