Jon And Kate + Eight; Innocent Documentary or Dangerous Exploitation?

Posted April 1, 2009 by Paul Michael

The phenomenon that is Kate Gosselin, hubby Jon and their eight children has made for interesting television over the years. But there’s a question that keeps cropping up over and over again – “is this still an innocent documentary, or has it morphed into something much more exploitative?”

Has The Time Come For Me To Beat My Kids?

Posted March 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

I've always been easy on my two little girls, but recently it occurred to me that I've been a little too easy on them. I play the part of the good cop, my wife teaching them more about life than I do. And I finally came to realize the other day that I may just have to start beating them. I'm talking, of course, about competitive games.

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Child's Advocate

Posted March 24, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

We had an experience over Christmastime that really soured my attitude towards the medical profession -- Emergency Room doctors, primarily -- and made me realize that I am the only one looking out for the best interests of my children and I need to be ready to ask questions and make decisions when the time calls for it.

The Gambler in All of Us

Posted March 11, 2009 by Fred Lee

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A new study has found that impulsive and hyperactive behavior in children as young as five might be a predictor of compulsive gambling behavior later in their lives.

Helicopter Parenting Earns Its Wings

Posted March 10, 2009 by Fred Lee

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Believe it or not, a recent study found that being a helicopter parent might not be so bad for your kids, after all.

When You See Something, Say Something.

Posted March 3, 2009 by Paul Michael

This may come as common sense to many of you, but it’s an important story and one I felt I had to share. I hope it encourages all of you to trust your gut reaction as a parent or guardian and do what’s right, even when it’s easier to do nothing.

Just Say No to Volunteering in the Classroom

Posted February 23, 2009 by Maggie Wells

Does your kid's school ask you to volunteer? Why should you have to? Do you do your dishes when you go to a restaurant? DO you read your own X-rays at the hospital? Why are we supposed to be in the classroom?

Thomas & FriendsTM Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town

Posted February 23, 2009 by Sherry Pardy

If your family can only see one show this year, make it Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town! Not only has Thomas outdone himself this time, but show producers AEG ThemeSTAR and HIT Entertainment have teamed up with Autism Speaks for the yearlong tour.

The Family Bed: The Secure Sleep

Posted February 14, 2009 by Maggie Wells

Why do we keep our young children in a room all the way down the hall from us? Why do we spend too much money fixing up Ikea showroom like rooms for them when they really want to be with us? Why do we think it's weird to sleep with our children when most of the world does it? Wake up, America, and go to sleep with your children.

Let Them Eat Dirt

Posted February 5, 2009 by Fred Lee

When we make our family’s world too clean and sanitary, are we actually doing ourselves a disservice?

Chicken Pox parties; would you take your kids to one?

Posted January 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

A conversation bubbled up today between myself and a few colleagues at work. It was about illness, in particular measles and mumps. Then out of nowhere, a good friends said “and they’re even having Chicken Pox parties now.” Wait, what? A party where you go to get Chicken Pox? It couldn’t be true, could it? Well, it is true.

Exercise May Make Your Kids Smarter

Posted January 20, 2009 by Fred Lee

Recent evidence seems to indicate that exercise is good for your brain.

Thoughts from the Amtrak Train: Bad Behavior

Posted January 17, 2009 by Maggie Wells

I don't think my kids are the model of good behavior but enough people around me do think they are. We've been on a train trip meeting all sorts of people...perhaps they are models. And if they are, here's why...

Lessons in Over-Parenting

Posted January 17, 2009 by Fred Lee

Are we doing our children any favors by taking care of everything for them?

How to Have the Cheapest, (and Most Memorable) Christmas Ever!

Posted December 15, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

With a new home and a new baby due any second, this Christmas is tight. Looking around, it's tight for everyone. Here are a bunch of tricks, tips and crafts to make your holiday hold some extra meaning this year without having to spend the extra cash.

Disney's Latest: Tinkerbell

Posted December 3, 2008 by Maggie Wells

Buying into the latest Disney franchise to capture your wallet and the hearts and minds of your daughters?

Holiday Card Action

Posted December 1, 2008 by Maggie Wells

Stuck without a way to make your children think of something besides their lists for Santa? Join my family as we participate in Amnesty International's Holiday Card Action.

Review: The Emotes Books

Posted November 23, 2008 by Fred Lee

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The Emotes books offer a new look at some of the age old problems that kids must confront.

Guilt Tripping

Posted November 18, 2008 by Maggie Wells

I’ve been a little absent from Parenting Squad because a little career boost sent me away from my usual routine. My unpublished short story collection won a very cool award. Yay! I had to leave the family behind a few days. There is nothing that more physically addresses a mom trying to have a career than a few days apart from the children.

Kid-Safe Surfing Should Value Parental Involvement

Posted October 28, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

I have been a Glubble user for some time now. I enjoy letting my kids cruise the internet, but I want to be responsible about how much freedom I gave them. This newest version of the software strikes perfect balance between managing your kids’ screen time and giving them permission to really go places with their online experience!