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Parenting is hard work. As a parent, you want to keep up with the latest trends and issues in parenting, but you’re stuck in the trenches, simply trying to make it from day to day. Chances are you don’t have time to scour the web to find the articles that tout the latest research and tell you about the next best thing in parenting. Thankfully, we do. We’ve gathered the top parenting articles from 2018 for you to read when you find that rare moment of free time, maybe sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or killing time before soccer practice ends.

Helping Your Children Interact with Others

Not All Unkindness is Bullying

This piece from the Washington Post takes a unique look at bullying. The word “bullying” gets thrown around a lot, but when your son or daughter comes and says another student is a bully, is that really true? The article encourages parents and teachers to take a closer look at what constitutes bullying and help their own children understand the difference between actual bullying and kids being kids.

How to Teach Kids to Be Kind

Of course, parents should encourage their children to show kindness to one another. In this post from HelpTeaching.com, parents learn some simple ways to encourage kindness in their children, starting with the first step – modeling kindness themselves.

Being There For Your Children

The Danger of Distracted Parenting

Are you guilty of being a distracted parent? Does your screen time get in the way of quality time with your children? The Atlantic article references child development experts and key studies focusing on the effects of screen time on adults and babies. And most parents will be happy to know that occasional distractions won’t scar their children for life. For more information on screen time limits for different ages, check out the Guide to Quality Screen Time for Babies, Children, and Teens.

Parenting with a Buzz: When Does Alcohol as Self-Care Become a Problem?

While moms around the globe are sipping their “mommy juice,” celebrities like Anne Hathaway are giving up alcohol for the sake of their children. If you enjoy a glass of wine or a beer to help you unwind, it might be worth taking a second look at your habits by reading this article from Parenting.com. Most drinking is harmless, but it can’t hurt to make sure it’s not keeping you from being the best parent you can be.

Keeping Your Children Safe

7 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Before a Play Date

In today’s world, you can never be too careful. While you want your children to spend time with their friends, you also want to keep them safe. Modern Mom breaks down the questions you should ask before every play date or sleepover and shares conversations to have with your child so he/she knows when rules and safety guidelines have been violated.

Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know

If you have older children, you probably worry about drug and alcohol use. One of the latest trends in teen drug use is vaping and it’s something that’s being done by kids in middle school too. The Child Mind Institute breaks down what parents need to know about vaping and how to start a conversation on the subject with kids.

Helping Your Children Grow

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting

According to The New York Times, intensive parenting has become the new norm. The article breaks down how parenting has changed throughout the last few decades and shares expert advice for those currently on the parenting journey.

9 Benefits of Traveling with Children

Your life doesn’t end when you become a parent, nor does your ability to travel around the world. In fact, travel can be a lot more rewarding with children in tow. This article encourages parents to get out and see the world with their children, whether it’s just for a short trip or some extended time abroad. If you don’t have the money or resources to travel, you can also take a virtual trip or explore a new topic using resources such as the Ultimate Guide to Online Self-Learning for Kids as a starting point.

What are some of your go-to resources when it comes to finding the latest parenting advice and resources? We’d love to hear your favorite blogs, websites, Facebook pages, and more in the comments.