Baby Years

 If you're looking for easy-to-follow instructions and getting the job done in the shortest amount of time, then the three-day method is for you. There are many variations of this approach, but the concept is the same.  (Thinkstock)

What you need to know about potty training

BY DAWN ANTIS
 You don't have to introduce foods in any particular order. All babies are going to advance with foods at their own rate, so feeding them fruit first does not mean they will inherit a sweet tooth for life. (Thinkstock)

Myths and tips about baby's first foods

BY DAWN ANTIS
 If you're a parent of multiples, plan ahead. The baby shower, baby moon, pregnancy photos and nursery should all be completed before the 28-week pregnancy mark.

Tips for parents with multiples

Are all of those babies making you crazy?
DAWN ANTIS

Early Years

 Safe Sitter and the Red Cross offer babysitter training in Orange County, including introductory and advanced sessions throughout the year at local hospitals, churches and other locations.

Help! I need a babysitter

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
 Sardines is a backwards version of hide-and-seek.

Keep little minds active during summer

BY ROXANNE HACK
comforting

Have a soft heart

In today's modern world, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
ROXANNE HACK

Middle Years

 Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice faces the greatest risk, according to the CDC.

Head lice cause more stress than harm

BY AMY BENTLEY
 Brett Rose gives a lesson to Zoe Garduno at SwimLabs OC.

Water safety 101

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Help the child self-monitor. “You can say, ‘ Oh, I am noticing you are doing this, so it's time to get your mittens.'”

Help your kids break those bad habits

Develop strategies to stop unhealthy behavior
AMY BENTLEY

Teen Years

A friend is someone who listens and supports, but does not attempt to set limits or change behavior. A parent, on the other hand, is one who does set limits and imposes consequences in an effort to influence behavior. (Thinkstock)

Are you too buddy-buddy with your teenager?

Figuring out the fine line between parent and friend
BY BLAKE WYMAN
When it comes to the issue of teens and privacy – and how much parental scrutiny a teen should be prepared to open himself or herself up to – parents often find themselves in a pickle. (Thinkstock)

How much privacy should you allow your teenager?

There's a fine line between protecting and being overbearing
BY BLAKE WYMAN
 A CDC study revealed that in 2013, 35 percent of high school students consumed alcohol; of those teens, 21 percent admitted to binge drinking. (Thinkstock)

How can your teen learn to party responsibly?

BY MICHELLE THOMPSON