Best of Parenting: The Long Way Home Edition

Posted July 17, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Even if you’re entertaining the idea of a “staycation,” it’s probably not possible to get through the next six months without at least one grueling family trip. These mom and dad experts give advice for getting to the next rest stop without incident, and understand that the mildest-mannered little ones can freak out en route to your dream destination. Buckle up!

Best of Parenting: The Boo-Boo Edition

Posted July 10, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

Being a Mom or Dad has its ups and downs, as well as its fair share of blood and guts. If you’ve ever felt alone in your quest for keeping the crying to a minimum and the Band-Aids well stocked, have no fear. This weekly roundup of the most insightful, ironic, and hysterical blog posts on childhood injury and illness will have you feeling like part of a not-so-exclusive club in no time.

Best of Parenting: Celebration Edition

Posted July 3, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Today is my birthday (and my husband’s birthday.) With each passing year, things get a bit more stressful, and a little less… celebratory. Perhaps I’m lacking in motivation, but I’d like to think that I just need a little inspiration. Thank goodness for these truly amazing, delicious, and simple ways to celebrate all of life’s finer things – compliments of experts from all over the web! (Now I have no excuses.)

4 Really Cool Green (and Blue and Red) Art Projects for Kids

Posted June 27, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I love preassembled art crafting kits for kids. Recent budget-tightening and an increased interest in recycling, however, have led to some new opportunities to get especially creative with our homeschool craft routine. Check out the four top picks from our dining room table, and see how they can be adapted to fit your creative time!

Let's Go Clubbing: What's the best organization for your child?

Posted June 26, 2009 by Marla Walters

Should your child join a club? How do you choose the right one? In this article we’ll look at some of the more popular kids’ organizations.

The Importance of Play

Posted June 25, 2009 by Fred Lee

Unstructured playtime is more important for your kids than you might have thought.

When Bedtimes Are A Bad Idea

Posted June 21, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I completely understand the benefits of having structure. While I'm inclined to throw everything to the wind, doing most tasks when I feel most productive, I agree that children benefit from having some consistency in their lives. So why is it that regular bedtimes seem more of an interruption to their natural lives than anything else?

When Kids Lie

Posted June 17, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

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There comes an age with cute antics become outright lies and a parent has to take action before consequences become worse. Discipline is never fun but it is an essential tool to keeping kids honest.

I'm Just Not THAT Kind of Mom

Posted June 9, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

Last week I attended my 9-year-old son's last baseball game of the season. Going to my son's baseball games requires supernatural amounts of patience and perseverance because I have two younger daughters, and because my husband is one of the coaches, I am on my own with childcare duties.

Eyes of the Beholder

Posted May 26, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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What happens when you have a really creative kid team up with a really fun and creative babysitter? The answer: A big misunderstanding.

Movers and Shakers

Posted May 17, 2009 by Fred Lee

Educational experts are beginning to understand the importance of physical activity as a part of learning.

The Homework Wars

Posted May 11, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

I hate homework. There, I said it. When I was a student, I hated homework. I did as little as I could to get by. When I was a 3rd grade teacher, I hated homework. I was always the teacher who didn't assign much homework and was happy to modify the assignment for those kids who struggled through it. Now I'm a parent of a 3rd grader and a kindergartner, and I am once again questioning the purpose of homework.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Posted May 11, 2009 by Fred Lee

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and a chance to make a difference in a child's life.

Pretentious or Productive? The Parent-Child Book Group

Posted May 11, 2009 by Marla Walters

With summer reading time just around the corner, parents may be anticipating trips to the library and bookstore. Should you consider forming, or joining, a book group with your child?

Etiquette 101: One of the UN-fun Jobs of Parenting

Posted May 3, 2009 by Marla Walters

Were you born in a barn? Raised by wolves? Do you want people to think YOUR child was? Odds are, you don’t. Here are some etiquette basics to teach your child.

Are you afraid your child has the swine virus?

Posted April 30, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

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Is the swine virus still a mystery to you? No, you can't get it by eating well-cooked pork but, like all influenza viruses, the wrong sneeze or cough could get you worried.

Coping With Group Projects

Posted April 24, 2009 by Julie Rains

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Teachers seem to assign group projects on a routine basis now vs. hardly ever when I was a student. But not everyone likes group work. I particularly enjoy the observation of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird that “miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.” Here are ideas on coping with group activities.

Water: A Crystal Clear Solution to Childhood Obesity

Posted April 23, 2009 by Fred Lee

New research has determined that there is a straightforward way to make a significant impact on the battle against childhood obesity. It is an idea that is so obvious, not to mention cost effective, that it could be considered crystal clear to many of us: have your kids drink more water.


Posted April 13, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

It's an inevitable rite of passage in every child's life -- the first sleepover.

Book Reviews – Higher! Higher! and Baby Happy, Baby Sad.

Posted April 5, 2009 by Paul Michael

“Grrreaatt!” said Olivia, “this book is gonna be mine forever!” Isla looked on with an orange-slice smile. “Yeah! I want another one book. More book please!” That was the consensus of my two little girls, and I had to agree.