Parenting

How to talk to children about the coronavirus

Wondering how to talk to your children about the coronavirus? Here’s how to prepare for questions they might ask and how you can respond.

Surrogacy: Who decides to become a gestational carrier?

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

What prompts a woman to become a surrogate or gestational carrier, carrying a child for people she may not know? The answers seem straightforward in some instances and more complex in others.

Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

Establishing a legal relationship between parents and their children allows both parents to make care decisions. For LGBTQ+ families, this can be especially important. In some states, co-parent adoption, which offers broader protection than a state birth certificate, is available.

When is a heavy period too heavy?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Girls and their parents often wonder when bleeding with a period is too heavy. It’s normal for periods to be irregular and occasionally heavy in the first few years after menstruation starts, but some signs of heavy bleeding merit a call to your child’s doctor.

Coronavirus: What parents should know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s natural for parents to be worried about whether their children could be at risk from the novel coronavirus. While there is much that is still not known, common sense and simple public health precautions will help protect everyone.

Infertility the second time around

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

If you have a child and wish for more but are struggling with fertility issues, you may have many feelings and concerns. Here are some steps and strategies you may find helpful.

Think hard before shaming children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Parents may offer what they think is constructive criticism to a child, but there is a fine line between criticism and shaming, and shaming can have lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem.

What to do when your child swears

Steve Calechman

Contributor

Even young children can surprise a parent with salty language. Regardless of where they first heard it, use the occasion to help your child learn appropriate behavior in and outside the home.

Vaccines for women: Before conception, during pregnancy, and after a birth

Thinking about becoming pregnant? Already pregnant? It helps to be aware of which vaccines to consider getting, and the timing for these. Some vaccinations for women also help protect newborns.

What parents need to know about a vegan diet

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If your family follows a vegan diet––or your child expresses the desire to do so on their own––it’s important for parents to be aware of the nutritional challenges of vegan eating, and how to meet them.