Parenting Concerns By Sign
- Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Goats are the old souls of the zodiac, even as children. These hard-working and practical little people make great leaders from the get-go.
Pluses: Outgoing Capricorns are popular and smart, and their natural sense of responsibility is a relief for parents. They're also very family-oriented.
Concerns: These serious kids can be hard on themselves because they hate to make mistakes, and they are not great at being flexible. Make sure they know that doing their best is what counts. Their focus on appearances and high standards can make them tend towards snobbiness.
- Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarian kids march to the beat of their own drum — these offbeat children have a great imagination and a progressive world view.
Pluses: Aquarians are animal lovers who thrive on new experiences and aren't afraid to be themselves. They root for underdogs and are often exceptionally bright.
Concerns: These daredevils aren't a big fan of authority, so you'll have to childproof and make sure the rules are clear. Their individualism can easily turn into stubbornness.
- Pisces (February 19-March 20)
The sign of the fish is ruled by emotions, for better or for worse. That means your little Pisces is compassionate and affectionate—but also sensitive and short on boundaries.
Pluses: Pisces children are sweethearts, full of love and creativity. These daydreamers have great imaginations and big hearts.
Concerns: You may have to bring your little idealist down to reality sometimes, which can be tough on his or her sensitive soul.
- Aries (March 21-April 19)
Energetic Aries children are natural performers, thanks to their creative and brave nature.
Pluses: These children are full of passion and will throw themselves into a creative endeavour. They're also protective of their siblings, and fiercely loyal.
Concerns: All that passion and energy can translate into impatience and restlessness, and Aries temper tantrums are a force to contend with.
- Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Nature-loving and ruled by sensory experiences, Taurus kids love to explore the great outdoors.
Pluses: These responsible children will be great at saving up their allowance, and thrive under a routine — they love security and will reward it with affection.
Concerns: That need for security can translate into clinginess— avoid it by making sure your Taurus child feels secure. And this star sign is never in a big hurry to get anywhere, so you can't be either.
- Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Charming and talkative Geminis are likely to meet developmental milestones early, thanks to their natural smarts and curiousity.
Pluses: These children love to learn and enjoy new experiences, which makes them adaptable. They're social beings and will love playgroups and classes with other children.
Concerns: That charm can turn into moodiness and manipulativeness, so make sure you aren't getting played by the smallest member of your household. And your Gemini child is not great at making decisions quickly.
- Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancers are well mannered and nurturing, but also shy. So their sweet nature may not be immediately obvious to those who don't know them well.
Pluses: These security loving kids will be thrilled to have a routine and can play well on their own. Cancers are great siblings, thanks to their sensitive and nurturing personalities.
Concerns: Your loving Cancer may also become clingy, especially because this sign is naturally cautious and easily overwhelmed.
- Leo (July 23-August 22)
The lion of the zodiac is big hearted and proud, but also dramatic and sensitive.
Pluses: Leos are warm and generous, and fiercely loyal. These affectionate children are generally happy, and have a flair for art and drama.
Concerns: All that drama can mean some intense temper tantrums, and attention-loving Leos crave attention and approval—and can feel wounded when they don't get it.
- Virgo (August 23-September 23)
Virgos are the zodiac's tiny grownups. These practical, organized children can often seem more comfortable with adults and older kids than with their peers.
Pluses: Many Virgos are early speakers or readers, and can thrive in school at a young age. They crave order, love to feel helpful, and learn well through observation.
Concerns: Perfectionist Virgos can be too hard on themselves, and their caution can translate into anxiety. Picky food habits aren't uncommon either.
- Libra (September 24-October 22)
With a strong sense of justice, conflict-hating Libras often play the peacemaker. They're social, polite, and affectionate, making them popular with their peers.
Pluses: Libras love to celebrate, and are often musically inclined. They have a flair for making things beautiful, and are generous to a fault.
Concerns: Make sure your little Libra doesn't go too far to please people and forget about their own concerns. And their indecisiveness can make them poor at time management.
- Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Your Scorpio may seem calm, but there's a lot of intensity under the surface. These security-loving kids are intuitive and artistic.
Pluses: Scorpios are imaginative and love mystery and dress-up. They are not mysteries themselves, though — they have very clear favourites and a strong will.
Concerns: Their tendency to keep their feelings to themselves can lead Scorpios to bottle things up. They can also be possessive and jealous, so they may need some work on sharing.
- Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Adventurous Sags love to explore outside. They crave freedom, push boundaries, and hate rules — but are very independent.
Pluses: Sagittarius kids are open minded and open to new experiences, and are bright so they learn quickly. They love animals and do well caring for pets.
Concerns: Their adventurous streak means that Sags are not great with rules, so they have to be made clear to these freedom-craving kids.
Bonus: Are you expecting a new baby in 2014? If so, chances are he or she will be born during the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, which begins on Jan. 31, 2014 and runs until Feb. 18, 2015. Horse children are bright, energetic, kind and able. They're great communicators who are talkative and perceptive, but can be temperamental and impatient.