Laura Davis is a nationally known author, lecturer and workshop leader. She writes a monthly parenting column, "Becoming the Parent I Want to Be," which appears in papers throughout the country. She is the co-author, with Ellen Bass, of "The Courage to Heal" and "Beginning to Heal" and the author of "The Courage to Heal Workbook" and "Allies in Healing."With Janis Keyser, she has written Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years and maintains a parenting Web site. Laura is the stepmother of a young adult and the mother of a six year old and a two year old. She lives with her family in Santa Cruz, California.
Janis Keyser is a teacher, parent educator, program director and speaker, who specializes in child development. She teaches full-time in the Early Childhood Education Department at Cabrillo College and has been conducting parenting workshops for over 20 years. She is a nationally recognized speaker at parenting, family and child development conferences around the country, and is a gifted photographer. The pair also writes a nationally syndicated parenting column, "Growing Up, Growing Together." She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and is the mother of three, stepmother of five, grandmother of twelve and the great-grandmother of four.
- Ten things you can do to make the world better for all families
- Learning from your mistakes
- Teaching children to feel safe, strong and good about their world
- How do children learn values?
- Learning to observe children
- Cultivating a spirit of optimism about your children
- Ten parenting paradoxes
- Helping children in times of crisis
- Working toward a balance of needs
Archive of Q&A
- How much attention does an infant really need?
- Tummy-time activities
- Keeping your baby busy (and happy!)
- Is there a best age for day care?
- Is a child's learning ability set at a certain age?
- Changing diapers as an opportunity to nurture
- Improving baby's language skills
- Do babies need shoes when they walk?
- Toddler troubles
- Helping your sensitive toddler
- Toddler twins: Double the trouble?
- Dealing with day care separation
- Vacuum cleaner phobia
- Afraid of the dark?
- Is TV really harmful to toddlers?
- When your toddler hits
- How can you keep your toddler from biting?
- Potty training: Is early better?
- When is a child ready to give up naps?
- When your little one refuses medication
- Whining: When will it stop?
- Should you worry about your child's imaginary friend?
- Happy at home: Is preschool necessary?
- How important are bedtime rituals?
- Breaking away from Barbie
- Little boys who love guns: Encouraging nonviolent play
Your School-Age Child
- Ideas for a fun (and tear-free) birthday party
- Lying: Normal for a young child?
- Home alone: When is your child ready?
- Video games: Finding a balance
- Coed parties for seventh grader?
- Can you break up "Romeo and Juliet"?
- Helping your preteen deal with strong emotions
- Anger management techniques for teens
- Spacing your kids: Is there an ideal interval?
- New mom exhaustion: How to cope
- Easing the home to day care transition
- How can you juggle work and family?
- What method of discipline really works?
- Learning to discipline without spanking
- What can you do when your child feels ignored?
- Long-time only child: Easing the transition
- The "other man" in my young daughter's life
- "My child is a perfectionist!"
- When does gender identification become important?
- New Years' celebration: Making it memorable for your kids