7 parenting tips for raising a smart child

7 parenting tips for raising a smart child

Childhood is one of, if not, the most critical aspect of an individual's life. It is the starting point that determines a lot of what the future becomes.

All parents want the best for their children, to grow up healthy, happy and successful. When it comes to intellectual development, some say that intelligence is a product of both nature and nurture. Child development is perhaps more straightforward than we think.

Below are 7 parenting tips for raising a smarter child.

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Our six secrets for stress-free travel with children

Our six secrets for stress-free travel with children

Travelling with children can be stressful, especially on long road trips or if you're stuck in an airport. I've travelled long distances with my daughters since they were six weeks old and we have certainly had our fair share of meltdowns - admittedly, I've had my moments too - but it never ceases to amaze me that at least one fellow passenger comments every time about how relaxed we all seem to be. But with help from experts like Dr. Pamela Smith, ND and lifestyle and wellness expert and nutrition coach, Michal Ofer, and the Moms at Calmmother I know we're in good hands.

Here are our top six tips to help make traveling with children stress-free regardless of whether you're on a road trip or an airplane with a newborn or a five year old (or both!).

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Two key tips for successful potty training

Two key tips for successful potty training

In my experience, there are two things that can make potty training process much quicker and easier. 

First and most importantly, finding a straightforward and effective approach to potty training that's best for you and your child.

Second, using incentives that actually work.

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Six simple steps to effective potty training using the Calm Method

Six simple steps to effective potty training using the Calm Method

If there's one thing we've learned about potty training it's that there are no set rules! Children show signs of readiness at different ages and a method that yields great results with one child can be completely ineffective for another, even siblings. That being said, the methods we believe are most effective are used after children are 18 months old and showing signs of readiness (check out our Toddler Method - Potty Training page).

The potty training approach below is based on the method used by our very own contributor, Terri. It is a relaxed, straightforward, child-led approach to potty training that allows you to effectively train your child how to use the potty stress-free. This method is great because you can go about your day almost completely as usual because the potty is always close by to your child (which helps to prevent accidents). If you need or want to go out with your child during the potty training process, just put her diaper or training pants on, and go. 

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